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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Clearing the way, join us in the Pocket Park

Join us this Saturday 10 June, see poster for information.

It was good to have 2 new volunteers at the last Work Party who helped Neil to trim back the bushes beside the path at the bottom of Allard Close. We have had some trouble trying to get the cuttings collected and we will have another attempt to get this sorted, but if not we will try to lose the cuttings in the bushes at the next Work Party. Keith took the plunge behind the pond and cleared a branch blockage in the stream while Judith & Anne weeded around the seats and Notice Board. Joanna was kept busy taking photos and running messages between the two groups.

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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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Clearing the paths

We were very select this month with 3 people continuing path clearing along Cransley Walk (between Ermine Road and Allard Close) and 2 planting primroses in the wildflower area near Bridleways and generally litter picking, pruning and clearing the path.

Next month we’ll be meeting by the pond on Saturday 6th May, please see the activities page for more information.

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Maintaining our Pocket Park, join us

We would love to see you on Saturday 1st April for our next work party, see poster below.

During our Great British Spring Clean up we managed to collect 140 kg of bulky waste and about 15 bags of mostly recyclable waste. We also chopped down a monster rose bush which had been hoarding litter underneath and cleared some of the mud and leaves from the paths between Ermine Road and Allard Close.

Take a look at the sort of things we did last year during the 2016 season in our Rectory Farm Pocket Park Annual Report (Feb 17) which was shared at our AGM last month (February 2017).

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Great British Spring Clean report

On Saturday 4 March 2017 15 people attended altogether including 4 children. Following the sad loss of our Neighbourhood Warden Lesley, Nuala kindly stepped in to help us with her truck. Neil helped her to clear the bigger items of waste along the park, Joanna and Keith cleared the path of leaves and mud, Adie and Anne chopped down the overgrown rose bush near the bottom of Cransley Walk which had been hoarding litter and the others litter picked down the walk and around the marsh. After having to cancel the last 2 Work Parties we were very relieved to have dry weather until it started to spot with rain at 4pm.

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