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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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ARM tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.

Our next ARM is tomorrow evening. Among other things, we’ll be talking about the heat price review which happened last week. And we’ll be talking about Ukraine, too.

Details, as usual, at derwenthorpe.co.uk/arms

The meeting will be on Zoom again – check the web page for the link. The meeting will be recorded to help the minute taker, but the recording will not be made available for viewing.

We’re doing this online mainly because the Energy Centre room was unavailable, but also have you seen the COVID case rates going through the roof again? Of course, it doesn’t seem to be as dangerous these days – if you’re properly vaccinated and if you’ve no particular vulnerability  – but there’s a lot of it about!

Minutes of the last meeting are available on the web site, and we’ll post some additional papers before the meeting.

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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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House guide additions

Ever wondered how those timers work on your cooker hob, how to turn off your fridge, how to unclog your dishwasher?

We’ve added user manuals, and spare parts sources, to our house guide.

https://derwenthorpe.co.uk/house-guide/

Hey, in the original guide, we even have a user manual for your toilet!

These guides are all for appliances supplied with my house (on Lotherington Mews). If you have different appliances in your house or flat, please let us know, and we’ll update the page!

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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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DPAC + DGG meetings.

DPAC and DGG meet tomorrow (Wednesday on Zoom). Papers, and a Zoom meeting link can be found on the DGG page: derwenthorpe.co.uk/dgg

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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