May and October 2016 Working Parties
Members pruned the apple orchard & willows & cleared scrub to prevent the field and paths from becoming overgrown.
Litter was cleared and rubbish dumped.
More than 400 daffodil bulbs were planted, primarily alongside Derwent Rd.
Wild flower seeds were sown in two areas at the top of the main pathway.
Saplings (including “Colin” the conker tree!) were planted.
Several surveys have taken place to assess and record field usage. Dog walkers, children exploring and pedestrians passing through, all feature as regular users of the Field.
Nov 2016 – The Gregson Bonfire
As well as the bonfire we had a spectacular firework display.
As part of ‘Light Up Lancaster’, we also had a taste of Las Fallas de Valencia Festival with magnificent music from the Banda LaPeris Llapisera and traditional burning of a Falla sculpture.
Dec 2016 Lancaster Green Spaces
We were very pleased to be successful in our application for Local Green Space Designation.
This provides additional protection for the Field which will in future be regarded as a green space for local planning purposes.
Jan 2017 Burnt out car
On a less cheerful note we had an abandoned, burnt out car on the Field. We liaised with the council to remove it.
March 2017 Working Party
We cleared rubbish & spread wood chips to improve the access of pathways alongside the stream.
April 2017 Erection of Safety Barrier
We informed the council of the public safety danger of a 3 metre open drop at the top of the field where the stream emerges from under Derwent Rd.
As a result the council erected a safety barrier.
We liaised with the Council to ensure the Japanese Knotweed, which had probably escaped from a garden, was sprayed in October and early summer. This was how it looked in April this year (see below). We hope eventually to be rid of this problem.
Thanks to all the local volunteers who contributed to all these events and activities in 2016 and early 2017!