Friday 25th January tree planting at Heckmondwyke.

Submitted by julia on Tue, 22nd Jan 2013, 4:10pm

If the snow has not melted it is unlikely that we will be able to go ahead with the tree planting at Dewsbury Country Park on Friday 25th January. The technique for this site is planting the trees into a 'trench' already prepared by a tractor. If the snow is covering the ground then we will not be able to see where the trench is.

We can now confirm that the tree planting will not go ahead but will be rescheduled to Friday 1st March. As an alternative we will return to Brackenhill ULA to continue with the willow coppicing that we started last week. This will improve the area and increase the potential for different species of plants.

WFV Social Cancelled

Submitted by julia on Mon, 21st Jan 2013, 11:33am

We have decided to cancel tomorrow's (22nd January) WFV Social event because of the adverse weather conditions.

At this stage there is no plan to reschedule the event, sorry for any disappointment.


Celebrating National Tree Week

Submitted by julia on Wed, 28th Nov 2012, 8:38pm

On Tuesday 27th November we helped 3 classes planting trees and bulbs on the new school field at Appleton Academy. The trees were bought by H&J Martin, the company that has just completed the new building, and we were joined by Garry Farmer, the site construction manager. 

Despite the drizzle, the cold and the mud all the children and the parent helpers seemed to enjoy the activity and were pleased to be able to help put the finishing touches to their new school.

If you want see a bit more, have a look at the video on this page ...

We'd just like to add...we'd never condone the waving of spades in normal circumstances!!

Friday 19th October 2012: User Forum from 5pm

Submitted by Nick on Tue, 16th Oct 2012, 2:34pm
Reminder that we are hosting a User Forum on Friday 19th October from 5pm at Culture Fusion (performance area). We will be discussing the BEES Conservation Volunteer project. Followed by a presentation from Sue about her trip to Spain to work on the project that Montse organised. If people fancy after we can go for a drink and or a curry. Look forward to seeing you.

Forest Garden Project Planning Day

Submitted by Nick on Tue, 16th Oct 2012, 9:03am
We will be choosing which edible plants we want in the garden and where we want to plant them. This will be a fun and interactive process and we want to involve as many people as possible. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All welcome 11-3 Thursday October 25th The Rockwell Centre - Thorpe Edge Bradford – BD10 8DP

Solar Powered Pink Milkfloat at Apple Day!

Submitted by julia on Sat, 22nd Sep 2012, 12:08pm

What's going on? Apple milkshakes?

Actually it is an old fashioned printing press and will set up for the day so people can have a go at printing their own Appley Posters...or whatever.

We have never had anything like this at Apple Day before...and I doubt we will again. So come and have a go, or just find out more about letterpress printing from the experts.

Find out more by following this link to The Print Project.

Apple Day - Sunday 7th October at the orchard

Orchard Break in

Submitted by julia on Thu, 12th Jul 2012, 10:06pm

Some of you may have read in the T&A that have been several break-ins to sheds in allotment plots in the Bowling Park site where our orchard is. Our shed was one of the targets. Fortunately we do not store anything of value in the shed so the material loss has been minimal. However the damage to the shed door is significant and means we will have to spend a considerable amount to get it replaced.

On a more positive note, there is some fruit on the trees, however the ill timed frost in May will mean the harvest will be lower than last year.

Apple Day; Sunday 7th October...put it in your diary!

Community Space Challenge in the National Lottery Awards

Submitted by julia on Tue, 3rd Jul 2012, 5:27pm

The national Community Space Challenge programme is through to the semi finals of the 2012 National Lottery Awards for the best environment project in the UK. Bradford YMCA runs three of 70 projects in the country.

If you reckon we are worthy winners could you please vote for us. Deadline for voting is 26th July.

Here is the direct link:

If CSC win the Award it means that Bradford YMCA will have an award winning project. This will be a valuable asset to our CSC team, as we are currently seeking news ways of working as CSC comes to an end in September this year.

Many thanks, Rob and Rachel