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WFV Social Cancelled

We have decided to cancel tomorrow's (22nd January) WFV Social event because of the adverse weather conditions.

At this stage there is no plan to reschedule the event, sorry for any disappointment.

 

Celebrating National Tree Week

On Tuesday 27th November we helped 3 classes planting trees and bulbs on the new school field at Appleton Academy. The trees were bought by H&J Martin, the company that has just completed the new building, and we were joined by Garry Farmer, the site construction manager. 

Despite the drizzle, the cold and the mud all the children and the parent helpers seemed to enjoy the activity and were pleased to be able to help put the finishing touches to their new school.

If you want see a bit more, have a look at the video on this page ...

We'd just like to add...we'd never condone the waving of spades in normal circumstances!!


Friday 19th October 2012: User Forum from 5pm

Reminder that we are hosting a User Forum on Friday 19th October from 5pm at Culture Fusion (performance area). We will be discussing the BEES Conservation Volunteer project. Followed by a presentation from Sue about her trip to Spain to work on the project that Montse organised. If people fancy after we can go for a drink and or a curry. Look forward to seeing you.

Forest Garden Project Planning Day

We will be choosing which edible plants we want in the garden and where we want to plant them. This will be a fun and interactive process and we want to involve as many people as possible. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. All welcome 11-3 Thursday October 25th The Rockwell Centre - Thorpe Edge Bradford – BD10 8DP

Solar Powered Pink Milkfloat at Apple Day!

What's going on? Apple milkshakes?

Actually it is an old fashioned printing press and will set up for the day so people can have a go at printing their own Appley Posters...or whatever.

We have never had anything like this at Apple Day before...and I doubt we will again. So come and have a go, or just find out more about letterpress printing from the experts.

Find out more by following this link to The Print Project.

Apple Day - Sunday 7th October at the orchard

Change to Volunteer Task on 14th September

We have changed the destination for task on Friday 14th September.

We will be going to Newhall Park Primary School to undertake some addition tasks in the wildlife and food growing area.

Orchard Break in

Some of you may have read in the T&A that have been several break-ins to sheds in allotment plots in the Bowling Park site where our orchard is. Our shed was one of the targets. Fortunately we do not store anything of value in the shed so the material loss has been minimal. However the damage to the shed door is significant and means we will have to spend a considerable amount to get it replaced.

On a more positive note, there is some fruit on the trees, however the ill timed frost in May will mean the harvest will be lower than last year.

Apple Day; Sunday 7th October...put it in your diary!

Community Space Challenge in the National Lottery Awards

The national Community Space Challenge programme is through to the semi finals of the 2012 National Lottery Awards for the best environment project in the UK. Bradford YMCA runs three of 70 projects in the country.

If you reckon we are worthy winners could you please vote for us. Deadline for voting is 26th July.

Here is the direct link: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/environmental

If CSC win the Award it means that Bradford YMCA will have an award winning project. This will be a valuable asset to our CSC team, as we are currently seeking news ways of working as CSC comes to an end in September this year.

Many thanks, Rob and Rachel

Residential Fri 15th – 17th June 2012

The residential is approaching faster than expected. So far we only have a few definates and would like to fill more places. Please let us know if you would like a place or any more information. I would also like to arrange a meeting about the residential on 25th May, after the task at Newhall Park. Look forward to hearing from you, Nick

Cattle as Conservation grazers

At the end of February we spent a productive weekend helping with the management of Hutton Roof Crags, a Cumbria Widlife Trust site. Our task was to open up a ride in the woodland for the benefit of buttlerflies. Over the three days we were working there we enjoyed the company of a small herd of cows which live on the reserve, a mix of Redpoll and Shorthorns. 

You may be interested in reading a couple of related articles from recent copies of Conservation Land Management magazine which provide a bit more detail about the use of extensive grazing as a conservation management technique. One of the articles (and the cows featured in both) is by Bill Grayson, the grazier responsible for the cows at Hutton Roof Crags.

If you wish to get an idea of the type of articles in CLM have a look at this website, and then get in touch if you want to read anything in more detail. 

You are welcome to access our books and journals before or after task on Fridays, or at other times by arrangement. You are welcome to use the area outside the office, and you are able to make a hot drink. 

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