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 email@example.com Everyone is welcome to join us.
We’ve put up a new page linking to planning consents at derwenthorpe.co.uk/planning. You can also find it under the “about” menu. You can find plans for Phase 5 there, and all parts of Derwenthorpe. And the new Burnholme plans, too: they’re not part of Derwenthorpe, but there on our doorstep.
You can see how the plans have changed over time, too. For example Lotherington Lake has changed shape. And Holly Close moved.
Find your house plans.
You can see the plans for your house, too. Find the right quarter, and find the right site plan. It will label your house with something like B1 or D2. Then you can find the plans and elevations for your house. Some two bedroom houses include plans for an extra room in the loft: which might save architects fees, if that’s something you’re considering. Do check with the council: but you might not need planning permission to use those plans.
Phase 5 plans.
JRHT are finalising contract details with a builder for phase 5, and residents’ representatives are working with JRHT to ensure that residents have a way to deal with any issues that might arise. Of course, there will be additional traffic, and other disruption, but we want to keep that to a minimum.
Contrary to recent rumours, JRHT aren’t considering any other plans.
* Not a Paul Simon lyric, apparently!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This post was edited to correct the date: it was February, not March.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Nature Group
It’s not our doing, but we thought you’d like to know what’s happening with the hedge in Meadlands Mews, and why. Dan Booth, JRHT Parks and Landscapes Manager, has told us that the hedge is being laid as it…
“…had become overgrown and not particularly healthy with lots of dead wood. Laying the hedge helps to restore the form of the hedge and encourages new growth from the base to thicken it up lower down. Overgrown hedges tend to be very thin at the base making them an ineffective boundary and also less useful as a habitat for small mammals and invertebrates.
In addition to the benefits to nature, the laying of this particular hedge also improves the outlook of the residents on Meadlands Mews who were keen to get the hedge back under control and in a more aesthetically pleasing state.
Once the laying is completed new hedge plants will be added to fill in any gaps and new trees will be planted at 10m (approx.) intervals along the hedge line to break up the view across the adjacent field and add valuable habitat and height in the wider landscape.
The restored hedge will eventually be maintained on a three year cycle to maximise the benefits to wildlife. During the laying work our contractor, Don, found that this hedge had in fact been laid in the past so this is not the first time it has been laid and will probably not be the last.”
It’s beginning to look really good! For information about the nature group or our communal green spaces, please contact Wendy at email@example.com.
Our next meetings of DPAC and DGG are on Zoom this Wednesday Feb 10 from 6:30pm. Papers, and joining instructions are at derwenthorpe.co.uk/dgg
Among other things, we’ll be hearing about plans for phase 5 development. Join us to find out more!
Given the 3rd Lockdown the craft group are planning a small scale collective textile project: “Lockdown at Derwenthorpe”. This is likely to be a smallish scale wall hanging.
Residents are invited to make a six inch square with words or image(s) that represent lockdown at Derwenthorpe to them, made with fabric sewn, hand stitched, knitted, appliquéd or stuck on to plain material. Some of the craft group will do appliqued letters, and those of us with quilting skills will put together the completed squares and letters into a hanging, with the direction of those artistically skilled in layout and colour combinations. Packs containing a background material square and a selection of material scraps, are available for those who haven’t suitable stuff in their stash.
If you would like to get involved in this project (please indicate if you would like either a pack of materials or guidelines) or to the join the Craft Group, please contact us by email via firstname.lastname@example.org.