April 28, 2016

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We try to update our Facebook page whenever we undertake our practical nature conservation tasks in and around Pocklington. These are normally every Friday morning from 10am – noon (see the volunteering page for more).

Here’s the latest information about our volunteer work from our Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces Facebook page:

Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesMay 11, 2018 at 6:40pm
We have been spending time weeding a couple of the flower/shrub beds at the church this morning. A lot more needs doing and extra volunteers for our group would be very welcome. Tomorrow there will be lots of things going on at the church and elsewhere because of the Flying Man Festival - enjoy!
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Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesAugust 19, 2017 at 12:58pm
We spent a pleasant couple of hours yesterday replacing slats on the decking around the lake at the Buddhist Centre and also consolidated a few of the decking runs to make them more stable so hopefully the decking should now be in a reasonable state. We also removed some overhanging branches where they obstructed the pathway.
Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesAugust 17, 2017 at 9:19am
Hello Everybody!

Our task tomorrow Friday 18 August at the Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall will involve some delicate carpentry repairing some of the slats in the decking that surrounds the lake. We now 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 wehave 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 KP Hall at 1000am

Hope to see you there.
Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesAugust 17, 2017 at 9:14am
We were working in yes I mean in Pocklington Beck on Friday 11 August clearing some of the stream side vegetation in order to ensure the water flow isn't too impeded. Also did a bit of "pond dipping" and it's amazing the amount of life that is in this beck - plenty of brown trout and other creatures which like clean chalk stream water. We are at the Buddhist Centre tomorrow Friday 18 August at 1000am
Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesMarch 13, 2017 at 6:22pm
The Delights of Litter-Picking! or 'It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it'

A small but dedicated band of the Friends joined up not only with the Mayor, the immediate past mayor, the Town Clerk and his Assistant but also, it was rumoured, WI participants to repeat the glories of last year's 'Clean for the Queen' saga - documented elsewhere. Armed with nothing but gloves, litter-pick 'grabbers' and East Riding sacks, we ventured. forth in to that unknown territory known as West Green. We soon became a team scattered to the four winds as we ruthlessly hunted down the myriad of plastic bottles, paper cups, crushed cans, sweet wrappers and plastic bags with nameless contents. Your worthy correspondent (see heroic picture of same) was constrained to struggle up and down the bank of the beck but you will pleased to know that he did not fall in. A silent competition took place to see who could collect the biggest bag of detritus: I believe Rob won this with his indefatigable scan of that stretch of Hodsow Lane most often richly decorated with items bearing such slogans as Starbucks, Costa and Subway. It is understood that the Councils of Barmby Moor and Pocklington will be writing a joint letter to the appropriate establishments!

It cannot be said that this was the most entertaining couple of hours we have experienced but we came away with a new-found respect for the professional council operatives, whose efforts, though rewarded, take place all day every day, rain or shine!

FoPGS would like to thank the Town Clerk and his Assistant for coordinating the event but we sincerely hope that our efforts will not be called upon again until next year!
Friends of Pocklington Green Spaces
Friends of Pocklington Green SpacesJanuary 15, 2017 at 1:30pm
Twas a chilly, snowy morn on Friday 13th January when the hardier souls of FoPGS ventured forth to explore the borderlands of Primrose Wood and the Football Club terrritories. Led by the courageous John Bielby, the Town Council's handyman - fresh from gravel-spreading exploits elsewhere in the town - the elite band moved in with loppers and saws to trim back the over-excited growth of hawthorn and brambles. A swift couple of hours work removed most of the encroaching undergrowth which had started to distort the marginal fencing - a problem that had initially been identified by the Football Club. Having restored the Primrose Wood edges to their pristine state, we fearless few crept silently away, nursing only a bent lopper to mark our passing. We hope that fence itself , where it has been beaten down doubtless by football fans and dog promenaders alike, can now be restored to its former glory.

Remember you too can join our small and happy group on Friday mornings at 10 am for, at most, a couple of hours! As Captain James T. Kirk never said " we welcome all sentient life-forms (well, over the age of 18 earth-years) to add colour to our terraforming endeavours". We supply the tools, all we need from you is a co-operative spirit, a dash of enthusiasm, a soupcon of interest in conservation and a modicum of energy - in occasional bursts! Feel free to contact Gerry Hutchinson, Chair, on 01759 306479 to find out a little more - no obligation assumed! We are also on Facebook and have an 'emerging; website'!

Help us to help the green spaces of Pocklington and the surrounding area. See you soon, we hope!

We have been spending time weeding a couple of the flower/shrub beds at the church this morning. A lot more needs doing and extra volunteers for our group would be very welcome. Tomorrow there will be lots of things going on at the church and elsewhere because of the Flying Man Festival - enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

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

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12 months ago

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.
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1 years ago

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. .
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We spent a pleasant couple of hours yesterday replacing slats on the decking around the lake at the Buddhist Centre and also consolidated a few of the decking runs to make them more stable so hopefully the decking should now be in a reasonable state. We also removed some overhanging branches where they obstructed the pathway. ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello Everybody!

Our task tomorrow Friday 18 August at the Buddhist Centre at Kilnwick Percy Hall will involve some delicate carpentry repairing some of the slats in the decking that surrounds the lake. We now 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 wehave 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 KP Hall at 1000am

Hope to see you there.
... See MoreSee Less

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We were working in yes I mean in Pocklington Beck on Friday 11 August clearing some of the stream side vegetation in order to ensure the water flow isn't too impeded. Also did a bit of "pond dipping" and it's amazing the amount of life that is in this beck - plenty of brown trout and other creatures which like clean chalk stream water. We are at the Buddhist Centre tomorrow Friday 18 August at 1000am ... See MoreSee Less

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2 years ago

Hello Everybody!

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

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