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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Join us this Saturday in the Pocket Park

Join us this Saturday 13th April, 10am-12noon (please note time) when we will be meeting by the resurfaced path near Bridleways for our latest work party.

We have updated our activities page with amended dates and times for this years programme.

The weather was very kind for our first morning Spring Clean on Saturday 2nd March. Eleven attended including 2 children. We started by litter picking in the Cransley walk area and then split up along the park. Richard and the girls went around Rectory Farm Road and Judith and Jackie helped me clear some more grass from the edges of the path. David used the wheelbarrow to clear some larger items and Neil litter picked in Crowthorp Road.

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Pocket Park group AGM

We’re back after our winter break… We warmly invite you to our AGM on Saturday 2nd February at 22 Allard Close between 2-4pm. Any new volunteers are particularly welcome, as well as old of course! Any ideas for future events, projects and work parties are welcome. Let me know if you have any items you would like to add to the agenda. Ann the Pocket Park coordinator saw a Kite flying quite low near the park calling to its mate. Lovely to see.

The blogger apologies for the lack of postings after the summer posting. We hope to do a better job this year 🙂

 

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Mini beasts in the Pocket Park & more

This year our family event on Saturday 4th August 2-4pm will be another Mini Beast Safari led by Angie, an Education Ranger from Brixworth Country Park. Come and join us as we search for little beasties and learn all about them. Hopefully the weather will be just right! How good it is to have some refreshing rain at last.

Seven intrepid volunteers including two children ventured out for our hottest ever Work Party on Saturday afternoon. We began by litter picking down Cransley Walk & then Judith, Bruno, Sam & Jackie continued working down towards the pond, while Neil collected bulky items in the wheelbarrow. Keith & Anne cleared the grass & weeds from a shady area of the path, encouraged by Joanna, our photographer.

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The things we find in the Pocket Park

For our next Work Party on Saturday 7th July 2-4pm we’ll start by litter picking at the top of Cransley Walk, opposite Olden Road and work our way down to the marsh. Then we have the option of weeding the path or trimming the overhanging branches alongside the path and around the dog bins.

We have had some good news from NBC who are proposing to use some section 106 money (from developers) to fund replacing the top layer of the new section of path near Bridleways to make it smoother for motor buggies and pushchairs and also to install a safety rail on the steeper side and replace the dog bin to make it more accessible.

We had another sunny day for our Pond Work Party on the Saturday 9th June with 8 attending, including 2 children. Neil and John heroically had another attempt to remove the garden Pond Liner from the lake and this time were successful. They cut up the liner into small pieces and we were very grateful to Richard who picked up the pieces later and took them to the tip. We were also very grateful to a man who was trimming the hedge in Shapewood Walk and offered to collect up some dog rose trimmings which had been overhanging the path. The girls did some litter picking and Jane, Judith & Anne weeded by the Notice Board & Seats. On the way home we disturbed a very pretty Ermine Moth.

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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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