Monthly Archives: April 2024

Freda and the Workers! Report

Firstly, Freda needs to be introduced. She is not a new volunteer but a resident of the Field whom we met during the work party on Saturday. Freda is rather magnificent and has clearly been enjoying the wet weather.

She stayed in one place long enough to have her picture taken before we left her in peace.

She is a reminder that there is a lot of wildlife living on the field which we may not see often. We all know about the wild flowers that we have worked hard to establish, and also the trees that we have planted, but we often forget about the birds, rodents, bats, insects, butterflies  …… and amphibians, that make a home on the field. Encouraging diversity is a primary aim of all our work and the work party was all about improving the environment for as many creatures as possible.

None of this work could be done without the support of our local heroes. It’s hard work, but strangely, everyone seems to really enjoy it! A few are included below:

Pat cutting back brambles encroaching on footpaths;

Sarah, disappearing cheerfully in her work;

 

and of course Lizzie Collinge (in Red as usual), who holds the record for the longest bramble – 5 metres.

Meanwhile Sybil, one of our most loyal volunteers, tackled the grass choking the young trees in Jean Argles Wood……..

and Richard had the unenviable job of clearing litter, (mostly from along Derwent Road where it seems to get thrown out of car windows – shameful). 

Andy and Neil look as if they took time off to have a whacky wheelbarrow race!………while in the new fruit orchard a new design was being installed to overcome the problems of water-logging and further increase plant diversity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great day’s work. Thanks to everyone involved.

Everyone knows that ‘a gardener’s work is never completed’….there’s always something else to be done. The Field is much the same, only more so. If there’s something that you would like to work on and there’s not a Work Day planned, then please feel free to get on with it, so long as you are confident you know what you are doing. If in doubt, please ask.  

Finally, do you known about the local charity 3R? They are based in a smart shop in Carnforth (on the main road near the Tesco supermarket) and their sole aim is to support small local charities and groups like us.  
As you can see, they generously gave us a cheque for £281 which has already been spent on the Work Day, including new trees. MANY THANKS TO THEM.

If you would like to know more about this splendid organisation, have a look at their website and social media on the following links: www.3rc.org.uk and the 3R Facebook / Instagram pages.

 

 

 

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2024 New Job Opportunities on the Field!

Yes, we know 2024 already seems quite ‘old’ and Yes, it seems to have done nothing but rain for the past 3 months, but never mind……..

……..here’s your first  opportunity to get out on the Field volunteering in 2024!

The re-arranged date for the work party is Saturday 27 April at 1300. Just turn up near the memorial stone on Derwent Road.

Jobs to do include:

  • Pulling up vegetation from around the trees in Jean Argles wood. That’s a BIG job! Our new wood is coming along fine – lots of new leaves now…. but it would be even better if we can reduce the thick grass around the trees.
  • Clearing grass from around the apple trees in the orchard.
  • Clearing ivy from around the willow copse. (A satisfying job for anyone with too much energy!)
  • Cutting back brambles from the woodland walk.
  • Cleaning up the benches. 

Also possibly litter picking at the edge of Derwent road – this one is probably best for adults only.

Please bring your own gloves and appropriate tools e.g shears, rakes if possible. 

Also please bring lots of Energy!

There’s lots to do – see you there! 

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