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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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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