Conservation Volunteers

Northcliffe Woods, ShipleyNorthcliffe Woods, ShipleyThe conservation volunteers meet on most Fridays throughout the year.

Forthcoming Friday tasks are listed here.
The Conservation Volunteers may be working additional days on either a Wednesday/Thursday.  Contact the office to find out what is happening. 

We work on a variety of urban and urban fringe sites in the Bradford district, managing them for the benefit of wildlife and local people.

We offer an opportunity for anybody interested in nature conservation or people keen to help maintain local areas and make a positive impact on the local environment. No previous experience is necessary; training will be given on the day.

The meeting point for the workdays is Culture Fusion,
125 Thornton Road, Bradford, BD1 2EP (a few minutes walk from Centenary Square).

Fridays: Please arrive between 9.30 - 9.45am. We leave at 10am. We normally work until mid afternoon, but any contribution is welcomed.
Wednesdays/Thursday:  Leave at 10am.  Contact office for further information.  

We encourage all prospective volunteers to contact the office if you are interested in volunteering and we will discuss details.

Read reports of previous tasks here

Shed Building 21st Sept and w/c 24th Sept

Friday 21st September, 2018
workshop and orchard

An update with proposed work days over the next week as we approach the actual construction of the shed. 

Friday 21st Sept; we will go to the orchard in the morning. We will be fixing the base plate in position and organising the area around the shed for the build next week.
We will also be harvesting, and carrying on with hedge cutting etc.
We will be returning to Culture Fusion by early afternoon  - there is still more to do in the workshop, but also essential work to remove dandelion seedlings from the meadow.

Monday 24th Sept; the straw is being delivered in the morning. I don't know exactly what time but they will give us a bit of notice. My plan is to be at Culture Fusion from 9am, working in the workshop until they ring, and then going to the orchard. If you are able to help unload the straw adn move to the orchard, either come to Culture Fusion early on, or I can text you once I know an arrival time. Please let me know if you can help. Once the straw is safely stored we will return to Culture Fusion to continue with the timber work. Unfortunately we are behind schedule, but cannot start to assemble the straw until all the timber work is ready. 

Tuesday 25th Sept; workshop to complete (hopefully) the timber work. Who knows, we might even be in a position to go to the orchard. 

Wednesday 26th Sept; we really hope to be at the orchard today starting to assemble the straw. I cannot predict how long it will take to get the bales in place, so either today or tomorrow we will get the roof plate in place. 

Thursday 27th Sept; orchard, roof plate and rafters. 

Friday 28th Sept; at orchard  - roof, fascias etc (!!). We may even start some of the rendering, but you will have to wait for a further update for a clearer timescale on this. 

Saturday and Sunday - lets see...

While we at the orchard there are of course the regular Sept jobs; harvesting, grass cutting, hedge cutting, general weeding. 

Please can you let me know if and when you are planning to come. The above is an estimated plan, but those of you who have been involved to date will realise how over optimistic I have been with progress to date. I will give updates to progress and each day's work locations to those that plan to come or want to be kept informed, rather than to my entire email group.

I'm pretty confident in saying that this is the one and only opportunity for you to be involved in building a straw bale structure as part of a BEES programme. Don't miss out! 

Bowling Park Community Orchard - to be updated

Friday 28th September, 2018

We will probably be at the orchard (in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive) , but may change at short notice. We will email and update the website.

[At this stage we would like to keep the schedule for September flexible. We need to get the shed built by the end of the month. Some of this will be in the workshop, but when we come to the actual construction it will need to be consecutive days, in dry weather. We will email specific work days as we progress. If you only receive the programme by post and want to be kept informed then please ring the office to let us know].

Sydenham Place Wildlife Garden

Friday 5th October, 2018
back Sydenham Place

Over the past couple of years we have had occasional days helping the residents in the streets around Sydenham Place to create a space for food growing and wildlife in a previously abandoned space. We will return tocontinue improve access and growing spaces.

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Friday 12th October, 2018
in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

Final site preparations for Apple Day, plus harvesting.


APPLE DAY at the orchard

Sunday 14th October, 2018
in the allotments on Bowling Pk Drive

The event runs from 12-4pm.

If you wish to volunteer please let us know in advance. There will only be an early pick up at Culture Fusion (c. 8.30am), so it would help us greatly if you could make your own way there if you don’t fancy the early start. Volunteer tasks include putting marquees up (and down), helping with the juicing, teas and coffees and selling chutneys, apples etc.