Task Reports

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Friday 12th March 2010: St Ives Estate, Harden, Bingley, BD16.

Snedding the coppiced treeSnedding the coppiced treeToday we continued working on the coppice area that we previously started. We concentrated on the Hazel trees. Once cut to create a good stool for future regrowth we protected it from the Deer that will graze on the new shoots. We sorted the wood so that we can use it to make a fence around the kilns and for making charcoal. 

Today we worked with 13 volunteers.

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Friday 5th March 2010: Peel Park Primary School, Habitat Heroes School Project

exposing the steps and finding the Japanese Knnotweedexposing the steps and finding the Japanese Knotweed

Peel Park Primary is one of the Habitat Heroes schools and they have been donated a large area on the bank between the school and the road. At present the site is inaccessible to the pupils so our task was to create a path leading around the hillside. We started where there were some overgrown steps and made excellent progress uncovering them - they make a great path up the hill but are very big so need to be tested by the younger children to see if they are useable.  But it was not all good news - there is a large patch of Japanese Knotweed that really needs chemical treatment before that area of hillside can be developed.

We also planted some trees in the pond area and made a start to construct vegetable beds. 

There were 13 volunteers today, and we were all treated to a school diner.

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Friday 26th February 2010: St Ives Estate, Harden, Bingley, BD16.

Job well done, Hazel coppiced and protectedJob well done, Hazel coppiced and protectedToday we started to coppice an area of woodland planted up to provide a useful and regular supply of Hazel wood which has many potential uses. Coppicing is a woodland management technique that has been employed for so many years that wildlife has adapted to it, as the light produced allows ground flora to flourish and supports mammals, insects and birds. Working together in small groups we cut through the Hazel trees near the base, this will produce a coppice stool that will regenerate and in about 10 years time when it will again provide a useful crop of hazel. This crop will be used for hedging stakes, making a fence around the charcoal kilns and making charcoal. After we had removed the trees, they were stripped of brash and the stool protected from Deer that will eat the shoots by making a frame. 

Today we worked with 11 volunteers

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Friday 19th February 2010: BEES Urban Nature Reserve, University Campus, Laisteridge Lane, Bradford, BD5.

Today we were able to carry out a number of maintenance tasks that will make the site easier to use for visitors during the year to come. We thinned out Ash tress, by repotting seedlings which we can use on other sites, and coppicing larger ones that we will allow greater variety in time. Litter and flytipping was removed which included a suitcase and a dressing table mirror. A fallen tree was removed. Several habitats were created which we found time consuming as we wanted to create good examples. Some of the vigorous growing plants were checked to allow better access during the summer months. We also welcomed two other visitors who are keen to showcase our work, a photographer and local radio reporter.

Today we worked with 19 volunteers, including 3 other European nationalities and 2 new volunteers.

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Friday 12th February 2010: Yorkshire Water, Long Causeway, Denholme, BD13.

The tree planting teamThe tree planting teamToday we worked on a site that is being planted with trees by the Forest of Bradford. Our task was to help in the planting of a 800m long hedge in a steeply sided valley. We were to plant a double row of native trees in to a hedge which was spaced at five trees per metre. This will create a stock proof barrier in years to come. One line was planted with Hawthorn, while the other  was planted with Holly, Blackthorn and Field Maple. At the end of the day we had managed to plant about 750 trees which is a great contribution to the project and the longer term of an improved environment. Both the site and the weather conditions were a challenge but spirits were lifted by celebrating a birthday and sharing another cake baked by Raquel.

Today we worked with 19 volunteers

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Friday 5th February 2010: Brackenhill Urban Landscape Area, Westcroft Road, Great Horton, Bradford, BD7.

Cutting the pleacherCutting the pleacherToday we returned to the same site as last week to further progress the work that was started. One group set off to the main site to the ensure the footpaths were clear, repair a wall and return shopping trollies. The other group carried on with the hedge. They quickly got into the work from the skills gained last week. First there was clearing and trimming to be done, then pleachers were cut and lastly trees placed into the line of the hedge supported by stakes. At the end of the day I am delighted to report that we completed the whole section, a great achievement for the group. The hedge will grow and provide a different habitat and we will return in a few years to relay it. 

Today we worked with 15 volunteers.

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Friday 29th January 2010: Brackenhill Urban Landscape Area, Westcroft Road, Great Horton, Bradford, BD7.

making a pleachermaking a pleacherToday we were clearing litter and hedge laying. We split into two groups and one group went off to inspect the site and find the litter hot spots. The hedge layers first cleared out the hedge line removing, litter, brambles and lower branches. Pleachers were then made which allowed the the tree to be bent over. By using a stake the trees are made to form an effective and living barrier. The cut trees will regrow from the cut stump and provide a habitat which has been severely reduced over recent decades. The other group found more than they expected cleareding fly tipping and litter from many areas of the park.

Today we worked with 21 volunteers.

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Friday 22nd January: Boar's Well Urban Wildlife Reserve, Kings Road, Bradford, BD2.

Thinning treesThinning treesWe made our first visit of the year to the the urban wildlife reserve. This gave us the opportunity to carry out litter picking, clearing the main entrance way, the steps at the Bolton Road entrance and then some thinning of the tress in the woodland. This will provide better access for people using the site and allow the trees in the woodland to grow and develop into stronger and healthier trees. As can be seen from the pictures the rain was persistant throughout most of the day.

Today we worked with 13 volunteers.

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Friday 15th January 2010: BEES Office, YMCA, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5.

Hedgehog habitatHedgehog habitat  Today we continued with our indoor projects some of which were started last week to set us up for the year ahead. The cellar tool store was tidied, cleaned making better us of the space and protective covers made for the scythes. The tool rack began to take shape and by the end of the day the first tools were hung from it. Then in the workshop, the rest of us constructed habitats, these included bird boxes, a sparrow home and a hedge hog home. At the end of the we had an impressive array of habitats that will be installed around the sites that we work over the forth coming months.

19 volunteers attended today.

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Friday 8th January 2010: BEES Office, YMCA, Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5.

Tidied protective clothing shelvesTidied protective clothing shelves 

Today was the first task of the year and as is customary we had a day working in the tool store. We started by completing the tool inventory, identifying, counting and making an assessment of the state of tool's repair. Then we made sure that the edged tools were sharp and oiled handles. Next we tidied the protective clothing, cleaned the boots and started the construction of a new tool rack for the hammers and chisels and other small hand tools.   

We worked with 9 volunteers which was impressive considering the travel difficulties.

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