Archive for Rectory Farm Ramble

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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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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Improving our Pocket Park

We had a nice warm afternoon for our Marsh Work Party on Saturday 3 June. Seven attended and we started by litter picking down Cransley Walk while Judith and Joanna did a bit more work on clearing the path. Dave piled up clippings from last month and we all joined him to continue trimming the bushes where we left off last time. Getting the pile of waste collected from by the marsh proved to be quite a challenge, fortunately now removed. We look forward to having a new Neighbourhood Warden which should make everything much easier.

As you can see on the poster, the Conservation Volunteers have started work on the new section of path at the top of the park to make access easier down the slope for motor buggies and pushchairs. The work will be continuing on the 28th & 29th June if you would like to meet them. Our next Work Party will be on Saturday 1st July 2-4pm meeting in the narrow pathway to Bridleways. We are hoping to trim overhanging branches, clear the path of weeds and weed the wildflower area as well as the usual litter picking.

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Clearing the way, join us in the Pocket Park

Join us this Saturday 10 June, see poster for information.

It was good to have 2 new volunteers at the last Work Party who helped Neil to trim back the bushes beside the path at the bottom of Allard Close. We have had some trouble trying to get the cuttings collected and we will have another attempt to get this sorted, but if not we will try to lose the cuttings in the bushes at the next Work Party. Keith took the plunge behind the pond and cleared a branch blockage in the stream while Judith & Anne weeded around the seats and Notice Board. Joanna was kept busy taking photos and running messages between the two groups.

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Great British Spring Clean Saturday 4th March

Join us this Saturday 4th March for our first clean up of the year. We are joining in with the Great British Spring Clean a Keep Britain Tidy campaign. See poster below for full information.

Thank you to everyone who has already completed our Pocket Park survey. If you haven’t completed the very short survey, please do. We really value your responses…. please complete our survey by clicking on this link.


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Pocket Park survey – Rectory Farm Ramble revisited

Hello all. It’s been a while since we posted. We will be adding a couple of posts during the next couple of weeks. Watch this space.

In the meantime we would love for you to take part in this survey to help support our grant application to improve access

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Planting, trimming & milestones

This coming Saturday 5th September we will be planting and tidying up around the big pond, please join us, see poster below.

We recently hit a milestone for this blog, over 100 posts since it was started in April 2011 to promote the ‘Rectory Farm Ramble’ Lottery project. Take a look through our archive to see more of what we have done over the years since this blog was started. Rectory Farm Pocket Park group started in 2003 and became official in 2004, over Ten years and we hope you’ll agree that our beautiful park continues to be a gem for our community. Many different hands have helped shape the Pocket Park over the years, please consider becoming another set of hands in the history of our Pocket Park.

Poster for Pond Work Party (new) 05-09-15-page-001

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