Forest Skills With Silver Pathways from Dixons Allerton Academy

Submitted by Rob Ashford on Fri, 13th Feb 2015, 4:08pm

BEES have completed a six week Forest Skills programme with Silver Pathways from Dixons Allerton Academy at Stony Ridge Plantation. The project aims to bring young people closer to outdoor spaces in their local area by using practical skills in a woodland setting. In the six weeks the young people have learnt how to light a fire, wood carving skills, tracking animal skills, making bird boxes and den making.

Here are some of the comments from the young people at the end of the project:-

'I have learnt the three elements of fire and that there is a tree called the Silver Birch Tree which you can drink its sap and use the skin to make a fire with it. I also learnt how to build a birdhouse' 'I wish I could stay longer here in the woodland or come again sometime'. Qasim

What have you enjoyed the most? 'Tracking the deer in the snow, I got to see one too.' Ateeq.

Stony Ridge Plantation is owned by Hallmark Cards and is used as a base for outdoor education for the benefit of people around the Bradford District.

The entire programme was funded by The Evan Cornish Foundation:-

Click here to view pictures in our gallery of the 6 week programme with Dixons Allerton Academy.

Starting work on Bolton St James Community Garden

Submitted by julia on Mon, 9th Feb 2015, 10:00am

On Friday 6th Feb BEES had an exploratory work day at Bolton St James. The church, on Bolton Road, has received funding from Bradford East Area Committee’s Area Action Plan Communities funding for the Bolton and Undercliffe Ward.

BEES are supporting an active group within the church to design an area that local residents and organisations can use for food growing. We are helping make a start on some of the heavier work to reprofile the ground and install growing beds. 

A report from Friday, and some pictures will appear later in the week.

Change for Fri 28th November

Submitted by julia on Sun, 23rd Nov 2014, 10:18pm

There is a change to the scheduled task on Friday 28th November.

We are retunring to Parkside Centre, BD5 instead of going to Rodley Nature Reserve. We need to complete the hedge laying task at the centre. We will reschedule a visit to Rodley in the New Year.

Sorry for any disappointment.


Nick is leaving us!

Submitted by julia on Sun, 22nd Jun 2014, 11:20am

Nick's last day with BEES, after nearly 10 years of dedication, successful projects and supporting 100's of people in achieving their personal and environmental goals, is Friday 27th June.

After the Task at Boar's Well we will be going out to celebrate his time with BEES and wish him well in his new job. To start the evening off we will meet in the Lord Clyde at 5pm, followed by food and then perhaps the Sparrow Bar. We will have BEES mobile with 07970 621732.

We hope you can join us.

Canal Road Greenway

Submitted by Nick on Tue, 22nd Apr 2014, 4:05pm

We have got some more dates to continue with our project to landscape the Canal Road Greenway. Over the next few weeks we will be raking over the ground alongside the tarmac path to create suitable conditions to sow seeds. This will ensure that the tarmac strip blends in nicey and will complement our work planting trees.

The dates are as follows:

Wednesdays 30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May - leave Culture Fusion 9.30am

Thursdays 24th April, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May - leave Culture Fusion 9.30am

Friday 16th May - leave Culture Fusion 10am

Blossom Day 2014

Submitted by julia on Thu, 10th Apr 2014, 12:36pm

We are celebrating Blossom Day on Friday 2nd May,11am-3pm, at the Orchard.

Did you come to Apple Day, Apple Cafe, cooking sessions, pruning training, grafting training, orchard management days, tree planting days?

In the past year all these activities have been supported by lottery funding as part of Bradford Apple Group's Apples for All project.

Blossom day is the last element of Apples for All project.

Please come and help us celebrate.

Please share the attached flyer with friends, family, colleagues, or anyone else who might be interested.

Ration Garden

Submitted by julia on Fri, 21st Mar 2014, 3:35pm

BEES are contributing to Bradford YMCA's WW1 project by creating a Ration Garden at Culture Fusion. 

We are gathering seed varieties grown in 1914, creating raised beds, and recruiting volunteers to get involved. 
As well as the gardening, we would love some volunteers to do a bit of research about gardening and crops grown during the war.

There is a chance to have some training in research techniques with the librarians at Central library.

Read more about the project and keep informed here.