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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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Come along and join us

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01.03.17 Woodland Management Scarborough Castle


08.03.17 Woodland Management Scarborough Castle


15.03.16 Pond Management Hopper Hill Road


22.03.17 Woodland Management Raincliffe Meadow


29.03.17 Pond Management Hopper Hill Road


05.04.17 Tree Planting Silpho Horse Sanctuary


12.04.17 Tree Planting Silpho Horse Sanctuary


19.04.17 Footpath Maintenance Forge Valley


26.04.17 Boardwalk Maintenance Forge Valley


03.05.17 Boardwalk Maintenance Forge Valley


10.05.17 Meadow Work Raincliffe Meadow


17.05.17 Fence Repairs Forge Valley


24.05.17 Meadow Work Raincliffe Meadow


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This week

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Now then you lot,up and at em. Dont forget we are on the meadow tomorrow,we have an intermittent hedge to plant and a large amount of wood chippings to spread. We will also be doing some thinning and a little practice with the Rip saw. If you would like to join us please do, your more than welcome to come along and join us. If your concerned that you cant commit to coming out each week its cool, come when and if you can. Transport is available to anyone not having it,we pick up at the station at half 9. COME and JOIN in

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Millennium Woods

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Good morning tree huggers, today I would like to brag a little about the conservation volunteers achievements in millennium wood. Over the last two weeks the ConVols have been working thinning tree…

Source: Millennium Woods

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Millennium Woods

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Good morning tree huggers, today I would like to brag a little about the conservation volunteers achievements in millennium wood. Over the last two weeks the ConVols have been working thinning trees in the woodland. This may look to some as a strange way to manage a woodland. Unfortunately when these woodlands were planted around 16 years ago the trees were planted far too close together, this is done to help suppress the undergrowth and allow the tree whips to grow, it also gives wind protection to the trees. However once the woodland starts to mature it soon becomes clear that some trees are doing well while others struggle. It also creates a single canopy throughout the woodland blocking light to the floor. It also discourages wildlife from occupying the woodland simply because it is dark, cold and damp. Let’s face it we would not like to live in those conditions. It is for these reasons woodland is cleared, to allow light through the woodland canopy to encourage undergrowth, to create a canopy of different heights and to allow air into the wood in order to dry it out. The ConVols have over the last few years been slowly thinning this small woodland and over the next few winters we will continue the thinning process and plant new varieties of plants, shrubs and trees. This will create easier access for the birds and a greater variety of nesting/feeding spots. Even now the difference to the ground flora/fauna is astounding, grasses are starting to come through the woodland is drying out and it is no longer a dark damp habitat.

Next week the ConVols will be working on Raindcliffe Meadow planting an intermittent hedge, this is being done not to create a boundary but to allow a greater variety of habitats and to encourage new hedgerow species. The ConVols will monitor the newly planted hedging and in a few years time when the hedge is mature the volunteers intend to lay the hedge down in a variety of regional styles. The volunteers are also expecting a delivery (large) of chippings these will be laid in the main gate to help keep it dry and to provide an easy/welcoming entrance to the meadow. In the next few months the volunteers will continue to develop the small picnic area, providing seats, tables and bird feeding stations. We will continue the thinning process in the Arboretum stand and plan our planting.

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A call out

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This is a call out for volunteers
on Saturday, 18 February the ConVols are helping out with some tree planting and Filey the trees to be planted are

Common crab apple. 20
Grey Willow. 20
Common Dogwood 60
Hornbeam. 10
Green Beech. 10
Wild. Cherry. 20
Silver Birch. 15
Field Maple. 20
English Oak. 10, 10
Mountain Ash/Rowan. 20, 20
Bird Cherry 20
Goat Willow. 60
Norway Maple 20
Small Leaved Lime 5
Gelder Rose. 60
Blackthorn and other hedging. 100+
Common Alder. 20
Downy Birch. 20
if you would like to help out with a few hours treeplanting and hedge planting please let me know and I will forward further instructions

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What is going on here

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Is it true that the Raincliffe Woods Enterprise group are been given £15,000 by Scarborough Borough Council,if so why? The council in these days of austerity should not be supporting this or any other group to this extent.As I understand it SBC have already agreed to Keep the grass cut, empty the bins ……. There are people in this town suffering real hardships because of Government cutbacks yet SBC are giving away large amounts of money to an organisation that is supposed to be standing on its own two feet not scrounging from local government

SBC online public budget consultation



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