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Developing a landscape strategy

Developing a landscaping strategy for Derwenthorpe

This summer will see the start of community research to help develop a vision for the sustainable long term future management of all of the outdoor spaces at Derwenthorpe. Abbie and Roger will be attending events and talking to residents to help gain a better understanding of the things that people like about the Derwenthorpe landscape, the things they don’t like and their ideas for the future. 

Abbie said:

“This will be an important first step towards developing a comprehensive plan together and we hope to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds.”

People will be encouraged to chat, draw pictures, write thoughts down, take photos, video clips, etc. so please do stop and chat to them if you see them out and about. 

JRHT are working with the Derwenthorpe Governance Group (DGG) and Derwenthorpe Nature Group (DNG) to develop the landscape strategy. You can contact us with your thoughts or to express interest in participating via the following channels:

By email: DLS@jrht.org.uk or dgg.chair@derwenthorpe.co.uk (Chair of the Derwenthorpe Governing Group)

JRHT Facebook: www.facebook.com/Derwenthorpe/

Derwenthorpe Residents Association Facebook: www.facebook.com/DerwenthorpeResidentsAssociation

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Nature Group work sessions

We’ll be back out and about on Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th July, if you want to join us for some light weeding, clipping, snipping and chatting. Everyone is welcome! Meet at the energy centre at 9.00 am if you can, or later if you can’t – my phone number will be displayed in the window so just ring me to find out where we are. The sessions finish at noon, but you can drop in for as little or as long as you like. Please bring normal gardening tools and gloves plus secateurs, shears or loppers will be useful if you have them; and we still have to observe social distancing. For more information contact me at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

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Great British Spring Clean

Thank you to everyone who joined our community litter pick on Tuesday 1June. Fourteen residents came along, helped by David our caretaker and Sally another JRHT member of staff. Thanks also to the City of York Council for lending us litter pickers and supplying bags. And not forgetting the other residents who regularly litter pick independently, and help keep our estate clean and tidy.

Before we filled our bags!
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Nature Group work sessions

We’ll be out and about again in our new blue hi-vis jackets on Wednesday 2nd June and Thursday 3rd June, 9.00 am until noon. Meet outside the energy centre at 9.00 am, but if you want to pop along later you’ll find my phone number in a window, so you can track us down. You don’t have to start at the beginning or stay until the end. Everyone is welcome. We’re not sure exactly what we’ll be doing yet, but it won’t be anything too energetic! If you want to join us please contact me just before so I can let you know what garden tools you’ll need, such as shears, hoes, hand forks, trowels, secateurs. We’ll be working without Adam and his team this time, so there won’t be any spare tools. Please wear gloves and observe social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

A few photos to show you what we we got up to last time ~

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Great British spring clean

A date for your diary – Tuesday 1 June. As part of the Keep Britain Tidy campaign and their Great British spring clean, come along and join a community litter pick. Meet at the energy centre at 10.00 am. Litter pickers, including some child-sized ones, and bags will be provided, but please wear gloves. Many of us are already doing litter picking, so this would also be a great opportunity to find out who we all are! Everyone is welcome, including children accompanied by adults. For more information contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

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Nature Group Work Sessions

Spring is here so come and join us on our next sessions with the JRHT gardening team. Everyone is welcome. This is the programme ~

9.00 am until noon Tuesday 4 May ~ more work to rejuvenate some of our LAPs (local areas of play).

9.00 am until noon Wednesday 5 May ~ formative pruning of trees.

9.00 am until noon Thursday 6 May ~ tidying up some borders and beds.

Meet outside the energy centre, but if you want to come along later phone me to find out where we are – my phone number will be displayed in a window of the energy centre. Drop in for as long or as little as you want, come to as many or as few sessions as you want, or just pop by to say “hallo”! Adam and the gardening team will be there to guide and help us. Bring a selection of whatever ordinary garden tools you can manage (spade, fork, hoe, hand trowel and fork, secateurs) although the gardening team will have some spare equipment. A kneeler may be useful, and please wear gloves and observe social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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LAPs, borders and beds

As you may know, JRHT now have responsibility for all the landscaping on Derwenthorpe.  The handover from David Wilson Homes (DWH) didn’t happen quite as planned, nor was the quality of landscaping as expected.  This was due to several reasons, but mainly the Covid-19 situation which also led to most of the Land Plan staff (working on behalf of DWH) being furloughed during 2020 so very little work was done.  Our JRHT gardening team are very busy catching up on all the outstanding landscape maintenance.  Many residents have shown interest in lending a hand.  You may live near a Local Area of Play (LAP), border or bed that you think would benefit from some immediate care and attention, and be able to help by offering to do this in the short term.  Any time we give will help the gardening team by freeing their time to take on bigger tasks, and we can all benefit by seeing improvements to our landscaping more quickly.  The gardening team will be able to offer advice, and supply mulch, compost and even plants, if necessary.  So if you want to help, then please contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

One of our Local Areas of Play (LAPs)
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LAPs and wildflowers

The nature group has been busy again. Last week we helped the JRHT gardening team tidy up the two LAPs on Lotherington, including weeding, pruning and planting. You may have noticed some long narrow trenches circling the perimeter of the beck field. We worked with the gardening team to lift the turf so we could sow a meadow mix of wildflower seeds. As long as the birds don’t snack on the seeds, they should start germinating in the next few weeks and we’ll see some wildflowers. For more information about the group and what we do, please contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk Everyone is welcome to join us.

Looking after the LAPs and making space for wildflowers

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Nature Group Work Sessions

Come and join us on our next group of work sessions with the JRHT gardening team. Everyone is welcome. This is the programme ~

  • 9.00 am until noon Monday 29 March ~ help to rejuvenate our LAPs (local areas of play).
  • 9.00 am until noon Wednesday 31 March ~ lots of planting!
  • 9.00 am until noon Thursday 1 April ~ mulching, formative pruning, removing any remaining rabbitguards.

Meet outside the energy centre, but if you come along later phone me to find out where we are – my phone number will be displayed in a window of the energy centre. Drop in for as long as you can – you don’t have to stay for the whole session, you don’t have to be there at the start, and you don’t have to stay till the end. Come to as many sessions as you want. Come along just to say “hallo”! Adam and the gardening team will be there to guide and help us. Bring a selection of whatever ordinary garden tools you can manage (space, fork, hand trowel and fork, secateurs) although the gardening team will have some spare equipment, and a kneeler may be useful. Please wear gloves, and be aware of social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Birds, bats and bugs

The nature group has been busy! With the help of the JRHT gardening team, we’ve been putting up bird nesting boxes, bat roosting boxes and building habitat piles for all sorts of insects. If you want to get involved in any of our future ventures, contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

Building habitat piles
Putting up boxes

We’ve also removed over 1200 rabbit guards, those pesky plastic tubes which protect young hedging from hungry rabbits, but need to come off as the plants grow.

Removing rabbit guards