Pond dipping with Froglife

Pond dipping with Froglife on Saturday 5 August… We feared the worst at 1pm when we had a hail storm, but by 2 the skies had cleared and we had a gloriously sunny afternoon. 11 children and 16 adults weren’t put off by the weather and, remembering the success of last time by the bridge, James Mcadie from the Wildlife Charity Froglife helped the children find many dragonfly nymphs, as well as pond skaters, hoglice and other mini beasts. The Co-op kindly donated the refreshments at their stall manned by Michelle and Zoe. James is still hopeful to find funding to come back with their digger and dredge part of the marsh in the autumn. Gallery below….

All welcome to our next Work Party when we will be meeting by the pond to clear up around the seats, weed the primrose bank, brush down the steps and prune some overhanging branches.

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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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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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