Nature Group

We are a group of residents who are interested in making Derwenthorpe a great place for nature to live, as well as for people.  We are doing this in practical ways, working with and supported by JRHT landscaping staff and St Nicks.  So far, we have made some improvements along the cycle path by planting wildflower plant plugs and sowing wildflower seeds, along with some lopping and pruning, using the brash to build habit piles.  Our local children have helped us build a rather splendid bug hotel in the KidZone.  We have also helped scythe the sheep field and mulch some of our beautiful trees, along with underplanting the small wooded area between the jubilee pond and Lotherington Mews with 1000 each of bluebell and wood anemone bulbs.

There are many opportunities in this lovely place we call “home” for us to develop and improve the natural informal green spaces in a sensitive way, that will ensure our natural environment is conserved, maintained and improved.  The support and interest from JRHT is vital, and we work and meet with their staff, to discuss how we can develop our ideas.

If you want to get involved, or have any ideas to share on how we can help nature flourish in Derwenthorpe, please email naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

Updates:

Landscape walkarounds

During September and October, Dan Booth (Parks and Landscapes Manager, JRHT) and his team will be holding a series of walkarounds around the community.    The purpose of these walkarounds is to provide residents with the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns about landscaping directly with Dan and his team. As well as the opportunity for residents to share ideas about the future of landscaping within Derwenthorpe.   […]

Pizza night

JRHT want to know what you think of your local landscape to help come up with a plan to enhance and improve it for many years tocome. Pop down for some free pizza… Tuesday 14th September 6-7pmOutside the SSC Building. …and share your thoughts with them. They’re developing a landscape management plan, at the request […]

Even more hay making

Join us on Wednesday 8th September, anytime from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm on St Aelreds meadow for another session of scything and raking. No experience is needed and everyone is welcome. Contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk if you want any more information about this, or anything else to do with the nature group.

More haymaking!

There will be another opportunity to help make hay on St Aelreds Meadow on Saturday 28th August from 9.30 am until 12.30 pm. As always, come along for as little or as long as you want, or just to say “hallo”. No experience needed, and everyone of all ages is very welcome. Contact Wendy at […]

Make hay while the sun shines!

Do you want to help make hay? And hopefully enjoy some sunshine! Then pop along to St Aelreds Meadow (formerly known as “the sheep field” on St Aelreds Mews on Tuesday 17th August when staff and volunteers from St Nicks along with JRHT gardening staff will be mowing, and would love some help from us […]

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