Task Reports

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Conservation Work - Past

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Allotments

The weather was fairly challenging today, for what is an important day of end of summer management. 

However, as ever, we achieved a great deal with our dedicated volunteers and the invaluable contribution from workers from IGS Construction, who had a day out of the office to help us. 

We cut the meadow area in the event space using the scythes and mowed area around the stone bench. Almost all the hedges have been cut, with the arisings piled ready to be taken to the Household Waste site for composting. The ongoing task of harvesting was a key element of the day. 

There is still more end of season vegetation cutting to be completed, plus more work around the shed. We will tackle these tasks on Friday 11th October. 

Residential Dry Stone Walling

Buckden, Upper Wharfedale

Tuesday 17th September to Friday 20th September. 

This was the first time we had held a mid-week residential, dictated by the availability of the accommodation. It's shame it didn't suit everyone who was interested as we had a glorious few days in Buckden. 

Each wall has it's particular challenges, but this one seemed fairly daunting when we decided the best course of action was to re-lay the line slightly in order to cope with the adjacent tree. We had to unearth the foundation stones and relocate them. It's a while since we have needed to do this when we have been gapping up. At lunch time on Wednesday when we still hadn't started building upwards it was slightly worrying, but in the end the hard graft but definitely worth the effort and it turned out to be just the right amount of work for us for a leisurely finish on Friday lunchtime. 

BEES urban Nature Reserve

Bradford University, Laisteridge Lane campus

Making a start today on a project of renewal at the Nature Reserve.

We kicked off our Postcode Local Fund year by clearing felled timber from around the ponds, manually re-cutting the grass paths and removing litter accumulated around one seating area.  This was a good opportunity to take a look at the site and consider what the priorities for management will be over the next 12 months.

Bracken cutting, Baildon Moor

Baildon Moor

Our final visit for this year.

This year’s third and final visit to control bracken.  Volunteers, scythed, slashed and sickled their way through areas that had regenerated since last year.  The heather and bilberry are establishing well where the bracken has been consistently cut back.

Bowling Park Community Orchard

In Bowling Park Allotments, Bowling Park Drive

Getting the inside of the shed ready for action, as the harvest gets into full swing.

A visit to the orchard to carry out a wide variety of seasonal tasks including mowing paths, scything under hedgerows, weeding around trees and spreading excess straw from the new straw bale apple shed under trees about to shed their apples.  The cordon trees were pruned.  Work on the apple shed continued, with shelving being constructed ready for this year’s harvest.

Bracken cutting, Baildon Moor

Baildon Moor, car park on top of the moor

More bracken cutting - please wear long trousers and sleeves.

On this second of three annual visits to the moor we cleared a substantial quantity of bracken.  The moor is looking more diverse each year in the areas in which we've been working.

clearance with Aire Rivers Trust Shipley

Under the railway bridge and footbridge at the end of Dockfield Road at metalbox entrance

We will be helping with more clearance of rubbish from the river banks.

On a wet August day a small group of volunteers trawled the banks of the Bradford Beck for rubbish.  Working with the Aire Rivers Trust, BEES cleared the section under the Shipley station arches, filling dozens of rubbish sacks with all kinds of debris.  One group worked above the river banks whilst others spent the day pulling detritus from the foreshore.

Our partners in the Aire Rivers Trust were delighted with the progress made.  We hope to have the opportunity to work with them in the future.