Culture Fusion Meadow and gardens

As the designs for Culture Fusion developed it was obvious the footprint of the building was going to cover almost all the available space. So in order to create a garden space the architects incorporated a first floor garden at the back of the building stretching out over Bradford Beck.

The planting plans for the garden are to create a wildflower meadow and plant a native hedge in the galvanised planters that surround the meadow area.

The planting is underway...
On 16th March 2012 we started the planting.
The planters were filled with a green roof planting medium and with topsoil. The trees planted were a mix of native speices chosen to provide a range of colour, shape and food for the birds and insects (birch, alder, field maple, hawthorn, hazel, rowan and a few dog rose). They will be managed to prevent them getting too big. Some of the planters have been left empty and will be used for vegetables and flowers once the garden space is operational.

The meadow has been seeded into the greenroof seedbed medium, a mixture clay and bark chip, that was provided as part of the building contract.
The area has been divided into 3 planting schemes. A couple of small patches are a mix of low growing wildflowers; the narrow end of the meadow is a mix of grass (70%) and low growing flowers, whilst the wide end is a grass mix with taller growing flowers.

Click here for a Bird Species list and please feel free to include any observation you have made.

A plant species list will be added shortly.

See the gallery for more pictures

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Task List - Culture Fusion Meadow and Garden

Culture Fusion garden and workshop

Friday 28th April, 2017
125 Thornton Road

Our teacher: Alison teaching us the principlesOur teacher: Alison teaching us the principlesToday was an opportunity to get the undercroft organised and the planting beds on the first floor ready for this season’s vegetables. An old metal shelf was re assembled, creating surfaces for the pots in the sunlight for part of the day. They will probably need to be tied to fence to hold them up, but they will be useful and I’m glad they escaped a recent trip to the tip. Old seed trays were emptied and the planters were weeded and filled with new compost. 

Lino StudentLino Student

The rest of the day was spent in the art workshop. Alison very kindly provided excellent tuition, inspiration and encouragement to get everyone involved in a lino printing moth masterclass. We are creating images of moths found in our locality, to send to an art exhibition on America. You will be able to see the results of our work in the office area in a few weeks.

PrintsPrints

Tool Maintenance at Culture Fusion

Friday 6th January, 2017
In the workshop at Culture Fusion

Sharpening chiselSharpening chiselAs always we started the year with some tlc for the tools. All the sharp edged tools; scythes, sickles, billhooks, loppers and shears, where taken to the workshop for a clean and a sharpen. This is our opportunity to use the files as well as the sharpening stones to make sure ‘shoulders’ don’t develop on the point which happens if there is continued sharpening at the cutting edge of the blade. 

The bowsaws were checked and the tool box tidied up, ready to go for our tasks in 2017. We even managed to pair up some gloves and find homes for the wellies.  

 

Culture Fusion

Friday 8th April, 2016
125 Thornton Road BD1 2EP

It's that time once again; today we are working at our base in the under-croft area where some of our equipment are stored along with the Culture Fusion Meadow.

Part of the team spent their time assigned to the task of tidying up the store area. With a concerted effort we were able to restore a little order to the under-croft and storage sheds and even managed to assess the condition of some of our tools and equipment.

Meanwhile the other part of the team spent their day working on the meadow removing some of the more dominant species and tending to the raised beds.

Culture Fusion

Friday 10th July, 2015
At BEES base (no minibus today)

15th June 201515th June 2015The task, working at our base today at The Culture Fusion Meadow and in the undercroft where we store some of our equipment. Part of the team spent their time tidying the store area and picking the best pieces from our timber repository to use in the woodwork workshop, where we produce benches, planters and the like, for use on various projects.

The other part of the team spent their day on the meadow removing some of the more dominant species and tending to our vegetables. We also covered a growing frame with plastic sheeting to protect some young tomato plants. Cucumbers, squashes, lettuce, sweetcorn and peas were weeded and thinned out and replanted. The temperature on the meadow must have been in the mid to high twenties celsius. A perfect spot for a picnic which the team partook of at lunch break. There were eight of us today.

Culture Fusion Workshop

Friday 9th January, 2015
Thornton road, BD1 2EP

We always dedicate the first task of the year to tool maintenance and making a start on updating the inventory. 

The sharp edged tools were honed with files and stones in the workshops. Spades got new handles. Bowsaws were fixed and sharpened. Glenford and David had done an absolutely fabulous job of reorganising the sheds over the Christmas period. They continued with this today – it is going to make it so much easier to keep the tools organised and accessible, thank you.

 

Local sites

Friday 23rd May, 2014
Woodside and Culture Fusion

Today task was to attend and further manage the sites at Woodside Community Garden, Reevy Mill Dam, the Community Orchard where the plants required some attention. Also as well as this the grass at Reevy Mill Dam was mown and the group undertook some litterpicking. The Ration Garden project at Culture Fusion and the Orchard, which is part of the commemoration of the start of World War 1. 

Today we were a group of 9

 

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BEES Tool Store

Friday 10th January, 2014
Culture Fusion, 125 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1 2EP

It was the first task of the year, so as is usual we spent the day at the tool store. We took the edged tools to the workshop and made sure that they were sharp. Other tools were cleaned and oiled. The tool inventory list was checked and the tool store was tidied. The PPE was tidied and we managed to repair some of the broken tools. Now all is ready for the conservation work that we have planned over the coming months. 

Today we worked with 7 volunteers.

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Friday 27th September 2013 Culture Fusion and Appley Café, 125 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1

  

As there were two projects today, we started the day with a meeting to inform people of the projects and decide which one they wanted to be involved with.  The people who wanted to join the café got straight on with preparing apples for the fruit press by washing and chopping them.  Other people got to work on the Culture Fusion meadow area. This had to be cut and raked off and we used a combination of our hand tools and mower. Cutting and raking will benefit the wild flowers sown and will help to make a good display next year. It is now encouraging after its poor start that there is nearly a complete coverage of green plants. At the same time the raised beds were weeded, the trees that will make up the hedge are looking in ok and will hopefully continue to grow next year.

The pop up café was set up in the YMCA shop and was soon of really nice offerings like apple bread and butter pudding and apple and lemon tart. This was popular with passing shoppers. Then the juicer got going and his drew a good deal of attention. Passing shoppers were encouraged to taste the fresh juice and find out about the seasonal offerings. It was great to be in such a prominent position in the town to promote and share the harvest.

Today we worked with 16 volunteers.

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Friday 16th March 2012: Culture Fusion Building, 125 Thornton Road, BD1

Wow!

What an achievement. Not only did we shift about 11 tons of drainage substrate and top soil, we also completed the tasks of planting the hedge and seeding the wildflower meadow on the first floor and planting on the fifth floor garden.

We have attempted to do this several times in the past 6 months; first the structure wasn't ready, then it was too windy, then we realised there was a turf guard over the entire meadow that would make it hard to weed and control the inevitable docks and dandelions, then the area was being used for a training day... In the end we decided to put the seed in the fridge to mimic the winter conditions needed to stimulate germination for some species and try again later.

And now it is done. The trees are a mix of native species; birch, alder, hawthorn, field maple, hazel, rowan and a few dog rose.

The wildflower meadow is a mix of 70% fine grasses and 30% wildflowers. One zone has low growing species whilst the other has taller growing species, and there are a couple of patches with just wildflowers.

The area will be a no-go zone (except for watering...the rain on Saturday was very welcome!) for the next few months but we have created a Meadow gallery and page on the website and we will keep you up to date with progress.

Once again, massive congratulations to all 26 people who contributed today.