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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