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


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 […]

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. […]

Landscape strategy

Roger Newton will be at the energy centre at 2.30 pm on Friday 8th October, if anyone wants to meet him and take the opportunity to share your ideas on the proposed landscape strategy. Please email him via if you’re planning to go.

Your last chance to help make hay

On Friday 1st October it’ll be the last chance to help make hay on St Aelreds meadow. All the grass is cut now, but there’s still some raking to do. Staff and volunteers from St Nicks will be there from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, and would welcome our help. So if you can spare […]

Nature group news – newt sighting

Thanks to one of our residents, Radu Chirvasuta, who has spotted and photographed a very handsome newt on Holly Close. We’ve checked with Froglife, who have identified it as a Smooth Newt and have also recorded the sighting. Please let us know at if you spot any others on Derwenthorpe, and send a photo […]


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