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A beautiful evening

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It was a cold winters evening with strong winds expected but we decided to go ahead with the Christmas party anyway. The Marquee had blown away so we had nowhere to hide from the elements but we are conservationists we will survive a little cold, the fire was blazing and the Hog roast was cooked to perfection (thank you Ashley ) Santa came, carols were sung and people danced under the fairy lights what more could we ask for ( warmth lol) Friends of the ConVols were invited local farmers came and a church group from the Latter day Saints came along and helped bring the evening to life. I particularly want to thank Alan Tomlinson a Bishop in the congregation and Scarborough Borough Councils Wild life & tree officer, despite the heaviest of colds and looking a lot like death warmed up he supervised the whole site. Without Alan the event would not have happened, so its a huge thank you from us all for all the hard work

Part of the volunteers management plan is to enhance the small cherry Stand in the Meadow, unfortunately over the last few years disease has stripped the Cherry of all its leaves after flowering, so to help with the Spring display we have decided to augment the cherry stand with some other spring flowering trees. We have chosen Crab Apple, Wild plum, wild pear And greengage. Its getting close to tree buying time now and I am so excited about next years blossom display. I must not forget the Hornbeam tree that is our first Memorial tree, in remembrance of our old Chairman Pete Cocker. I almost forgot the Black Poplar we are getting to replace a small stand of Ash, they will be magnificent in the not to distant future.

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Help needed with Scarborough Castle

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Good morning nature lovers!
Scarborough Conservation Volunteers (ConVols), are pleased to announce that the first stage in removing the self-seeded sycamore trees, around Scarborough Castle, has been completed. This has been a fantastic job for the volunteers to tackle and I think I speak for everyone when I say the volunteers absolutely loved the task. Our work on the castle walls is not yet finished, so the ConVols will be back next year to continue the tree removal.
English Heritage, who own the site, has asked the Scarborough ConVols to collaborate in the creation of a “meadow” inside the castle grounds. We plan to start with a small area of approximately one acre to start this project. Initially the ConVols, in association with English Heritage Volunteers, will cut the grass and remove the clippings. We do this in order to give the wildflowers a chance to thrive against the more vigorous grasses.
Scarborough Castle is an internationally recognised symbol of the town of Scarborough with both the castle and the grounds visited by thousands of tourists every year. English Heritage and the ConVols see the creation of a flower meadow within the castle grounds as an important part of the castle’s development by giving our visitors a beautiful wildflower display and also giving a much needed boost to the associated wildflower habitats.
Unfortunately the ConVols do not have a suitable ‘sit-on mower’, that would go through the castle gates and work on rough ground. If anyone reading this post has such a machine and would be willing to lend it to the ConVols for one day, or would come along and volunteer themselves and machine to do this task it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Ron Baxter if you could help.
Anyone interested in joining the ConVols and helping us on this and other projects, please contact Ron Baxter by email at baxterron56@hotmail.co.uk / phone 07884968383 or .contact The Manager English Heritage Simon.Roe@english-heritage.org.uk
Next week’s task has been changed to the Raincliffe meadow, we will be working on the bird hide,some tree thinning and planting a small habitat hedge.If you are interested just come along and join us on the Meadow or if you need transport at Scarborough Rail St. at 9.30 am

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