Task Reports

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Friday 7th August: Bowling Park Community Orchard, Bowling Park Drive

Friday 7th August 2009 Bowling Park Community Orchard: Weeding the vegetable beds Weeding the vegetable beds

 Today we carried out the necessary task of maintenance at the site. We mowed grass using scythes and a mower, weeded path areas and vegetable beds and cut hedges. All this work is needed to keep the site looking a good example of a community orchard project whilst at the same time leaving plenty of space for wildlife to thrive. And today the Knapwed and Soapwort were looking very good and we found a lovely Shaggy Ink Cap. Again people who were new to the site were surprised at how away from the city it felt. There was an excellant turn out of 15 volunteers.

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Thursday 6th August 10am-3pm: 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. 

Friday 31st July: Oakworth Park, Oakworth

Holden Park Friday 31st July 2009, carrying the logcarrying one of the logs

 Today we worked at Holden Park, Oakworth to support the Friends of Group who are aiming to restore the park to its former glory. A great project to be involved with as the park is packed full of fascinating history which the Chair of the group was happy to inform us about. Our task was to restore 30m of footpath by building a revetment to support a banking. This involved digging away the overgrown and collapsed banking, then driving in stakes behind which were placed lengths of logs. Not as easy as it sounds as the logs were very heavy and required all of us working together to move them out of the woodland and carry them to the footpath. We were only able to complete this challenging task by working together and sharing the load. A great effort by all and I bet I was not the only one with stiff muscles on Saturday morning. Once in place we could remove more of the earth covering the path to try and find the original surface. At the end of the day we had completed the heavy work and the Friends of Group are in a position to put the finnishing touches to the path.

10 volunteers worked on todays task.

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Friday 24th July: Baildon Moor

View down the work siteView down the work siteThis was our second work day to clear bracken on Baildon Moor this year. We concentrated our efforts on the area the we originally worked on 9 years ago - to the left hand side as you look down the hill over the work site. The photo shows the clear difference the control regime has made. There are still fronds growing where we have worked but a marked difference to the areas not managed. 

The ling was just coming into flower and there were plenty of bees drinking from the flowers. The cross-leaved heath is going over now. We heard a grouse very near by and we couldn't remember hearing one in this area before.

See more photos here, including the ling. Can you spot the bees?

Friday 17th July, Boars Well Urban Wildlife Reserve, Kings Road, BD2

Day of the TriffidsDay of the Triffids

Another wet Friday but 10 volunteers successfully completed tasks to maintain open pathways and to remove invasive species. 

BEES have been cutting Japanese Knotweed in several areas of the Reserve for 9 years. Although we can record success it does still continue to grow. The task of controlling it is now made more difficult by the colonisation of other species - nettle is dominant and makes the task uncomfortable. 

We also work to control the Himalayan Balsam. This plant is easier to get under control than the Japanese Knotweed but eradication will be difficult as many of the plants are on inaccessible slopes. The site was once used as a rubbish tip and the ground is uneven and unpleasant.

 Not much sign of the wildlife that we usually enjoy at the Reserve today, all sensibly hiding from the elements.




Friday 10th July, BEES UNR (Urban Nature Reserve), Laisteridge Lane, Little Horton, BD7

UNR Fri 10th July 09 2: Meadow CranesbillFri 10th July 09 Meadow Cranesbill

Today the focus was on a Breathing Place Open Day. We took the opportunity to survey the plants on the site and carry out pond dipping with visitors, a group from the YMCA and volunteers. Unfortunately we did not see any dragonflies or damselflies but we recorded 26 species of flowering plants, 13 species of pond plants and 21 species of trees on the site. An impressive number for a site so close to the city centre. We also carried out some management of the reserve. This included path maintenance, removal of giant hogweed and clearing around the Medlar tree. 

Thanks today to the 11 volunteers. 


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Friday 3rd July: St Ives Estate, Bingley

Opening the charcoal kilns: Opening the charcoal kilnsOpening the charcoal kilns

Today we will returned to the charcoal making site. The rain started as we left the van and did not stop until we finished. This did not manage to put us off our task today. During the week the previously prepared kilns were fired, so we set about emptying them and bagging up the produce. This was tricky to keep dry in the rain. We also managed to prepare more wood for future burns.

Today we worked with 8 volunteers.

There are more pictures in the gallery

Friday 26th June: Baildon Moor, Baildon

Fri 26th June 09 1: Area of previously cut Bracken which grasses have now been able to colonise. Picture shows removing the young Bracken.Fri 26th June 09 : Area of previously cut Bracken which grasses have now been able to colonise. Picture shows removing the young Bracken. 

Our first trip of the season to the Baildon Moor site. We were pleasantly surprised that the area we have been cutting has shown a good recovery with a range of plants now recolonising. We worked in three areas, the oldest area required the young bracken to be removed, a previously cut area required thorough raking to remove the thick layers of decomposing matter, and an area which we have only cut once previously was recut.

The work was very physical and we where able to practise our traditional skills of sycthing and raking. The conditions were hot with a high pollen count that was a problem to hay fever sufferers. Today there were 10 volunteers.

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Friday 19th June: Boar’s Well Urban Wildlife Reserve, Kings Road, BD2

Cutting Japanese KnotweedCutting Japanese KnotweedToday we commence our annual programme to control both Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed on the site in order to encourage greater biodiversity. We found that Japanese Knotweed was particularly vigorous in a number of areas, as can been seen from the picture it was taller than we were. The difficulty of the work from stinging nettles and the terrain have been rewarded as the areas of Birch planted six years ago and the Rowan more recently are now growing well enough to compete with the Japanese Knotweed, but we will still knock it back. We mowed the edge of the path for the site which has a good effect on the meadow and opens up the width for the public. A group also cleared the path up to Bolton Road.  And I am pleased to report the amount of dog fouling has reduced in response to our efforts to talk to dog walkers and place signs at the entrances.

Today there was 13 volunteers.

See photos of the meadow and Birch trees taken on the day 

Friday 12th June: Lower Fields Primary, Fenby Avenue, Wakefield Road, BD4

Lower Fields Primary, volunteer groupLower Fields Primary, volunteer groupBEES volunteer group joined forces with staff from 'in communities' to assist the school in completing the amphitheatre that will be used as an outdoor classroom.


Hardcore was barrowed to backfill behind the recently made benches and a layer of crush and run was added to give the finished surface.

A flight of steps were created to allow safe access to the seating and finishing touches were made to the 'stage' and the pathway.


In total 16 volunteers worked to complete this task. see more pictures from the day here