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Landscape walkarounds

During September and October, Dan Booth (Parks and Landscapes Manager, JRHT) and his team will be holding a series of walkarounds around the community.   

The purpose of these walkarounds is to provide residents with the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns about landscaping directly with Dan and his team. As well as the opportunity for residents to share ideas about the future of landscaping within Derwenthorpe.  

Each week, the walkaround will focus on a particular area within the community, all starting at 1.00 pm from the energy centre, except Rowntree starting the substation on Meadlands Mews. It is anticipated the walkabouts will take no longer than one hour.

16 September ~ Lotherington, including Lotherington Avenue, Lotherington Mews and Temple Avenue

30th September ~ Seebohm, including St Aelreds Mews, Seebohm Mews, Derwent Way and Derwent Place

7th October ~ Rowntree, including Holly Close, Meadlands Mews and Pearson Place

14th October ~ Stephenson, including Derwent Mews and Derwent Way

Residents are encouraged to come along.   If you have any questions about the walkabouts, please contact Dan Booth at 

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Pizza night

JRHT want to know what you think of your local landscape to help come up with a plan to enhance and improve it for many years to

Pop down for some free pizza…

Tuesday 14th September 6-7pm
Outside the SSC Building.

…and share your thoughts with them.

They’re developing a landscape management plan, at the request of your elected members of DGG

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Even more hay making

Join us on Wednesday 8th September, anytime from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm on St Aelreds meadow for another session of scything and raking. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome. Contact Wendy at if you want any more information about this, or anything else to do with the nature group.

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More haymaking!

There will be another opportunity to help make hay on St Aelreds Meadow on Saturday 28th August from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm. As always, come along for as little or as long as you want, or just to say “hallo”. No experience needed, and everyone of all ages is very welcome. Contact Wendy at if you want anymore information, otherwise just turn up.

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Make hay while the sun shines!

Do you want to help make hay? And hopefully enjoy some sunshine! Then pop along to St Aelreds Meadow (formerly known as “the sheep field” on St Aelreds Mews on Tuesday 17th August when staff and volunteers from St Nicks along with JRHT gardening staff will be mowing, and would love some help from us to do some raking. No special skills are required, just some energy and enthusiasm. They’ll be working from 9.30 am until 3.30 pm, but as always you can just pop along for as long as you’re able even if it’s only half an hour, or just stop by to say “hallo”. For more information contact Wendy at

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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: or (Chair of the Derwenthorpe Governing Group)

JRHT Facebook:

Derwenthorpe Residents Association Facebook:

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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

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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

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


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