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Log piles in Valley Gardens 24 November 2013


Many hands made light work of moving logs into Valley Gardens to make homes for bugs and small mammals.


Rhodedendron Bash 16th November


2013 is the fourth year we have forayed into Birk Crag to attack the invasive rhododendrons and you can see where we have been. More large stands were cut down and regrowth from roots we have been unable to remove have been trimmed.

Over the years we have opened out the area and the bilberries are coming back to life. Letting in the light improves the habitat for the elusive Chestnut Click Beetle.


6th Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars


The 6th Harrogate and District Volunteering Oscars evening was held on Friday 1st November to celebrate the amazing amount of volunteer work that is carried out in Harrogate District.


Jennifer Hall is our member who specialises in building insect hotels, often in schools and with many children helping. She is also warden of the Rossett Nature Reserve and has planted many trees with the Rotary program in the area. As a member of the Sorroptomists in Harrogate she has enthused to them about the importance of helping improve wildlife habitat in our area. Impressed with all her work they nominated her for the 'Environment Volunteer Award'. There were several nominations and Jennifer was the only Highly Commended award in the Environment Group, being runner up to the whole Starbeck in Bloom team who received the Oscar. Well done Jennifer.


Nidderdale Show - Monday 23rd Sept 2013


Perfect weather at the Nidderdale Show on 23rd September, an ideal opportunity to meet many local people who are already making their gardens wild life friendly and want to learn what more they can do.



Harrogate Flower Show 13-15th September 2013


Whilst RHS Harlow Carr staff and volunteers were busy talking to the many Flower Show visitors we were privileged to have been invited to work with the families making mini bug hotels and pots for seed planting. It was fun being 'hands on' and also exchanging allotment and garden experiences with people from the Lake District and Northumberland to the north and Wakefield and Halifax to the south.



Allotment Show - Sunday 18th Aug 2013


It was another busy day on Sunday at the Allotment show

held in the Valley Gardens. We were pleased to receive a visit

from Mayor Mike Newby and his consort. On our stand we had a selection of wildlife friendly plants, books and bug boxes.



Ripley Show - Sunday 11th Aug 2013


Our stand in the Women’s Institute tent was a welcome shelter for many visitors during the various showers during the day. The skull quiz was a very popular attraction generating a lot of debate. The stand also received a special visitor in the form of a shield bug.

It seemed to appear from one of the bug boxes on sale

which proves they do work!




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