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:

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 […]

Nature Group Work Sessions

Come and join us on our next group of work sessions with the JRHT gardening team. Everyone is welcome. This is the programme ~ 9.00 am until noon Monday 29 March ~ help to rejuvenate our LAPs (local areas of play). 9.00 am until noon Wednesday 31 March ~ lots of planting! 9.00 am until […]

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 We’ve also removed over 1200 […]

Tree planting to help butterflies

Have you noticed 20 green tubes with stakes on beck field? They contain Ulmus Ademez (elm) saplings. They have been supplied by JRHT, and the nature group helped the gardening team to plant them on Friday 26 February 2021. These are disease resistant elm trees, and are particularly important to the white-letter hairstreak butterfly which […]

Nature Group Work Sessions

This coming week we have the opportunity to help birds, bats and insects, and to plant some trees!  This is the programme ~ 9.00 am til noon Wednesday 24 February- bird, bat and log pile installation.  You can join in that morning, or take away a box to put up at your leisure. 9.00 am til […]

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