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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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A New Seat for Spring?

Spring is round the corner – allegedly. Well at least the monsoon season seems to have let up, at least for a few days!

While everyone has been hiding out of the rain, you will be pleased to hear that your Committee has not been idle, so.……..we are now in a position to build a stone bench next to the memorial garden adjacent to Derwent Road.

This will allow people to sit and admire our splendid view over  Lancaster castle and Morecambe Bay, have a quiet moment at the memorial garden,…….. or just sit and wait for the bus.

We have a specification agreed with the City Council and have a local contractor lined up. The plan is for work to start in spring/early summer – rain permitting!

 In addition to the stone bench there will be 2 time capsules buried underneath the structure. One from Christchurch and one from the Gregson Community Centre. These two organisations will decide on the content of their time capsules and will participate in the actual burial of them. The 2 new time capsules will join the existing time capsules from 4 local schools already in place under existing seating.

If you are venturing onto the field (in wellies?), have a look at the  woodland area for signs of new growth. Woodland likes rain much more than drought, so hopefully it should put on lots of growth this year. Wildflowers should also be showing themselves if you look carefully. We’ve planted enough over the past few years!

More news before too long. Keep in touch.

 

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Our own GIS map!

Following a meeting today, the Council have agreed to develop a GIS plan of the Field. The idea is to keep a record of what we have now (using 2023 as the Baseline), and how things change over time. It will be updated annually following a review.

The map will be used to assist the maintenance and management of the Field. It will also be a very useful educational tool. 

It will be as simple as possible but will also keep records of key details like the species of wild flowers/trees present, with photographs. (We always welcome good photographs – a particularly fine orchid perhaps, or a shot showing how the wood is growing. Please keep on sending us your pictures!)

All being well, a first draft of our new map will be available by the end of February for our comments. We are considering holding an event to publicise the project. 

A simple version of the map will appear on this website and on Facebook. The Council have also offered technical help with this, so with any luck it will actually happen!

Watch this space

 

 

 

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