Archive for Work parties

The things we find in the Pocket Park

For our next Work Party on Saturday 7th July 2-4pm we’ll start by litter picking at the top of Cransley Walk, opposite Olden Road and work our way down to the marsh. Then we have the option of weeding the path or trimming the overhanging branches alongside the path and around the dog bins.

We have had some good news from NBC who are proposing to use some section 106 money (from developers) to fund replacing the top layer of the new section of path near Bridleways to make it smoother for motor buggies and pushchairs and also to install a safety rail on the steeper side and replace the dog bin to make it more accessible.

We had another sunny day for our Pond Work Party on the Saturday 9th June with 8 attending, including 2 children. Neil and John heroically had another attempt to remove the garden Pond Liner from the lake and this time were successful. They cut up the liner into small pieces and we were very grateful to Richard who picked up the pieces later and took them to the tip. We were also very grateful to a man who was trimming the hedge in Shapewood Walk and offered to collect up some dog rose trimmings which had been overhanging the path. The girls did some litter picking and Jane, Judith & Anne weeded by the Notice Board & Seats. On the way home we disturbed a very pretty Ermine Moth.

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Big pond clearance

We had lovely weather again for our May Work Party near the Bridleways estate with 6 attending. The tasks involved trimming the hedge to make access easier to the dog bin, clearing litter which had been thrown over the fence from Fellmead Road and weeding the edges of the path. We were glad of a bit of shade as the sun got hotter and a friendly robin kept us company as usual.

This Saturday we will be working by the pond on 9th June. Options include Clearing logs from the pond, Litter picking, Weeding around the Notice Board, Pocket Park Sign & Seats & Brushing the steps to Hilberry Rise.

 

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Spring Clean report & next activity

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey. In our latest posting information for our next work party and a report from our spring clean.

For our next Work Party this Saturday 5th May 2-4pm, we’ll be working at the top of the park near Bridleways, trimming the hedge to give better access to the dog bin, litter picking and weeding the path. Join us!

We had a very warm day for our Spring Clean Up in the Park and surrounding area on Saturday 7th  April. In spite of several regulars being away, we had an impressive turn out with 22 people attending including 4 children and 2 dogs! After clearing up around Cransley Walk, we moved out into the surrounding area in Olden Road and Ermine Road. Others collected larger items from the stream at the bottom of Crowthorp Road and litter picked along Fellmead Road. We also continued clearing the path of grass and weeds by the marsh. About 21 bags of waste were collected and we heard the first Chiff Chaff of the year by the marsh.

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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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September in the Pocket Park

At the September Work Party, a cheerful group of 8 adults and 4 children gathered by the pond to trim the overhanging branches and tidy up around the seats. Jackie also brushed the steps leading to Hilbery Rise. The Conservation volunteers from Bedford are making slow but steady progress with the path work. We now have a brand-new dog bin by the pond, back in its original position. James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity ‘Froglife’ is currently negotiating with the Council to carry out some restoration work on the marsh. Latest Sightings – a little egret was spotted by the Pond Dipping platform and last Monday the kingfisher had a narrow escape when it was chased out of the willow by the pond by a sparrow hawk.

Don’t miss our final Work Party of the year on Saturday 7th October 2-4pm meeting by the pond, when we will be continuing to uncover the paving by the seats, weed the primrose bank, clear a log jam in the stream behind the pond as well as clearing rubbish. Hope to see you there.

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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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