Archive for Work parties

Bats & clean ups

41 people of all ages attended our Bat Walk with Juliette Butler from the Wildlife Trust, on a perfect warm and calm evening. Juliette introduced all the different types of bat we were likely to hear and see and handed out 6 Bat Detectors for us to use. We headed off towards the marsh picking up the sound of an early Pipistrelle and a Noctule bat flying high over the trees. Gradually other bats emerged and we headed back to the pond to watch the Daubentons bats skimming over the water which was bouncing with insects. One of our regulars, who shall be nameless, fell asleep, and didn’t make it to the Bat Walk, but in the middle of the night had a little bat visitor in the bedroom. It seems that bats don’t like to be ignored!

For our next Work Party this Saturday 7th September, 10am-12 Midday, we’ll be working by the pond, having a general tidy up.

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Lick of paint, maintaining the Pocket Park

Some of our regulars were otherwise occupied, but we had a busy morning at the June Work Party, starting with litter picking in Cransley Walk where we found more bulky items than expected while David painted the Conservation Signs and the NCC Pocket Park sign by the pond and Keith and Judith had another session with the flame weeder, clearing the weeds from the path. Anne managed to remove some of the graffiti from the notice board and the information sign by the underpass. We were very pleased at the last Residents Meeting to be presented with an Owl nesting box for the park from Sue Dartnell in memory of her husband.

For our next Work Party tomorrow we’ll be working at the top of the Park near the newly resurfaced path near Bridleways from 10-12 midday on Saturday 13th July, doing the usual jobs of trimming bushes and weeds and litter picking. Any information about graffiti culprits would be much appreciated, so we can pass it on to the police.

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Join us for our next work party in the Pocket Park

We managed to grab a sunny spot between the showers for our May Pond Work Party. Seven attended and Neil and Richard trimmed overhanging branches along the path while David and Robert cut back the bushes behind the pond. Jackie tried out the new flame weeder along the path and Judith and Anne weeded around the noticeboard and seats and topped up with wood chips. As the signs were too wet to paint on the day, we left David with some Cuprinol to do the job in his own time. Judith helped me to plant the snowdrops opposite the pond which were promptly mown off by the Northampton Borough Council contractors, but as they were already dying back they should grow again next year. The next Work Party will be on Saturday 1st June from 10-12.00 mid-day when we will be litter picking and weeding the path by the marsh. We may also need to tackle some graffiti on one of the signs. We will leave the bigger job on the underpass to the councils contractors!

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Join us this Saturday in the Pocket Park

Join us this Saturday 13th April, 10am-12noon (please note time) when we will be meeting by the resurfaced path near Bridleways for our latest work party.

We have updated our activities page with amended dates and times for this years programme.

The weather was very kind for our first morning Spring Clean on Saturday 2nd March. Eleven attended including 2 children. We started by litter picking in the Cransley walk area and then split up along the park. Richard and the girls went around Rectory Farm Road and Judith and Jackie helped me clear some more grass from the edges of the path. David used the wheelbarrow to clear some larger items and Neil litter picked in Crowthorp Road.

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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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