On Friday 13 April we spent time at Primrose Wood in Pocklington litter picking. The primroses are in full bloom and there are lots of purple and white violets flowering. The birds were singing like mad - a pleasant morning only spoilt by the fact that so many people don't seem to respect this little wood. Three heavy bags of litter were collected - countless dog poo bags thrown into the undergrowth - why people do this I will never understand. The bags do not rot and are a disgusting eyesore. Lots of sweet wrappers, crisp packets and cans and plastic bottles of high energy drinks. Drug taking paraphernalia in two different places in the wood. Clearly favourite spots for the Pocklington druggies. ... See MoreSee Less
On Friday morning 23 March the usual band of volunteers avoided the housework by assembling at the Pocklington Canal in Melbourne. Even the sun was shining for a change. Both Lucy, our Canal and Rivers Trust contact and Lizzie Dealey, the Heritage Lottery Fund project Officer, were there to add their efforts to our labours. This time we were removing mulch from the informal path laid down a couple of years ago. (Not by us I hasten to add). The idea is to remove the underlying sheeting and then bring in a digger to flatten the path foundations, currently somewhat uneven with old grass tussocks and soggy from waterflow into the pond. We managed to clear the mulch from most of the whole length of the path so not much more to do and we finished off with tea and biscuits and a general session of putting the world to rights.
The work keeps you fit without being too taxing - who needs to pay for a gym subscription! So now that the warmer weather is (almost) here, come and join us. Some gentle exercise with the Green Spaces gang is very satisfying and productive. ... See MoreSee Less
It was a murkily moist morning on Friday, 16th March when the FoPGS contingent did battle with the elements at Kilnwick Percy Hall. The mission, 'should we choose to accept it', was to engage with the treacherous forces of the boardwalk that surrounds the lake. Having donned the appropriate waterproof trousers, Arctic headgear and antique anorak, your intrepid correspondent ventured to the edge of the lake, heedless of the squelching mud and driving rain - it's all good fun, you know! A circumspect circumnavigation revealed a number of key points for future work. As you may know, the lakeside boardwalk consists of lengths of timber - 'stretchers' - to which are nailed crosspieces - 'headers' , the intention being to allow walkers to avoid the worst of the mud and water. Because these structures are almost continuously wet, they tend to rot with alarming enthusiasm. Around six dodgy cross-pieces were identified for replacement but, discretion being the better part of valour, no attempt was made to repair them under such inclement conditions.
So it was on to the side of the lake nearest the Hall to inspect the trees we had planted last year! Much to our surprise, the trees, protected by their clear-plastic curly-wurly guards, seemed largely to have survived. Keen tree-planters amongst you will know that, because their roots are insufficiently developed, young whips and saplings often die in the summer through lack of water. Siting these 40 or so trees near the lake should mean that they will have a good chance of surviving to maturity but we will still need to keep a protective eye on them especially later in the year when the invasive nettles and brambles attempt to envelope them.
We hope the trees will make a small contribution to reducing global warming and, perhaps, in years to come, add beauty to the vista. Despite the weather, it was an invigorating outing but we hope to see more of you as the weather improves. . ... See MoreSee Less
Our Friday 18 August task will involve some delicate carpentry repairing some of the slats in the decking that surrounds the lake at the Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy. We have saws, hammers, wirepullers and wirecutters as tools and KP Hall will have wood, nails,'chicken wire' and staples to complete the job. For those of you of a more violent disposition, it may be necessary to insert a few wedges under some of the decking runs so the hammers should come in useful.
If you fancy none of the above then we have some hand sickles to trim back the rather explosive vegetation alongside the decking. 'A tidy decking is a happy decking'!
Feel free to bring you own favourite tool if you wish but don't forget your gloves and suitable 'boot-y' footwear.
Oh, and should it turn out to be a little damp, something waterproof would be handy.
Remember we only work for about two hours but you can stay for less if you wish. Meet at the front of the KP Hall at 1000am
We hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less