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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. 

RESIDENTIAL

We are planning a residential, either 27th – 29th Jan or 24th – 26th Feb 2012 in Cumbria, please get in contact now, to express interest. A meeting will be held after task on Fri 18th Nov.

Hidden Bradford

This Bradford Facts site was pointed out to me today -it mentions Apple Day, and other places BEES volunteers may know. Whilst it was fun to read, it was also intriguing to know who has created the site. Does anyone know it's origin? If we could contact them we could ask them to link to our website so people can find out more.

Apple Day Volunteers wanted

It's just over a month to Apple Day (9th October). The fruit is ripening on the trees and the final preparations are being made for the event.

We rely heavily on volunteer help to make the day a success so we are interested to hear if you would like to be involved.

Tasks include setting up the marquees, signs and activities before the event starts; welcoming people to the event; helping with activities or in the cafe; and of course clearing up afterwards.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer so that we organise the team effectively. Please indicate what time and how long you would like to volunteer for. We encourage volunteers to be at an event briefing at 11am, but this is not essential (especially if you want to help clear up at the end of the day), and volunteers will receive food and drink vouchers to use in the cafe at the event.

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at Apple Day

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