Thursday 20th August 2009 Extra Task Day: Woodroyd Community Centre, West Bowling

We have been asked to return to the centre to reweave the willow domes that we constructed on the site in February 2008. This is a good opportunity to return to the site and find out how the structures have grown and learn about the management. I am planning for this to be a morning task, leave at 9.30 and return at 12.30.

Please ring the office to let me know if you are joining us.

Extra Volunteer Opportunity: Thursday 6th August, Springfield Community Centre, Idlethorpe Way, Thorpe Edge

Today we will work with the Community Space Challenge project at the Springfield Community Centre, where a site has been transformed to create a community garden. We will be carrying out work to complete the path, install play logs and tidying the wildflower area. 

Bradford Mela

Bradford Mela celebrated its 21st anniversary last weekend. BEES held a stall in the environment tent, offering information and activities.

This was an ideal opportunity to talk to people about BEES projects - in particular volunteering opportunities and the wildlife field visit programme.We were also giving people advance notice of this year's Apple Day which will be held on Saturday 10th October at Bowling Park Community Orchard.
We also distributed BEF leaflets to promote the environment sector as a whole.

One hundred people enjoyed the activities we had on offer;

  • on Saturday we made tetrapak wallets (reusing old juice cartons to make attractive purses) - this simple activity continues to wow people.
  • on sunday people made woollen bee mobiles.

Breathing Places schedules

For full details of the activities we will run at our Urban Nature Reserve from June to September please view the schedule.

For a more detailed timetable of activities and volunteer opportunities on 6th and 7th of June (Breathing Places 'Dirty Weekend') please see this page.

If you know of group who might like to visit the Nature Reserve please contact the office.

Breathing Places at BEES UNR

BEES have been awarded a Breathing Places grant to deliver activities and events at our Urban Nature Reserve

Breathing Places is part of the Big Lottery Fund and aims to encourage involvement in wildlife places.

The Breathing Places programme is part of the Big Lottery Fund and has developed in partnership with the BBC. It complements the BBC’s Breathing Places campaign by giving funding for small groups. This round of Breathing Places grants has been timed to coincide with with the BBC’s Springwatch Open Weekend on 6th and 7th June June 2009.






  We will run a full weekend of activites at the Reserve on 6th and 7th June. In addition there will be further open days and practical task days over the next couple of months. In the next few days we will publicise the complete programme. There will be extra volunteer opportuntities which you may be interested in.

Blossom Day Friday 8th May 2009 Bowling Park Community Orchard 11-3pm

We are holding our annual Blossom Day event at Bowling Park Community Orchard. It is a great opportunity to visit the site and see the spectacle of the fruit trees in blossom, particularly if the weather is kind to us. We will be organising our usual volunteer day, visits from school groups and activities between 11-3pm. These will include water colour painting, making insect homes and planting.

Refreshments will be available and we will be lighting a barbecue so people can bring their own food to cook and enjoy the surroundings.

There are opportunities for people to carry out volunteer work, take part in activities, learn about growing fruit trees or simply enjoy the site.

Bowling Park Community Orchard can be accessed from Bowling Park Drive, Bradford, BD4

Link to Orchard directions 

Should you have any queries regarding the event please contact BEES 01274 513109/513102

Charcoal for sale

BEES manufactures a small amount of barbeque charcoal which is available to buy from the BEES office.

The charcoal is made from timber produced as a result of coppicing and thinning tasks at local reserves so by buying the product you are not only supporting nature conservation in the Bradford District, but you will no longer need to buy imported charcoal. Most of the charcoal in the shops is imported from South America and is made from mangrove and other hardwoods. Habitats are destroyed in the process and there are also issues of child labour and the fuel needed to transport the product across the globe.

British made charcoal is of high quality, lights easily and comes to cooking temperature quickly. We cannot guarantee the sun, but surely there is no other reason not to buy Bradford charcoal! Get in touch.

If you are interested in drawing charcoal let us know, we will make some when our production starts later in the spring.

Funding Update

We have received confirmation that our commission from the Community Funding Unit has been extended until September 2009. Over the next six months the CFU will continue discussion with the Strategic Director of Environment and Neighbourhoods to see if any extra resources can be aligned to the voluntary environment sector, they then hope to recomission for alonger period.

This money supports our Conservation Tasks, Wildlife Field Visits, some work with schools and community groups, events such as Blossom Day and Apple Day.

Community Space Challenge Update

CSC has seen some staff changes as Bianca left for maternity leave several weeks ago (she is now the mother of a little boy). Her maternity leave is being covered by two people. Rachel Deadman is acting as the Project Coordinator and she is being supported by Jenny Sherriff. Jenny is the Project Worker and is taking a lead on the delivery of sessions with the PALZ teams. They have made a great start to pick up where Bianca left off and are driving ahead some exciting projects. Probably the biggest is at Springfileld Centre in Thorp Edge where an ambitious community garden is being created with the centre management committee. In the Trident area the initiative to improve the area around the YMCA building is starting with a repaint and mural on the wall. In Allerton the young people are working to improve a snicket area.

Job Vacancy at BEES: Environmental Project Worker

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Bradford YMCA is seeking to appoint a Community Space Challenge; Environmental Project Worker.

This is a temporary post to cover Maternity Leave (with possibility of extension afterwards), starting as soon as possible.
The post is for 30 hours per week and will include after school delivery of environmental youth work sessions, working with 8-13 year olds. To get a better feel of what the job will involve visit the CSC webpage
Salary £17,500 pro rata

Closing date Monday 26th January, 12 noon.
Interviews will take place on Monday 2nd Feb, late afternoon
Please ring 01274 513102 for an application pack.
This post is subject to an enhanced CRB disclosure.
If would like an informal chat please ring Julia Pearson or Bianca Muckley, 01274 513109

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