Real Trees for sale, also many other lovely things for Christmas presents
Click HERE for poster
Open Country WFGA
A Harrogate charity has scooped a top award for its commitment to wildlife conservation. Open Country, which helps people with a disability to access and enjoy the countryside, has received the Gold Award in the Wildlife Friendly Garden Awards for its efforts to increase the wildlife value of its plot at the Jubilee Allotments near Knaresborough.
Harrogate District Biodiversity Action Group’s award scheme recognises the good work of individuals, groups and schools to help local wildlife by creating havens for bird and insect populations to flourish. Open Country’s allotment is maintained throughout the year by the charity’s disabled members, supported by its staff and volunteers. This work is just one of many ways in which Open Country helps people with a disability to enjoy countryside and get closer to nature.
See PHOTO of the award ceremony
Friends at Jacob Smith Park firstname.lastname@example.org
News of the pond dipping platform - click HERE
Horticap Spring Newsletter
Draft Carbon Reduction Strategy DEADLINE FOR CONSULTATION
15 February 2018
Click HERE for full details
Friends of Aspin Pond
Click HERE for Newsletter
High Batts latest
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Click HERE for Chairman's letter
No 27 Click HERE
Update on Pinewoods and Irongate Field
Jacob Smith Park
Wild About Gardens
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Moth Morning Sawley
June 13th 2017
Successful morning for this event
Click HERE for list of species seen.
Visit the gallery for a few photos.
Skipton Road, Harrogate Landscape Design Workshop
Pinewoods Conservation Group
Rotary Wood Planning Decision
The planning decision regarding the expansion of Harrogate Spring Water Limited onto Rotary Wood is planned for 2pm Tuesday 9th May. This is an open meeting at Crescent Gardens should members be interested in attending.
Despite concerns being raised by many areas of Harrogate Council (as well as many other groups) the planners recommendation is to APPROVE. A full copy of their report can be found here.
The PCG has written to members of the planning committee to suggest that they visit the site before making any decision. A representative from Harrogate Rotary will also argue against this development as part of the meeting.
PCG will update members on the decision
following the meeting.
From one of our members:
"We have about 30 frogs in our pond -
very active with spawn being noted also 8th March. We heard a chiffchaff 2 weeks ago. I saw a brimstone butterfly in a neighbour's garden 3 days ago. Two pairs of sparrows are actively nest building in our sparrow boxes. A pair of blue tits have been examining one nesting box, likewise a wren. The robins have stopped being territorial but as yet no sign of nest building. Our bees are loving this warm weather."
Click HERE for the latest from the YNU
Wild About Gardens RHS
Click HERE for January 2017 Newsletter
Click HERE for March Newsletter
HIGH BATTS reserve
Click HERE for January 2017 Newsletter
Message from Sam Walker
- volunteers please
- please reply direct to him if you can help. Contact below:
Subject: Hedge planting prepartion work - Friday 17th February
I am hoping for a bit more help on Friday 17th February. The work is a continuation of the work carried out with some of your help a couple of weeks ago.
Little Studley Meadow in Ripon is a lovely site, with no public access that is a mixture of magnesium limestone grassland and wetland habitats. The site is in Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme and has funding in place for some hedgerow restoration. On Friday 17th I will be going up to prepare the area for the hedge planting (which will take place in the next two months and will be another volunteer day). The task will be clearing brambles and cutting back the old hedge to create space and light for the new hedge plants to thrive. I am planning on been onsite all morning from about 9:00 till 13:00 but help is welcome at any point.
As always I will provide all tools but suitable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear is recommended. I can also possibly pick people up if required. It may be worth bringing some food and drink as well to help keep energy levels up!
I’ve attached a map of the location of the site. The meeting point is marked on the map as Petrol Harrogate Road. This doesn’t actually exist (Google maps!) but that is where the site entrance is. It’s on the right hand side about 100 metres before the clock tower as you come into Ripon on North Road.
If you available to help please let me know so I can ensure I bring enough tools.
Parks and Environmental Services
P.O. Box 787
mob: 07525 988288
Wild About Gardens RHS
Click HERE for December 2016 Newsletter
HARROGATE BOROUGH COUNCIL
The Harrogate Council's Draft Local Plan ConsultationPeriod runs from 11 November until
23rd December 2016. The Plan will affect development of our area for many years.
Click HERE for some details.
You will find Draft policy NE 3 commencing
on page 167. Referring to sections of the
policy will strengthen comments made.
Page 179 shows proposed green space sites.
Or click HERE for a pdf of this part. You can find the reasons why an application failed. There are quite a few for Harrogate including pine woods, Killingall moor etc. This would be the time to revise the applications to meet the criteria before 23 December
Exhibitions of the plan have been programmed (see dates below). These dates are opportunities to view the plan.
