A lot has been happening over the last two weeks;
More work has been done to Ellikers; including boundary fencing and inserting entrance gateposts.
Work begins improving the entrance to The Ellikers
Ben, from Leeds Grammar School volunteering as part of the school’s curriculum, helping to install entrance gateposts in the Ellikers.
7th March. Members of the Friday work group attended a First Aid Course given by the St. John’s Ambulance.
Andy practicing resuscitation on his dummy.
The Friday work group enjoying lunch during the First Aid Course.
2nd March. Winter Work Party and Children’s Event. All the children helped to make a “Bug Hotel” for insects to find shelter, especially for hibernation. Constructed around a frame of old pallets, it used recycled materials, such as old bricks and tiles, and vegetable matter such as rotting wood and hollow plant stems. Everyone can help by setting aside a corner of the garden so that a small pile of such materials can be left for wildlife. About 50 people attended the event organised for the Pre School Toddler Group and families.
Starting the construction of the Bug Hotel.
The Bug Hotel completed.
Having finally received the licence from Leeds City Council to “cultivate” our roadside verges, we decided, at short notice, to cut a small section of the grass verge along Moor Lane.
An important part of this management strategy is to remove all the cuttings. If left, the cuttings would rot down and fertilise the soil which encourages the more vigorous grasses to grow which swamps any wild flower growth. Denuding the soil of nutrients favours the growth of the colourful wild flowers that used to be a part of our countryside landscape.
Cutting and raking the long, dead grasses along Moor Lane.
Even though few cars were encountered, safety is a priority with roadside signs and fluorescent jackets.