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The Scarborough conservation volunteers and the Friends of Raincliffe Meadow meet on Saturdays at the west gate of the meadow at 10.30 every week come hail rain or shine. At the moment we are concentrating on rebuilding the bird hide that was burnt to the ground a few weeks ago. We need people that can help carry some very heavy timbers from where we are preparing them to the bird hide site and to help with its rebuild. We also need volunteers that are willing to work in a team to help manage the site ,this could be cutting back brush,planting trees, making green wood furniture or even stopping regrowth on felled trees. The friends group are as well as all that organising family days, musical events and school trips. we offer training on tool use a stunning place to be and a wonderful opportunity to make fiends. Forget the gym we are free !!!


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Help please

The Big Push
Next Saturday the 30th We will be needing bodies to help move the rest of the timber that we are using to replace the hide. This is V heavy work so those of you with medical problems that would be aggrieved with heavy lifting should be aware of the dangers.Please let us know if you can help
Thank you

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This week we are

Hello good people of the woods this is just to let you know what we are up to this weekend and next Wed. Tomorrow on the meadow we will be preparing the bird Hide site,digging it out and levelling the floor.We will also be removing the burnt timber down to the fire pit.
Next Wed the 27 the volunteers are holding a brush cutting coarse on the Meadow and a training day near York so for this week only we are cancelling the day as a task day and concentrating on training, so anyone not involved in the training its a day off.

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Tasks for spring/summer 2015, subject to change at short notice please check back regularly

ConVols Wednesday Tasks

Date Task Meeting Point

13/05/15 Planting wildflowers The Dell, West Way Eastfield + Raincliffe Meadow
20/05/15 Pond maintenance The Grainary, Harwood Dale
27/05/15 Brushcutter course Raincliffe Meadow
03/06/15 Drainage repair Cinder track, Hayburn Wyke
10/06/15 Chipping brash Raincliffe Meadow
17/06/15 Strimming (boardwalk) Old Mans Mouth car park, Forge Valley
24/06/15 Strimming (top path) Old Mans Mouth car park, Forge Valley
01/07/15 Fencing Cayton Meadow
08/07/15 Fencing Cayton Meadow
15/07/15 Strimming + path repair Olivers Mount
22/07/15 Himalayan balsam removal Cinder track, Ravenscar
29/07/15 Himalayan balsam removal Cinder track, Larpool Viaduct Whitby
05/08/15 Path revetment Green gate car park, Raincliffe Woods

We are always looking for new tasks in and around Scarborough so please let us know if you would like the ConVos help

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Moving on

Raincliffe meadow log cabin bird hide fire 1st May 2015

Just a quick note to thank all those who sent in letters of support and offers of help to rebuild the bird hide that was burnt to the ground last week.

As we have said previously, this act of what we think is malicious damage, is not only very upsetting to the people who built the bird hide for the pleasure of the public, but was also a great threat to the surrounding forest and woodland. It was only the quick thinking of a member of the public who spotted the fire in the very early stages and rang the fire brigade who attended immediately and dealt with it, that a more serious incident was avoided. A big thank you to them.

As you may be aware, we are already preparing to rebuild the bird hide and have been able to procure the timber due to the very generous offer from the local council to use the felled trees from the recent chainsaw course we held in Raincliffe woods.

To the person, or persons that set fire to the bird hide, we hope that you are feeling ashamed of your actions and won’t do the same again. However, we hold out the hand of forgiveness and would welcome offers of assistance to rebuild the bird hide with no questions asked or answers required. Come on, your chance to make amends.

As you are now probably aware, we the Scarborough Conservation Volunteers and the Friends of Raincliffe Meadow are fully committed to enhance and improve the meadow for the enjoyment of all who use it.

Ron Baxter (chairman of the SCV)

7th May 2015