• Saturday 26 November, 10am - 3pm: Wesley Centre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1PP
• Tuesday 29 November, 2 - 7pm: Green Hammerton Village Hall, Harrogate Road, Green Hammerton,
• Wednesday 30 November, 2 - 7pm: Harrogate Baptist Church, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 5RD
Thursday 3rd November
Waxwings flying around Harlow Carr this afternoon
Msg from Andrew Willocks
25th October 2016
Fungus and Mosses Foray
Harrogate Naturalists organised this outing and the report and species list is courtesy of them.
Click HERE for the report
Click HERE for a gallery of photos.
Wild About Gardens RHS
Click HERE for November 2016 Newsletter
Click HERE for October 2016 newsletter
Click HERE for theSept 2016 newsletter
ReWilding of Britain
Click HERE for the October 2016
Click HERE for the September 2016
2016 STATE OF NATURE
Just published - foreword by David Attenborough. This is a summary of dreadful results of the largest survey of wildlife populations in our country.
Click HERE for a link to the report.
Friday 5th August 2016
Moth morning at Sawley
Another successful event. Many thanks to Jill Warwick and Charlie Fletcher for making the event possible and to Sandra Mason for the use of her garden and field – plus the coffee and biscuits!
Click HERE for some photos.
Re-Wilding Britain - August Newsletter
There are some very interesting articles in the current newsletter from the re-wilding group. Comments for example on the possible effects of our Brexit vote!
Click HERE for the pdf version.
STOP PRESS: Read our May Newsletter. Click HERE
B-Lines update 9
Here is the latest B-Lines Update, which provides a brief summary of their work over the past few months. This update summarises work across the country as the B-Lines work continues and expands. In addition it highlights the importance of conservation partners in building up the B-Lines network through their own project delivery.
Click HERE for the latest update.
Click HERE for website for more information
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Some local children have been learning and working on the
above topic. As part of their research they are looking
at ways of making garden furniture from otherwise waste materials. They found a website which is well worth a visit.
Click HERE to go to this website.
The site has many interesting ideas for reducing your footprint but is very practical in having detailed plans
and instructions as well.
Nothing to do when it's raining and nasty outside? Why not follow the example of students at Ripon Grammar
and make a Bee Hotel.
As part of their Young Enterprise project they have made and
are selling Bee Hotels. Click HERE for full details and contacts.
Anything to encourage pollinators and biodiversity
is worthwhile at any time of the year!
Harrogate District Hospital
Carolyn has been busy with the garden at HDH.
The latest addition is a wooden carving by Jonathan Sherwood. See below for the photo
Nigel Heptinstall - Outdoors Again
Nigel Heptinstall used to write a very popular column in local papers. Recently these were cancelled by the editors. Nigel however is now active again via a website and will welcome contributions.. We received an email from Nigel giving contact details and links to his twitter, website and blog at How Stean Gorge. Click HERE for the emails and the links.
2015 at the Harrogate Volunteer Oscars.
Carolyn Rothwell and her team of volunteers have been working hard in the courtyard gardens at Harrogate District Hospital, turning them into delightful places for patients to look at as well as providing food and shelter for wildlife. On Friday night Carolyn was awarded Wildlife Volunteer 2015.
Carolyn recently gave a presentation about this work at the Harrogate in Bloom awards.
So it is with great pleasure we say congratulations Carolyn on a job well done - your 'Wildlife Volunteer 2015' awarded to you at the Harrogate District Volunteer Oscars
on Friday 30th October was well deserved.
Congratulations too to Simon Warwick, Environment Volunteer 2015. Well deserved award in recognition of the vision and determination to establish and run
the Nosterfield Nature Reserve.
Audrey Sommersgill was awarded a Lifetime Volunteer award in recognition of just that - a lifetime of encouraging
others in a love of nature and the countryside.
Allotment Show in the Valley Gardens
August 16th 2015
As usual it was fun to be part of the annual Allotment Show in Valley Gardens on Sunday 16th August. There were some amazing veggies on display in the competition area
as well as some wonderful work by children in the 'Imagination' competition.
Popular as ever was the combined allotments stall selling bags of home grown produce - quality and taste fantastic.
Click HERE for the gallery to see some photos
Harrogate District Hospital
Update photo of Caroline's patch:
Saturday 25th July
As part of Niddfest - Studfold held its Family Day. HDBAG joined in this busy event by helping children ( and adults!) to build simple Bug Houses. Visitors also encountered trails, quizzes, puzzles and baby hedgehogs! Many thanks to Anne Challis and her team for hosting the event. The rain threatened but kindly kept away until we were leaving.
There are some photos on the gallery
- click HERE to see them.
