WFV social Tuesday 19th January

A decision will be taken on Monday morning as to whether the Social will go ahead as planned on the 19th. If the weather conditions are still hostile we will postpone the event until Tues 26th. We felt the decision could not be made today as we could not get an accurate forecast for next week. Thank you for your understanding.

Thursday 3rd December 2009: Extra Task, Habitat Heroes, School Project

We will be working at a school and the main task will be to create a willow sculpture. Pupils will not be involved today.

If you wish to volunteer please contact the office on 01274 513102, to find out project details.

Thursday 29th October 2009 Extra Task Day: St Mary's Church, Wyke

Returning to the churchyard project where the graveyard is being used to create habitats that are beneficial to wildlife. Today we will help them cut and rake the grass to create a meadow area. Leaving the YMCA at 9.30.  

Apple Day 2009

Less than three weeks to this year's Apple Day celebrations.

If you wish to volunteer on the day please contact the office as soon as possible.

Bradford Apple Day 2009
Saturday 10th October

Bowling Park Community Orchard, Bowling Park Drive, BD4 (in the allotments)

There are over 2000 named varieties of apple growing in Britain. Apple Day is a celebration of our fruit heritage and an enjoyable event that will give you inspiration and ideas about growing, eating and being involved in community projects. Come and enjoy…

Games and activities,
Tree planting and how to care for your trees
Apple identification – bring along your apples to find out which variety they are - please bring 3 apples and a twig and leaf if possible.
Apples for sale – varieties you won’t find in the shops
Advice on selecting varieties which will grow well in Bradford.
Fresh fruit juice
Appley Cafe

For further info and directions please visit the orchard web page where you can find a map. Or ring BEES 01274 513109 or 513102

Apple day is organised by Bradford Apple Group and supported by Bradford YMCA, BCEP, BEES, Love Apple Café, Community Space Challenge, 1in 12 Club.

Thursday 13th August Extra Task Day: Reevy Mill Dam

A group of volunteers from HBOS Building Society have agreed to repair and resurface the footpath at Reevy Mill Dam. Any one who wishes to join us on the day will be welcome, please contact the office to discuss arrangements.

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.

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