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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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Internet outage may result in postponed ARM tonight.

Currently, Internet access is unavailable for half of Derwenthorpe. As a result, we may have to postpone tonight’s ARM.

Check the web site closer to the time of the meeting, we’ll make the decision at about 7pm. https://derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms/

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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 naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

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

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Petition against use of Central Square for phase 5

Following the recent leaflet from JRHT about planned construction work, the Derwenthorpe Residents Association has had quite a lot of feedback from people in the community who are extremely concerned about the use of the Central Square area as a compound during the development of Phase 5.

We think it’s very important that JRHT understand the strength of feeling in the community about this and so the DRA have started a petition with the wording:

“We oppose the proposed plans by the firm building Phase 5, having access to use the Central Area Compound. We want to see the Central Area raising of road levels, and the creation of a New Central Area completed as a priority.”

Volunteers are going door-to-door to collect signatures and so you should hear from them in the next week.

If you’d like to get involved in collecting signatures please email abcd@derwenthorpe.co.uk

We’d also like to hear any other feedback you have on JRHT’s leaflet, feel free to leave a comment or drop us an email

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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 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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Photo Competition

Enter our first ever photographic competition, using your phone or camera to take pictures of any aspect of life in Derwenthorpe – indoors, outdoors, action, nature, architecture, weather etc. Get creative.

There are three age groups:-

  • child (up to 12 years)
  • teen (13 – 18 years)
  • adult (19+ years)

Prizes will be available in each age group.

Submit up to 3 photos, maximum size 5Mb per photo to photocomp@derwenthorpe.co.uk  You can enter at any time up to Friday 30 April. Please give your name and age group and a title for each photo. 

Entries will be posted on the DRA website so if any of your images include people, make sure you have their consent before submitting.

We hope you enjoy taking your photos and wish you good luck in the competition.

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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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Meadlands Mews hedgerows

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 naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

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JRHT Zoom conversations

JRHT are running a couple of Zoom events for residents, in Derwenthorpe and elsewhere. Please do register, and join in to make it your conversation. We will be. Hope to see you there! Note that the two events will be similar, so there’s no need to attend both.

“We want to hear your stories from during the pandemic and the series of lockdowns. What or who has helped you and your community? What support would be helpful in the future? What were the good times which lifted your spirits? What was the act of kindness that made you feel better? During the pandemic, you may have discovered a new love for gardening or had a little more time to enjoy & explore your local area.We would like to hear from you about how you think JRHT has performed during the pandemic? Did we meet your expectations and what else can JRHT do in the future?”

Saturday 12 Dec 2020 10:00-11:30
Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 12:30-14:00

Read more on JRHT’s Facebook page, but if you want to attend, use the registration buttons above to register on Zoom.