Look for 2015Studfold
July 4th 2015
Moth Morning at Sawley
A very succesful event, after early drizzle we had good weather to see a colourful collection of moths. Many thanks to Jill Warwick and Charlie Fletcher for making the event possible and to Sandra Mason for the use of her garden and field – plus the coffee and biscuits! There were 80 species identified. Click HERE for the official list.
Photos are now on the Gallery - click HERE for the Gallery
Look for 2015 MothMorning
A big thank you to everyone who entered our Wild Card Art Competition. Some are on display in Harrogate Library during July in the coffee area on the ground floor.
Balsam Bash on June 7th 2015
...see photos on the top right
District Hospital update
Recent photo of the Wildlife Garden at HDH
The patch of ground at HDH by the SROMC has had red campion, limnanthes plants and a Grow Wild seed mix and a Meadow in My Garden Boheme annual seed mix sown. The lanscapers for the SROMC had planted vinca, ivy and pachysandra, so it should be wildlife friendly soon!
HDBAG AGM March 7th 2015
At our AGM in March 2015 the main speaker was Dan McAndrew, ecologist with Harrogate Borough Council.
He provided advice on how we can make informed comments on the biodiversity aspects of planning applications. Everyone can be involved in encouraging greener design and enable development to enhance natural networks.
It is impossible to sum up in a few words this important set of information so we have made the complete presentation available at this link. Click HERE
Tree planting at Ure Bank
Friday 27th March
A successful event! . There were 500 trees to plant in a field next to the river. Fortunately, there was a good turnout of people from the neighbourhood and other voluntary organisations.
Big Garden Bird Watch
Saturday 24th January 2015-01-24
Starbeck Library and Belmont Park
HDBAG was pleased to celebrate the RSPB's Big Garden Bird Watch with Starbeck in Bloom at the Starbeck Library. Families braved the cold to count birds and make peanut butter and seed feeders outside and strung popcorn and bought seed in the warmth of the library.
The warm refreshments inside the library were most welcome.
What would we do without Starbeck Public Library?
Click HERE for our list of birds seen. Not very many this time but there is probably plenty of food - for example in gardens nearby. Send us a copy of your own list and we will add it to ours - email email@example.com.
Don't forget to send in the official form first.
Click here for RSPB site
District Hospital update
Work in Harrogate Hospital wildlife friendly garden is already successful. This blackbird was caught checking out the holly berries.
2014 NEWS ITEMS
This newsletter is now ready - click HERE to read it
BUG LIFE - an update
Click HERE to read an update on the B lines project which is joining up environmentally rich sites across the land.
High Batts Nature Reserve Open Day
2nd November 2014
The reserve is on the west bank of the River Ure, close to North Stainley village. There were so many interesting things to see and do for young, old and those in between that it was impossible to do them all. The fungi trail lead by expert, Adrian Bennett, was fascinating and informative.
Despite the ‘you should have been here last week’ there was so much to see we were out for a couple of hours.
Click HERE for photos of just a few of the many found. Look for High Batts on the Gallery
Many sightings of birds and mammals were recorded.
Access to the reserve is limited to subscribing members except on these special ‘Open Days’ or by arrangement for a group visit.
For more information about membership and visits contact numbers are:-
Secretary: 01423 711887 Warden: 07871744604 Chairman: 07935352890
Harrogate District Hospital update Nov 1st 2014
Click HERE for the Gallery.
Click HEREfor a very comprehensive plant list.
Starbeck Library 18th October 2014
with Starbeck in Bloom
Wow What a fabulous morning! Autumn Day in Starbeck was a great success ,a lovely autumn day and so many people there at the library and on the field We planted loads of daffodils,several little oak trees,made lots of bug houses and counted lots of bugs! It was great to see so many children involved, Brownies,Guides,Cubs,Scouts and lots of families too.So many people helped to make this a success but a special mention to Harrogate Biodiversity group for the bug hunt and bug houses,to Childrens centre for craft activities and to Anne and Deborah at the library who didnt flinch when hoards of us tramped over the library carpets in our wellies! The Starbeck in Bloom team were there behind the scenes-a real team effort. Thanks to Andrew Jones for supporting the event and presenting a certificate for the library garden as a Wildlife Friendly Workplace. As ever community events do mean ALL the community in Starbeck and it was great to be part of this. I would be pleased if you would all pass on thanks to each and everyone of your groups
Click HERE for our Gallery and lots of pictures.
Christine Stewart - Starbeck in Bloom coordinator
Harrogate District Hospital Wildlife Friendly Garden
Click HERE to see the cover.
Three marshy areas have been created in spots that are particularly damp. Horticap and Rhs staff removed the turf, and everyone planted a selection of Iris plants, and willow whips. More plants will be added and one of the areas will be rotavated and a seed mix suitable for wet areas will be sown. Click HERE for details
Biodiversity is simply the web of life on Earth
It comprises a hugely diverse range of species, genes and ecosystems