Category: Monday Working Group

Monday 5 February

Seventeen of us worked today in 3 distinct Groups. On a dry but windy day, seven of us met at Stone Cross Field to continue working on the first of the benches around the sycamore tree. We have now reached the coverband stage and are ready to add the top stones once they have been shaped with the stone grinder. Three people went to Tony’s Steps and replace three steps; two on the long rise of steps and one on the flight of steps across to the right.. A fallen tree, on the top Path behind the Golf Club Car

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Monday 29 January

Stone Cross Field was the place to be today, when nine of us congregated there. A team of three began the work of constructing the planned stone benches. The foundation was laid, and then some of the bigger stones were piled on top to stop any vandalism – just in case! A group of four worked with a ranger who had brought 25 Alder Buckthorn and 25 Goat Willow whips for planting, and a truckload of mulch for spreading amongst the old and newly planted stock.

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Monday 15 January

Today is supposedly Blue Monday, but the eleven who worked today, were only blue from the cold. All but one went straight to the Gorse Patch and burned the Gorse, cut last week. The other member of the group collected quite a lot of litter from Beauchief Drive and around the Abbey Ponds. A Mercedes had been dumped and burnt-out in the Allotments Car Park over the weekend but had been removed by the time we began work. 

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Monday 8 January

Our first Morning of 2024, saw twelve group members arrive at the Gorse Patch, where we were quick to get going due to the cold temperature. The pre-Christmas cutting was continued to completion, and we will burn this next week.

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Monday 18 December

Seventeen members arrived for our final working morning of 2023. The gorse cut last week was burned. The fire was correctly reported to the FCC  at 9:31 and cancelled at 15:07 after a final check by Jon. At 11.00 am we were joined by the Group Chair and Secretary, who joined in with our Christmas  celebration. 

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Monday 11 December

The weather didn’t deter us today and thirteen of us made it up to the Gorse Patch, all bringing their own tools given the current situation with the Barn.

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Monday 27 November

No meeting was held today. The attached photograph of flooding on the path between the lower and middle Abbey Ponds, with rain still coming down, shows why we decided to cancel. The Gorse would have been soaking wet and the conditions underfoot very slippery. Neither conducive to safe working.  

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Monday 30 October

Seven members of the group met on an inclement morning. Two completed earlier work on the stone wall in Gulley’s Meadow, in spite of running out of cope stones. They improvised by double-coping in the middle. Two others cleared the conduits from the middle pond to the lower pond whilst the remaining three began work on replacing two rotten steps on the path up to the Deer Park before being joined by the pond clearers. The Holly Path was also cleared of overhanging branches. After coffee, the group cut back brambles and grass and removed collars and stakes from more

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Monday 23 October

Gulley’s Wood Meadow has been mowed by Abbeydale Golf Club,  and there is no further remedial work required by us. Ten of us turned out today with two going to Gulley’s Wood Meadow and the rest to the Nature Park : In Gulleys Wood Meadow the damaged wall was rebuilt to just short of coverband level and additional vandal (?) damage 10 yards further on (pushing over the cope stones – though thankfully, not this time, demolishing the rest of the wall)  repaired. In the Nature Park, we finished the bench , by putting the actual seat on it.  A

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Monday 16 October

A cold but bright and sunny morning saw ten members meet at the Barn, and the following tasks were identified and carried out. We carried on the pruning of the trees behind the Barn; some were overhanging the delicate Roof. Three members went to the dry-stone wall along the edge of Gulley’s Meadow which had fallen over either by natural causes or from people who wanted access into the wood.  Quite a bit of stone had to be retrieved from the wood before reconstruction could start.  We did manage to get a few stones into position but it will take a

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Monday 9 October

With eleven members today we were able to accomplish four tasks. Five of us stayed in the Barn area and at the request of the  Golf Course Groundsman pruned some tree branches at the back of the Barn that were overhanging the Drive and being hit by lorries; and cleared a ditch below the Middle Pond to allow free flowing water. Two members went to the Nettle Patch and worked  along the path at the back of the Hall, trimming overhead branches, concentrating on the area of the Nettle Patch as it really was quite narrow. Two others cut back vegetation encroaching

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Monday 2 October

Eleven members turned up for work on this mild October morning. Four went to the Bradway Rec. to complete the task on the stone bench. Six went to the orchard to remove the grass following Tom’s cutting of the grass.  Whilst there we also trimmed back the brambles to the hedge-line by the allotment access path and also trimmed around the saplings at the tree nursery.  There are many healthy tree specimens growing there and fighting against the weed growth.One member resumed his litter picking duties but joined the orchard party for coffee.

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