Big pond clearance

We had lovely weather again for our May Work Party near the Bridleways estate with 6 attending. The tasks involved trimming the hedge to make access easier to the dog bin, clearing litter which had been thrown over the fence from Fellmead Road and weeding the edges of the path. We were glad of a bit of shade as the sun got hotter and a friendly robin kept us company as usual.

This Saturday we will be working by the pond on 9th June. Options include Clearing logs from the pond, Litter picking, Weeding around the Notice Board, Pocket Park Sign & Seats & Brushing the steps to Hilberry Rise.

 

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Spring Clean report & next activity

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey. In our latest posting information for our next work party and a report from our spring clean.

For our next Work Party this Saturday 5th May 2-4pm, we’ll be working at the top of the park near Bridleways, trimming the hedge to give better access to the dog bin, litter picking and weeding the path. Join us!

We had a very warm day for our Spring Clean Up in the Park and surrounding area on Saturday 7th  April. In spite of several regulars being away, we had an impressive turn out with 22 people attending including 4 children and 2 dogs! After clearing up around Cransley Walk, we moved out into the surrounding area in Olden Road and Ermine Road. Others collected larger items from the stream at the bottom of Crowthorp Road and litter picked along Fellmead Road. We also continued clearing the path of grass and weeds by the marsh. About 21 bags of waste were collected and we heard the first Chiff Chaff of the year by the marsh.

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Rectory Farm Pocket Park survey

Last year through grant funding we improved access and carried out remedial path repairs in parts of Rectory Farm Pocket Park. We would love to have your feedback.

Please complete this short survey by  clicking on this link Rectory Farm Ramble Revisited – The survey will close at 7pm next Saturday 28th April.

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Spring clean in Rectory Farm Pocket Park

Join us on Saturday 7th April between 2-4pm in the Pocket Park for our delayed Great British Spring Clean. Meet at the top of Cransley Walk opposite Olden Road between Allard Close and Ermine Road.

Children under 8 to be accompanied by Parent/Guardian. Equipment provided. Please dress appropriately.

We apologise for our lack of updates on our blog. Our activities page has been updated with this years activities. In February we had our AGM. Take a look at our Rectory Farm Pocket Park Annual Report February 18

Back on Saturday 7th October 2017 a group of 8 attended including 2 children. Keith & Richard cleared a log jam in the stream at the back of the pond & then joined John by the seats to uncover the rest of the paving. There were several suggestions about how to use the area. Something to think about for future projects maybe.

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September in the Pocket Park

At the September Work Party, a cheerful group of 8 adults and 4 children gathered by the pond to trim the overhanging branches and tidy up around the seats. Jackie also brushed the steps leading to Hilbery Rise. The Conservation volunteers from Bedford are making slow but steady progress with the path work. We now have a brand-new dog bin by the pond, back in its original position. James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity ‘Froglife’ is currently negotiating with the Council to carry out some restoration work on the marsh. Latest Sightings – a little egret was spotted by the Pond Dipping platform and last Monday the kingfisher had a narrow escape when it was chased out of the willow by the pond by a sparrow hawk.

Don’t miss our final Work Party of the year on Saturday 7th October 2-4pm meeting by the pond, when we will be continuing to uncover the paving by the seats, weed the primrose bank, clear a log jam in the stream behind the pond as well as clearing rubbish. Hope to see you there.

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Pond dipping with Froglife

Pond dipping with Froglife on Saturday 5 August… We feared the worst at 1pm when we had a hail storm, but by 2 the skies had cleared and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon. 11 children and 16 adults weren’t put off by the weather and, remembering the success of last time by the bridge, James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity Froglife helped the children find many dragonfly nymphs, as well as pond skaters, hoglice and other mini beasts. The Co-op kindly donated the refreshments at their stall manned by Michelle and Zoe. James is still hopeful to find funding to come back with their digger and dredge part of the marsh in the autumn. Gallery below….

All welcome to our next Work Party when we will be meeting by the pond to clear up around the seats, weed the primrose bank, brush down the steps and prune some overhanging branches.

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Unexpected surprise in our Pocket Park

The magnificent seven worked very hard at the last Work Party clearing very large sawn-off branches, trimming overhanging branches along the path and clearing litter as well as cutting back some nettles. Many thanks to all involved for your efforts. The Conservation Volunteers working on the new section of path at the top end have had some delays in the delivery of materials, but hopefully the work will continue on Thursday. In the meantime, they have made good progress clearing grass and weeds from the rest of the paths.

I had a nice surprise last Sunday to find that the Council had replaced the rotting bridge to the right of the pond, which now has both sides enclosed and has been evened up with the level of the path to make access easier for mobility scooters.

Our next event is the Pond Dipping Workshop with the Wildlife Charity ‘Froglife’ on Saturday 5th August 2-4pm meeting by the pond.

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