Maintaining path access in our Pocket Park

Many thanks to the eight hard working volunteers who attended the Pond Work Party on Saturday 7th March and also to Andrew who donated some small pebbles to place behind the pond in the muddier areas and also thanks to Gareth for the bag of finer granite to top up on the surface. We also cleared the grass from the edges of the link path to Bentley Close and topped it up with some of the gravel. The remainder of the gravel was used to top up low points of the path towards the marsh. We have already received thanks from residents who are benefiting from the improvements. We also noticed an impressive amount of frogspawn in the pond and it looks like being a bumper year for frogs.

We have updated our activities page for 2020, take a look. There is a litter pick planned for Saturday 21st March, 10am to 12noon. This is outside. Please take into account current public safety guidance.


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Planting bulbs before the winter break begins

At the September Work Party by the pond, in spite of several regulars being away, we had 8 volunteers attending, including 3 dogs! Neil collected fly tipping on the byway near Bridleways, Keith & John cleared branches & logs from the pond & cut back brambles & weeds near the left bridge, while the rest of us weeded around the seats & paved area.

Our next and last Work Party of the year will be on 5th October 10-12.00 Midday, when we will be planting snowdrops & crocuses by the pond. Hopefully we will have had some rain by then to soften the ground.

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Bats & clean ups

41 people of all ages attended our Bat Walk with Juliette Butler from the Wildlife Trust, on a perfect warm and calm evening. Juliette introduced all the different types of bat we were likely to hear and see and handed out 6 Bat Detectors for us to use. We headed off towards the marsh picking up the sound of an early Pipistrelle and a Noctule bat flying high over the trees. Gradually other bats emerged and we headed back to the pond to watch the Daubentons bats skimming over the water which was bouncing with insects. One of our regulars, who shall be nameless, fell asleep, and didn’t make it to the Bat Walk, but in the middle of the night had a little bat visitor in the bedroom. It seems that bats don’t like to be ignored!

For our next Work Party this Saturday 7th September, 10am-12 Midday, we’ll be working by the pond, having a general tidy up.

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Bat walk this Saturday

This Saturday 3rd August we will be having a Family Bat Walk in the evening, starting at 8.30pm by the pond, led by Juliette Butler from The Wildlife Trust. She will be providing six Bat Detectors for our use. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Six attended our last Work party at the top of the park on a sultry morning. Neil strimmed the weeds alongside the path and then met up with David to erect the second Owl Box donated by Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband, in the Conservation Area opposite Bentley Close. Matt, Jackie and Anne cleared the weeds from the path and Matt trimmed the overhanging branches. We then had a general litter pick of the area.


P.S. Please be aware of small hedgehogs out and about during the day and ensure they are left alone to do their own thing.

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Lick of paint, maintaining the Pocket Park

Some of our regulars were otherwise occupied, but we had a busy morning at the June Work Party, starting with litter picking in Cransley Walk where we found more bulky items than expected while David painted the Conservation Signs and the NCC Pocket Park sign by the pond and Keith and Judith had another session with the flame weeder, clearing the weeds from the path. Anne managed to remove some of the graffiti from the notice board and the information sign by the underpass. We were very pleased at the last Residents Meeting to be presented with an Owl nesting box for the park from Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband.

For our next Work Party tomorrow we’ll be working at the top of the Park near the newly resurfaced path near Bridleways from 10-12 midday on Saturday 13th July, doing the usual jobs of trimming bushes and weeds and litter picking. Any information about graffiti culprits would be much appreciated, so we can pass it on to the police.

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Join us for our next work party in the Pocket Park

We managed to grab a sunny spot between the showers for our May Pond Work Party. Seven attended and Neil and Richard trimmed overhanging branches along the path while David and Robert cut back the bushes behind the pond. Jackie tried out the new flame weeder along the path and Judith and Anne weeded around the noticeboard and seats and topped up with wood chips. As the signs were too wet to paint on the day, we left David with some Cuprinol to do the job in his own time. Judith helped me to plant the snowdrops opposite the pond which were promptly mown off by the Northampton Borough Council contractors, but as they were already dying back they should grow again next year. The next Work Party will be on Saturday 1st June from 10-12.00 mid-day when we will be litter picking and weeding the path by the marsh. We may also need to tackle some graffiti on one of the signs. We will leave the bigger job on the underpass to the councils contractors!

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Birds in our Pocket Park

For our Top Work Party near Bridleways on a chilly but sunny morning we had seven attending and lots of fly tipping was cleared from the Byway and from several places along the stream as well as rubbish thrown over the fence from Fellmead Road. As usual we had a hopeful robin to accompany us and a couple of ravens flew over while we were working. On the 25th March we put up 2 bird boxes in the Wildlife Area near Bentley Close and on 30th David helped us to erect an Owl Box in the Wet Woodland area at the bottom of the park. Our next Work Party will be on Saturday 11th May, 10am to 12noon by the Pond at the back of Healey Close and Huntsmead.

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