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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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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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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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Path improvements on the way

Great news! We recently were successful with a grant application for funding to improve paths in the Pocket Park. We thank all residents who completed the survey earlier this year and especially your comments. The grant was awarded by Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s First for Wellbeing Fund click here to find out more

Our local Councillors James Hill (Northampton Borough Council) and Andrew Kilbride (Northamptonshire County Council) have to agreed to provide some match funding through the Councillor Empowerment funds.

 

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Round the big pond

Join us this Saturday 6th May, 2pm to 4pm around the big pond behind Healey Close and Huntsmead, find out more on the poster below ….

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