Task Reports

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St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Clayton.

Friday 29th September, 2017

This is our second visit to the school this year, working in the wildlife area. Today we gave the meadow a thorough cut, including cutting back brambles that have grown out across the grassland. All the arisings were raked and removed. The meadow is dominated by grasses as it has not been cut often. We plan to return I n spring to give a further cut, and hope to introduce some more flowers. 

The pond had not ben been cleared for many years so there was very little open water. A mat of roots had formed and these were cut with a knife (very carefully!) to enable them to be cleared. Hard work. 

Lots of frogs today, including some very big ones.


Bowling Park Community Orchard

Friday 22nd September, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

A great few days during which we have managed to make a big impact on the state of the orchard. The path through the main part of the orchard has been cleared of bark (this has been reused near the shelter) and vegetation and replaced with hard core. Thanks to Forest of Bradford Volunteers who were a great help getting the majority of the stone barrowed up from the gate. We may top it off with some fine stone but that will have to wait until after Apple Day as we still have a few other jobs on the go which we need to complete. 

We have almost finished the construction of a couple of work tops/tables under the shelter. These will be useful for events, school groups and just in general. Let’s hope they don’t attract the attention of the fire starters. 

Progress has been made with reducing the height of hedges to the permitted 5 foot, this should be completed on our next visit. Already we can see how much more light is getting to Katy. We have prepared a bed to plant with nectar rich flowers, and made a start on cutting the grass. There have been quite a lot of apples falling from the trees, many before we would expect that variety to be ripe. We have cleared a lot, hoping some will last until juicing at Apple Day. 

I really feel we have a significantly smaller harvest his year, so make sure you get along to harvest sessions, work sessions, Shipley Alternative market or Apple Day if you want to buy some apples. 

Keep a breast of dates on the Operation Orchard page. 

We will add more photos to the gallery as we progress 


Bowling Park Community Orchard

Thursday 21st September, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

Please arrive at CF by 9.30am

We are continuing to tackle the infrastructure improvements at the orchard, with the aim of installing the new benches, paths and shelter tables and ‘floor’ before Apple Day.

If you plan to come today it would be useful if you could let us know. Thanks


Bowling Park Community Orchard

Wednesday 20th September, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

Please arrive at CF by 9.30am  

We are continuing to tackle the infrastructure improvements at the orchard, with the aim of installing the new benches, paths and shelter tables and ‘floor’ before Apple Day. There will also be hedge cutting, grass cutting and harvesting.


Northcliffe Woods

Friday 15th September, 2017
entrance on Northclilffe Avenue

A wet and muddy day. We had scheduled this pond day for today hoping for a repeat of last year’s September visit when it was dry enough to dig without getting wet. But it’s been raining recently! Even with waders it was hard to stay dry but volunteers went beyond the call of duty in our attempts to dig out silt and leaf litter in order to maintain some areas of open water. 

We emptied the silt traps again, both had filled about half way since we emptied them in July. 

The midges were an unpleasant accompaniment to our work but we did see an attractive Pink-barred Sallow moth. 


Bowling Park Community Orchard

Friday 8th September, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Park Drive

We made a start in levelling the ground under the shelter today. The job itself wasn’t too hard, but we were using up left over stoney soil from the carpark so getting the bags there was pretty gruelling.  We also made a start adding some more support to the shelter to extend it’s life. 

There were also apples to pick, onions to dig and general planning and measuring to do. 

Baildon Moor, bracken control

Friday 1st September, 2017

Our final visit for this year. We are getting tantalisingly close to some edges of the blocks have bracken that we have been cutting for all these years. 

Again we were using hand tools and made a good impact with the scythes on the higher slopes and the sickles and slashers in areas where the bracken is less dense. 
There were partridges around, plus grouse clucking, a Broom moth caterpillar (which eats bracken – we will leave plenty for it and it’s friends) and the cowberry was in flower as well as fruiting. 

No Task TBC

Friday 25th August, 2017

proably no Task today - summer holidays

No Task

Friday 18th August, 2017

No task today - summer holidays

Baildon Moor, bracken control

Friday 11th August, 2017

Another hand-powered effort at controlling areas of bracken growth. We worked along the lower slopes, using the scythes and slashers in the denser stands and sickles were the bracken is sparser amongst the other moorland vegetation. The piles of fronds mark our progress across the hillside and it was good to see where we worked last month that there was only a little regrowth. 

It’s hard work, so it was good to be distracted at times by frogs, a toad, red admiral butterflies and swifts. No sign of the grouse; they have taken cover.