Work Party Dates for 2014-15

Date Date Location
12/10/2014 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
23/10/2014 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
02/11/2014 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
13/11/2014 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
23/11/2014 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
04/12/2014 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
14/12/2014 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
08/01/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
18/01/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
29/01/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
08/02/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
19/02/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Hedgerow
01/03/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm Down Grange Meadow
12/03/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm The Old Orchard
22/03/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Hedgerow
09/04/2015 Thu 14.00pm – 16.00pm Down Grange Meadow
19/04/2015 Sun 10.00am – 12.00pm The Old Orchard
Meeting Points
Homesteads Road interpretation board Down Grange Meadow
Kendal Gardens The Old Orchard
Footpath between Coniston Road and Down Grange (Behind 77-155 Coniston Road) The Old Hedgerow

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Spring 2014 Update

The Meadow -Flash news!

At the end of April and beginning of May a cuckoo has been heard calling in Down Grange Meadow several times, for the first time (certainly since 2006). Regrettably  our ornithology expert  did not hear a reply….  so  it may not stop but  search on.

The Orchard

What a wonderful blossom Spring this is proving to be! Lets hope that this translates into a  good fruit year.

As we  finished the Spring working season we  just about finished the mini-dead hedges we  have been creating over last few months. What i the idea?

Early on in our plans for the Orchard we had a  natural break point between the kick-about grass area and the beginning of the Community Orchard proper by the oak trees. This was never  very  clearly  indicated but  a few years ago  we asked some of the local youngsters to plant some  shrubs along that line – 5 years later some of them have done very well – others have been slower  to  grow. What was needed was  a  support frame to enable them to be  encouraged to form a hedegrow –  so we created the  narrow dead hedging you can see, tied the scramblers to it and  ‘layed’ the hazels along it. In time this will then become a ‘live hedgerow’  instead of the ‘dead’ one.

Further into the Orchard area there is another small arc of dead hedging which has been treated in the same way and again , in time , will form a live hedge. neither of these features is intended to grow more than  four feet high but should present the  birds and insects with  flowers and berries during the year.

 

 

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Categories: Miscellaneous

2013 – 14 Work Party Dates

Here are the  work party dates for this season.

Additional  participants always welcome,  just bring you own  gardening gloves if you wish to do so.

For  Down Grange Meadow we meet at the Homesteads Rd entrance to Down Grange Park where you can park, for the Hedgerow you will find us on the pathway behind  Coniston Road – usually  by  No. 155 Coniston Rd. –  and  for The Orchard  you will find us by parking in Derwent Road and walking into the green space opposite the  Kendal Gardens apartments.

On Sundays we meet at 10.00am until about 12.30pm and on Thursdays we meet at 2.00pm  until  4.00pm

                                    Date

Day

Venue

13/10/2013

Sun

Meadow

24/10/2013

Thu

Orchard

03/11/2013

Sun

Hedgerow

14/11/2013

Thu

Meadow

24/11/2013

Sun

Orchard

05/12/2013

Thu

Hedgerow

15/12/2013

Sun

Meadow

09/01/2014

Thu

Orchard

19/01/2014

Sun

Hedgerow

30/01/2014

Thu

Meadow

09/02/2014

Sun

Orchard

20/02/2014

Thu

Hedgerow

02/03/2014

Sun

Meadow

13/03/2014

Thu

Orchard

23/03/2014

Sun

Hedgerow

03/04/2014

Thu

Meadow

13/04/2014

Sun

Orchard

Categories: Work Parties