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Nature Group News

We’ve got news about two new paths, and about maintenance of the public green space.

Guerrilla gardening

Many of you have started to adopt communal green spaces, planting and maintaining them. This is great, and JRHT gardening team are very happy to be supported, and also want to support us.  But they need to know who’s doing what! So if you’re already doing so, or thinking of looking after a green space near you anytime in the future, please contact Wendy (see below). Also, if you’re considering planting anything that’s perhaps a bit unusual or may need a bit of space, our gardeners are keen to advise and make sure it’s suitable and fits in with everything else around it.  So please get in touch any time by emailing Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk.

New Link Path

The new link path between Stephenson and Seebohm quarters is now in place. It connects the two sections of Derwent Way, from the Western end of St Aelred’s Way. The nature group has been happy to liaise with JRHT through the gardening team, about your safety concerns and their plans to address them. Two stainless steel bollards have already been installed, which will stop vehicle use and alert cyclists and pedestrians that they are crossing the Foss Islands cycle path, a main route. 

The area either side has has been cleared, top soil put down, and will be grass seeded. The temporary barriers, whilst not looking very pretty, are to stop people walking, cycling and driving over it, until large boulders are placed in the appropriate places.  JRHT are monitoring it, and assure us that they will add further measures if necessary. For more information on this or any other gardening or landscaping issues, contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk

Derwent Way Link Path

Path of desire

We’ve been working with the gardening team about a path of desire that has been made over the years, across the Foss Islands path from St Aelred’s Way on Seebohm to Derwent Mews on Stephenson quarter towards Metcalfe Lane end. This has now been established, and looks much better than the muddy mess it was! This is a bonus for us: the path above was always planned, but this one is in addition to the planned paths! For more information on this or any other landscaping or gardening issues, contact Wendy at naturegroup@derwenthorpe.co.uk