Task Reports

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Fri 7th Nov 08: Boar's Well Urban Wildlife Reserve

Boar's Well 07 Nov 08 2Coppicing cornus at Boar's Well  Today we worked with 5 volunteers and have been clearing an area of footpath that has become overgrown, on one side by a large willow tree that has fallen over, and on the other side by a dogwood shrub. The willow was cut back so that when it grows back it will grow straight. The dogwood was coppiced so that when it grows back the new growth will give impressive colours to visitors of the site. As the task was large we have not completed the work and we continue this task next week along with clearing encroaching vegetation on other parts of the site.

To see more images of the day visit the gallery page and in particular look out for Tschillis with a South African home made rake!

Fri Oct 31st 08 St Mary's Churchyard, Wyke

This is a new site for us and we will be working with the Youth Service to improve the wildlife potential of the Church's grave yard. Nick has been working with the Church and the Youth Service to develop a managment plan and they will be putting it into practice in the future.

St May's Church, Wyke St Mary's Church, Wyke

Today we had 4 volunteers. There were several tasks for us at the site, we raked the grass off the graves which had been cut with strimmers, then we set about thoroughly weeding and discovering the layout of the graves and helped to plant spring flowering bulbs which will brighten up the entrances to the church. We worked alongside people from the local community and the Youth Service who tended graves and made bat boxes which will be installed in the near future. The vicar Bob Evans made us feel very welcome and valued. I am sure that with the start that the project has received it will become a successful and valuable site for wildlife and visitors to the graveyard.

See other photos of the day at the gallery

Fri 24th Oct: Brackenhill Urban Landscape Area

Brackenhill Urban Landscape Area 24 Oct 08 1Brackenhill Urban Landscape Area 24th Oct 08We spent the morning clearing litter and fly tipping from two parts of the site. It was really satisfying to clear the stream of tyres and gas bottles and see it running again. One tyre was so big it took five of us to lift it on the Clean Team's wagon. In the afternoon we concentrated on improving the previous work on the steps from the Havelock Street entrance and removing the Himalayan balsam from the edge of the meadow area. We had six volunteers on the day.

See other photos of the day in the gallery



Fri 17th Oct: Redcliffe Community Orchard

We have supported the local food growing project for the last six years and we will be returning to the site for the annual cutting of the grass, littering picking and pruning of the trees.

We have changed the date of this task so we can link with a Family Learning Week event held at Woodville Centre. We will be running several sessions to introduce people to the site, conservation volunteering, growing local food and wildlife gardening.

Redcliffe Community Orchard Oct 17th 08Redcliffe Community Orchard Oct 17th 08 When we arrived on site we found to our surprise that the grass had been cut. But unfortunately the cutting by brush cutting machines had caused damage to most of the trees. We have carefully cut the grass by hand these past six years. We are now in discussions with the land owners who arranged the work and the local Community Centre who want to use the site for a growing project. Which is the good news. A Horticulturalist is to advise on the damage and remedial treatment. So its fingers crossed that the follow up work will be successful and avoid the canker that has previously infected the trees.

Whilst we were there we linked up with the Family Learners Week that was being held at Woodville Centre. We hosted a group of young people who we showed around the site, tasted apples and talked to them about growing fruit trees. We also tidied up the site and removed litter.

7 volunteers were involved today and our thanks to them.

Sat 11th Oct: APPLE DAY 2008 Bowling Park Community Orchard

This is our annual celebration of our apple and fruit heritage and offers the opportunity for young and old to enjoy the vast array of apple and fruit games, food, growing, juicing etc. A first count of numbers indicated we had about 628 visitors to the orchard, the highest number since our first Apple Day in 2000. The event was a great success and a lot of this is down to the volunteer involvement on the day - starting with erecting the marquees (not an easy task as the trees get in the way (!) and the large marquees have to be 'walked' into postion over the trees, impossible without a large group of people), then helping by staffing the welcome gate, apple juicing, working in the cafe, supervising art activities and games, and the clearing away. We had a group of 13 volunteers from the Global Exchange programme as well as regular BEES volunteers. We would like to thank everyone for their hard work, especially the volunteers who were 'on duty' from 8am until 6pm.

Friday 10th Oct: Bowling Park Community Orchard

Preparing the orchard for Apple DayPreparing the orchard for Apple Day

13 volunteers worked hard to make sure the orchard was looking at its best for Apple Day on Saturday. We weeded the paths and seating areas that have become over grown and added a top dressing of chipped bark. The hedges around our plots and along the path were cut, this task is important as the excess height is shading the orchard. A temporary willow hurdle was comleted to protect the pond, this had been started by CSC young people earlier in the week. Veg beds and wildflower areas were weeded and more clearance around the trees was done with sickles and sycthes. Athough there is always more to do, we felt comfortable with how the orchard will appear to visitors new and old.

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Friday 3rd Oct: Reevy Mill Dam, Reevy Avenue, Buttershaw

thanks to Tim Speed for photo Photo: T.Speed 3 Oct 08 Reevy Mill Dam 1 2 3 4 5

This is the annual cut of the grassland, plus clean out of the pond using the BEES boat in the pond to reach the parts of the pond that we cannot reach from the banks and general path maintenance.

Reevy Mill Dam is a former mill pond located in Buttershaw where Reevy Road and Reevy Avenue meet. It is now owned by the Council and managed for the benefit of people and wildlife by BEES.

6 volunteers and 2 members of staff were involved in todays task and we carried out the annual cut of the meadow area. The grass and wildflowers are allowed to grow throughout the year to provide a habitat for animals like frogs and provide food for insects like butterflies. The grass is then cut and raked in a similar method to hay meadow management the same plants will grow again because they have sown seed and the soil fertility kept as they require:

Plus litter picking over the whole site and excitingly we sailed the BEES rowing boat (named HMS Litter Picker) and collected refuse that had been stuck in the reeds for a long time.

The site looked much improved at the end of the task and this was commented on by one of the neighbours. We are grateful to the Council's Clean Team who took away all the refuse we collected namely 15 bin bags of litter, various road signs, a chair, fire extinguishers and road barriers.

Thanks to everyone that took part.

Friday 26th Sept 09: BEES Urban Nature Reserve

Further maintenance of the site to complete the work started on 7th Sept. We will work until mid afternoon and then return to the office for the launch of the new website we have been designing.

Fri. 22nd Aug 08: Bracken Clearance

Our final cut of the year.

We had 11 people consolidating the work of clearing new areas of bracken.