Task Reports

Please contact the office if you are interested in volunteering and we will discuss details.

St Ives Charcoal kilns

Friday 23rd June, 2017

Charcoal prep. We will be transporting timber to the kiln site and chopping it to a suitable size to fill the kilns. 

 

Summer outing; Hutton Roof Crags

Friday 16th June, 2017
Cumbria

*advance booking essential

**9am departure

We will travel to Cumbria for a summer visit to see the impact of our winter woodland management work. Wal, the warden, will give us a guided tour. The walk will be several miles and the terrain is uneven and hilly. Ask you need more info to decide if you wish to attend. Ticks are present so we advise you to wear long trousers and use insect repellent. Make sure you have adequate food and water with you.

Please book a place on the minibus asap, and note the early departure time. We aim to return to Bradford by about 6pm but cannot guarantee an exact arrival time. 

 

Bowling Park Community Orchard

Wednesday 14th June, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Park Drive

As we are not doing practical work on Friday we will join the Shaping Spaces group today to work at the orchard. 

We will mowing the grass, keeping on top of the vegetation under the trees and continuing with the work to re-position the compost bins. 

Lower Fields Primary School

Friday 9th June, 2017
Fenby Avenue BD4

A proud groupA proud group

We didn’t quite get the bridge finished in May, so today we will make the finishing touches – the final decking boards, landscaping the approaching paths and fixing the hand rail.  

 

BEES Urban Nature Reserve

Friday 2nd June, 2017
Uni campus of Laisteridge Lane

Marsh CinqefoilMarsh CinqefoilDo you know what rotting chicken carcasses smell like? I’m sure can imagine it, but I advise you not to. We arrived at the Reserve prepared to be disappointed by the state of the place after a prolonged period of anti-social behaviour (drug use and discarded paraphernalia), but had not come prepared for the stench of repeated fly-tipping from All Saints Road. Luckily the breeze meant the smell was intermittent (or is that wishful thinking?). 

On the plus side there was no sign of dangerous rubbish. And the marsh cinquefoil and other flowers were looking good. A water lily opened slightly in the afternoon sun, the greater spearwort will be out in the next week as will the flag irises. And we saw a frog for the first time in years. The newt population looks good. One of the ponds looks unhappy – a murky sandy colour. We will add some oxygenating weeds to see if that helps, and in the winter we will do some tree thinning on the bank to increase the light levels getting to the pond.  

We gave the paths a thorough cut and dug out some of the mat of arch angel in the woodland area. 

 

Lower Fields Primary School

Friday 26th May, 2017

Well, we made good progress but didn’t quite get finished. Perhaps if we had started with a different style of decking screw our drills would have lasted the duration, and the task would have been easier. However, we had a full day getting all the stringers secured with metal brackets, the attaching the majority of the decking. We landscaped the approach to the bridge on one side and it is looking seamless.

It was a good decision to increase the width and have an open side – it looks inviting and will allow greater access for pond dipping (all we need is some rain to fill up the pond again!). But a word of warning – the black plastic gets hot in the sun. Short trousers not advised. 

Lower Fields Primary School

Friday 19th May, 2017
Fenby Avenue BD4

Reaching the other endReaching the other endThe frame work is nearly in place. All the posts are in. Some holes were easier than others to dig, impeded by both stones and by not being able to see through the mud. 

All the bearers are attached giving rigidity across the frame. 

We were relieved the rain held off. 

We will continue next Friday. 

 

 

Lower Fields Primary School

Thursday 18th May, 2017
Fenby Avenue BD4

Longer post for the hand railLonger post for the hand railPost day, with the help of our expert Lee.

At each stage we have to check and double check measurements and geometry so progress might seem slow, but none the less we are making progress. Over half the legs are in and we are starting to brace both across and lengthways. 

Easier working in tbe dry. 

Lower Fields Primary School, Fenby Avenue BD4

Wednesday 17th May, 2017

the first bearer in placethe first bearer in placePlaswood. Plimber.

We are getting to know this product; recycled plastic moulded into  posts and planks.

Terminology. Posts; the upright legs, tall on one side to support a hand rail, level with decking on the other so the pupils can pond dip. Bearers; the cross pieces attached to the legs. Stringers; the planks that run the length of the bridge. Decking; the planks that form the walkway.  

Lots of thinking today to make sure we created an accurate framework.

Working in a pond = mud. Working in a pond in the rain = very muddy...

Blossom day at Bowling Park Community Orchard

Friday 12th May, 2017
in the allotments on Bowling Park Drive

The blossom started very early this year – quite a few trees were in bloom when we were working on our Saturday session on April 15th, however we were pleased to see that there was still a lot of blossom out and the orchard was looking good. 

It’s the first time we have had blossom on Blossom Day since 2015. It’s a shame we didn’t manage to attract more visitors today, but for the regular volunteer group it was a successful day’s work. And with added sustenance of cakes and apple goodies. 

The vegetation has grown a lot in the last three weeks so the key tasks were mowing (especially the ground elder), cutting under the trees and mulching to suppress the weeds. We have plenty of straw to mulch with (they were the seats at Apple Day last year) but as we started the job we realised there was a bumble bees’ nest in the pile. Although we had already disturbed them, we re-covered the remaining bales and hope they stay put. 

During this summer we will be relocating and building new compost bins. We started the process of digging out the neglected brick compost area. It has a lot of good compost that we will feed the trees with once we have removed the weed roots.