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We’ll be out again at the end of the month, volunteering with the JRHT gardening team and St Nicks. On Wednesday 29th June we’ll be helping Tony tidy up some of the LAPs. On Thursday 30th June we’ll be busy mulching some of our beautiful trees with Adam. And on Friday 1st July we’ll be working with Maria from St Nicks around the estate. As usual the sessions start at 10.30 am, meeting at the energy centre, and they finish by 1.30 pm at the latest. You can pop along at any time – there’ll be a phone number in the window of the energy centre to ring to find out where the group is. You can stay for as long or as little time you can spare, and drop into as many or as few sessions as you want – just half an hour can make a difference. Or just stop by to say hallo! Bring appropriate tools, though JRHT and St Nicks will have spares to lend, and please wear suitable footwear and gloves. For more information on this or about the nature group in general, contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

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Nature group sessions

Spring is here! And we’re going to be busy on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st March, and Friday 1st April. On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll probably be helping with mass mulching of borders, starting on Rowntree. On Friday, St Nicks will lead plug planting of wild flowers around the estate. We meet at 10.00 am at the energy centre, and the sessions finish between noon and 1.00 pm, depending on how we get on. Everyone is welcome – no special skills are required, just enthusiasm. And please don’t feel you have to come for the whole or all the sessions – just half an hour can really make a difference. If you come along later, phone the number in the window of the energy centre so you can catch up with us. Spades, rakes and wheelbarrows will be useful for mulching, and hand tools and kneelers for plug planting – bring what you can, but JRHT and St Nicks will have some spares. Please wear gardening gloves and suitable footwear. For more information on these sessions or about the nature group in general contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Snowdrops and willow

The nature group had a busy week last week! On Wednesday 23rd February we helped the JRHT gardening team plant 7000 of 10000 snowdrops in the green on crescent park and around the oak tree on the LAP on Seebohm. They’ll surely look wonderful next winter. Then on Thursday some of us helped to coppice the willows around the swales on Stephenson. And what did we do on Friday? We tried our hand at willow weaving using the willow collected from the day before, in the energy centre where Adam gave us some basic instruction, helped by Tony both from the gardening team. It was fun but think maybe we all need some more practice!

For information on the nature group, contact naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Cycle path – scrub clearance by St Nicks

Over the next few weeks, St Nicks is organising some scrub clearance along the cycle path between Derwenthorpe and James Street. This is the beginning of a project to clear areas to improve bio-diversity and make space for wild flowers. Sessions are planned for Monday 21st February and Monday 28th February, from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm. St Nicks are working in co-operation with SUSTRANS who manage this section of the cycle path. All Derwenthorpe residents are welcome to join in with this activity, and help improve our lovely green pathway into town. Contact Maria Gill by emailing maria@stnicks.org.uk or phoning 07912432826 for more information. For more information about St Nicks, the nature reserve on our doorstep, visit the website.

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Fruit tree pruning workshops

The community gardening and nature groups have organised a couple of workshops run by Edible York to learn how to prune fruit trees. They will be on Sunday 27th February and Monday 28th February, starting at 10.30 am and expected to last for about two hours. If you’re interested, please contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk saying which one you’re interested in. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. No prior knowledge is needed. Bring secateurs, and a small pruning saw if you have one.

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Nature group work sessions

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday 23rd, Thursday 24th and Friday 25th February, starting at 10.00 am until we get tired and hungry which is usually between noon and 1.00 pm. The plan is to help the JRHT gardening team sow wild flower seeds on the central square area, plant snowdrop bulbs around the estate, and do a little hedge management. This may change, depending on the weather, availability of bulbs etc. You’re invited to come along for as long, as little, as often as you like, and everyone is very welcome. We meet at the energy centre, but if you join later just phone the number that will be in a window to find out where we are. Please bring hand tools and secateurs if you can, though the gardening team usually bring spares, and wear gardening gloves and appropriate footwear. For more information on these sessions, or anything else you might like to know about the nature group, contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Nature group work sessions

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, meeting outside the energy centre. This time we’ll be helping the gardening team with planting potted bamboo plants to help screen the blue compound fence around what will be the central square area. You’re invited to join in for as long or as little as you want, and everyone is very welcome. If you come along later and in the unlikely event you can’t find us, please phone the number on the poster that will be in the window of the energy centre. Bring a spade if you have one – if you don’t have, can’t borrow one, but want to help, let me know and we’ll sort something out. Please wear appropriate footwear, maybe wellies if you have them.

For more information about this, or the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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Nature group work sessions

Our next sessions will be on Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th November, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday we’ll be helping to replant the sensory garden on the oak tree LAP. On Friday we’ll be sowing wildflower seeds around the estate. Staff from St Nicks will be coming along to help us, Adam and the JRHT gardening team. We meet at the energy centre at 10.00 am, or pop along later if you can’t make that time. Everyone is welcome to come along for as little, as long, as often as you want ~ every little helps! Hand trowels and forks, and small forks and spade will be useful if you have them, and please wear gloves.

For more information about this, or about the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorp.co.uk


 

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Nature group work sessions

We’ll be out and about again with the JRHT gardening team on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th October, from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, meeting at the energy centre. This time we’ll be helping with some more nature-based tasks. On Wednesday, we’ll be mulching some of our lovely trees on Stephenson and Lotherington. We’ll be helping with and learning about hedge management for wildlife along the hedge on St Aelreds Mews on Seebohm on Thursday. And on Friday, we’ll be helping with the management of the buddleia around Lotherington pond, which is important for butterflies and moths. If you have secateurs, loppers, and hand trowels and forks, then bring them along, though the gardening team will have some spares. Wear gloves, and a kneeler might be useful.

Everyone is welcome! Drop in for as long, as little, as often as you want. You’ll find a phone number in the window of the energy centre ~ if you come along later and can’t find us, just phone. Or for any more information about this or the nature group in general, please contact Wendy by emailing naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk