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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
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Tree planting to help butterflies

Have you noticed 20 green tubes with stakes on beck field? They contain Ulmus Ademez (elm) saplings. They have been supplied by JRHT, and the nature group helped the gardening team to plant them on Friday 26 February 2021. These are disease resistant elm trees, and are particularly important to the white-letter hairstreak butterfly which breeds in elm trees and has been badly affected by the loss of elm trees to Dutch elm disease. For information about the nature group, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

This post was edited to correct the date: it was February, not March.

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Nature Group Work Sessions

This coming week we have the opportunity to help birds, bats and insects, and to plant some trees!  This is the programme ~

  • 9.00 am til noon Wednesday 24 February- bird, bat and log pile installation.  You can join in that morning, or take away a box to put up at your leisure.
  • 9.00 am til noon Thursday 25 February- mass removal of expired plant protection products around all phases and formative pruning.  This can also be carried on afterwards independently at our leisure.
  • 9.00 am til noon Friday 26 February- tree planting, 20 Elm, 3 large cherry, 3 plum.

Meet at the energy centre.  Tools such as secateurs, spade, small trug or bucket, gloves and wellies will help, but the gardening team will have spare tools.
Adam and the gardening team will be there to help and give guidance on all aspects of this work – the best trees to put up boxes; the best places to build habitat piles; how and where to plant the trees (mainly on the beck field).  So even if you can’t spare the time to get on with it that day, please come along to pick up a box and find the best locations.  You don’t have to stay for the whole session – just drop in and give what time you can spare.  And of course, we’ll all have to be aware of social distancing. For more information contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Nature Group Meeting

We’re having a virtual meeting on Wednesday 3 March at 6.30 pm.  This will be informal, and we’ll be chatting over ideas of how we can help make Derwenthorpe a better place for nature – now and in the future when circumstances allow.  If you would like to join in, or want more information, then please contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk