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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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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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Spring in the Pocket Park

It’s Spring…ish. With the variable weather we are still seeing the fauna and flora coming alive. Join us for our next work party on Saturday 7th May, 2 to 4pm, see poster below for more information. Take a look at a few pictures from April’s work party and our beautiful Pocket Park. Here is a report of this months work party.

‘On a lovely sunny day eight attended the Top Litter Pick near Bridleways. Butterflies were out in abundance including brimstone, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell, comma and peacock. Neil and David helped Nuala pick up larger items in her truck along the park including five bikes! Keith trimmed overhanging branches. Judith planted four foxgloves, cleared the wildflower area with Anne and then they both helped Bruno with the litter picking. Joanna was our photographer again as access allowed!’

Poster for Marsh Work Party 7 5 16-page-001

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Clean for the Queen

On Saturday 5th March we used the opportunity of the Clean for the Queen national campaign run by Keep Britain Tidy to promote our normal work party. Rectory Farm Residents Association organised two free skips, one located on Fellmead Road and the other on Olden Road between 10am and 1pm.

We had an enthusiastic group of 16 turning out to Clean for the Queen including 6 children. We litter picked down Cransley Walk and around the marsh area and then walked along the rest of the park in both directions litter picking on the way. Many thanks to Joanna for being our photographer.

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Froglife & the Marsh

This Saturday we will be working with volunteers from the local Froglife group removing Willow trees from the Marsh. This will be our last work party of the 2015 season before we start our winter break. Our AGM will be in February 2016 and our first work party (2016 season) will be in March.

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