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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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Frog, moths and bats….

A big thank you to all who joined us on the evening of 6th August. 32 adults and 11 children + 2 dogs attended our Family Moth Night led by Lisa Rowley and James Skinner from the Wildlife Trust on a warm evening. While we waited for sun down we looked at the display of moths and handed around a colourful selection of live moths which James had caught the night before. When the light traps were switched on we caught an additional 9 species. The bats were also busy over the pond and the children even found a little frog.

All welcome to the next Work Party when we’re hoping to cut back the bushes by the side of the path at the bottom of Allard Close plus the usual litter picking. The work party information is on the poster in the gallery below.

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An evening with the moths

Join us this Saturday 6th August to discover more about moths, see poster for more details. Moth Night 6 8 16-page-001

Following feedback and liaising with Northampton Borough Council we have had the ‘No horse riding’ sign relocated behind Allard Close and Ermine Road. The council has also added ‘No Motorbike’ signs to all the ‘No Horse riding’ signs.

 

 

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