Task Reports

Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering and we will discuss details.

Conservation Work - Past

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Allotment Site Bowling Park Drive BD4 7ES

We continued our orchard management, weeding to prepare areas to make beetle banks as part of our organic methods of pest control. Beetle populations have declined because of loss of habitat including decaying wood, so hopefully we will encourage more into the site. 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Drive. Bradford. BD4 7ES

Volunteers completed the path area around the apple store, laying and compacting a layer of sandstone on top of the hardcore laid the day before. 

The area looks very impressive, the sandstone colour complementing the trees in blossom. 

 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Drive. Bradford. BD4 7ES

Constructing paths around the apple store.

Volunteers continued the task of preparing the hew hardcore area outside the apple store. They transported four tonnes of hardcore from the site entrance to the orchard, before and laying and compacting the hardcore in the area dug out the previous week. 

 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Drive. Bradford. BD4 7ES

Volunteers worked really hard today to dig out the foundations for a new hardcore area around the apple store. This will make the ground more robust in bad weather and safer in periods of heavy use such as Apple Day, or with school groups. Other tasks included weeding and tidying/ renovating an old raised bed.

Culture Fusion Roof Garden

Culture Fusion Building. 125 Thornton Road. Bradford. BD1 2EP

We sowed a variety of wildflower seed harvested mainly from Bowling Park Community Orchard and the UNR. Volunteers also sowed sweetcorn, tomatoes, beans and leafy crops such as spinach and chard, as well as weeding and tidying the site. 

 

Urban Nature Reserve

Laisteridge Lane Student Village. Laiteridge lane. BD5 0NH

We  sowed some wildflower seeds   in the meadow and planted wood anemone and dog violet plugs in the woodland and cleared  and weeded the site. 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Bowling Park Community Orchard. Bowling Park Drive. Bradford. BD4 7ES

Winter tasks for the orchard include pruning fruit trees and soft fruits, coppicing, transplanting plants and hedge laying.

If you would like to join us please  meet us at the orchard, or be at Culture Fusion ready to set off by 10am, we will be travelling by minibus if it is back from the garage, or walking if not. 

If you would like more information please get in touch. 

Urban Nature Reserve.

Bradford University Campus. Laisteridge Lane.

We added some crush and run  to our prepared revetment area by the pond platform and defined paths in the woods, to reduce straying from them and erosion of the woodland.