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Maintaining path access in our Pocket Park

Many thanks to the eight hard working volunteers who attended the Pond Work Party on Saturday 7th March and also to Andrew who donated some small pebbles to place behind the pond in the muddier areas and also thanks to Gareth for the bag of finer granite to top up on the surface. We also cleared the grass from the edges of the link path to Bentley Close and topped it up with some of the gravel. The remainder of the gravel was used to top up low points of the path towards the marsh. We have already received thanks from residents who are benefiting from the improvements. We also noticed an impressive amount of frogspawn in the pond and it looks like being a bumper year for frogs.

We have updated our activities page for 2020, take a look. There is a litter pick planned for Saturday 21st March, 10am to 12noon. This is outside. Please take into account current public safety guidance.


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Planting bulbs before the winter break begins

At the September Work Party by the pond, in spite of several regulars being away, we had 8 volunteers attending, including 3 dogs! Neil collected fly tipping on the byway near Bridleways, Keith & John cleared branches & logs from the pond & cut back brambles & weeds near the left bridge, while the rest of us weeded around the seats & paved area.

Our next and last Work Party of the year will be on 5th October 10-12.00 Midday, when we will be planting snowdrops & crocuses by the pond. Hopefully we will have had some rain by then to soften the ground.

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Bat walk this Saturday

This Saturday 3rd August we will be having a Family Bat Walk in the evening, starting at 8.30pm by the pond, led by Juliette Butler from The Wildlife Trust. She will be providing six Bat Detectors for our use. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Six attended our last Work party at the top of the park on a sultry morning. Neil strimmed the weeds alongside the path and then met up with David to erect the second Owl Box donated by Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband, in the Conservation Area opposite Bentley Close. Matt, Jackie and Anne cleared the weeds from the path and Matt trimmed the overhanging branches. We then had a general litter pick of the area.


P.S. Please be aware of small hedgehogs out and about during the day and ensure they are left alone to do their own thing.

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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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