Task Reports

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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.