Lara McClure (Very Young Friends of Rowntree Park) will be sharing a children’s story on this site, every month. The story will have the same theme as this month’s Very Young Friends meeting, so this month it’ll be ‘Wool’ – a bit of a yarn, perhaps? Look out for the first story, in the next few weeks …
All are welcome to the Friends’ first meeting of 2012, on Wednesday the 18th January, 7.30 at Clementhorpe Community Centre, Lower Ebor St. These are always informal and friendly meetings, Friends and other interested people are all equally welcome. They cover Friends’ activities and other activities in the Park over the next few months and always include some items to do with Park maintenance. Attendance normally includes a Park Ranger or member of the Council’s Parks and Open Spaces group. Refreshments will be provided – Lara has threatened us with some flapjacks! Contact us for more information.
Two of the council’s rangers have some excellent news; Rachel Simpson married recently (keeping her Simpson email address at the council) and Clair Merrifield has gone off on maternity leave. Congratulations to Rachel and all the best to Clair!
The Rangers’ conservation sessions at the Park are on Monday 23rd January and Monday 19th March, 1pm to 3pm in each case. Contact Rachel or Jenny, for more information.
Welcome to our new website; we hope you like it. We hope to keep it up to date with all the news on the Park and its Friends, and look forward to your comments and contributions.
We knew that the wildlife pond was going into an area of the park that had been used as a dump. After about 20cm of top soil, we were into a layer of dumped domestic debris – bottles, jars, bits of twisted metal, part of a doll’s face, even a chunk of hymn book. Most of this is clearly of 20th century date, and we’re hoping that local people will be able to tell us their memories of some of the evocative-sounding brands.
A lot of the debris were glass bottles and jars, many of which were at least complete enough to see what they had been used for. The brands discovered are from local firms from York, Selby and Hull, as well as more well-known firms such as Heinz.
On Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th November 2011, we created a new wildlife pond in Butcher Terrace Field. Rachel Simpson (the Park Ranger) had spent hours finding all the resources that we’d need, and discussing utilities, diggers and other matters with all and sundry, and the Friends had got the funding from the York Community Pride Challenge Fund (administered by the Two Ridings Community Foundation).
Richard the digger driver quickly created a big hole.
He also shaped the bank which the tansy plants are going to be planted, so that tansy beetles have a suitable potential home.
The following day, a group of Aviva workers came on a team-building day out, and helped us shape the pond, line it with carpet and underlay, and then the pond liner itself. It was tiring work, especially for people who are normally indoors all day, but the group were very cheerful and hardworking throughout.
The end result we hope will delight both wildlife and humans …
At the AGM in October 2011, it was agreed to put the subscriptions up to £5 a year, per household. This was mainly because the costs of producing and circulating paper copies of newsletters had increased.
The autumn leaf colours have been fabulous over the last couple of weeks, but several trees have also needed attention from the tree surgeons, to make them safe. The most noticeable was the large horse chestnut near the tennis courts, after a large branch fell onto the tennis courts during high winds. This tree has now been reduced down to a tall stump, with the hope that this will re-sprout, and so not need complete removal. However, this is one of the bigger, more mature trees, many of which are suffering from various diseases, and so we can only hope for the best! Many thanks to the tree surgeons who left a pile of wood chips for use in the wildlife area.
The Friends received a £2000 grant from the York Community Pride Challenge Fun, adminstered by Two Ridings Community Foundation, to make a pond, as part of our work to enhance the wildlife potential of the park (including making space for tansy beetles). We’re working hard with the Park Rangers and other council staff to make our plans and more information will appear here soon. We hope to break ground in November 2011, probably 23rd/24th, and will need lots of help to get the work done!
John Barnes-Tee sent us this list of repairs that he’s done:
- The steps to the small embankment slide have been repaired.
- The round about bearings are worn but we have the supplier booked in to re-fit new bearings.
- Various nets on the large Multi play unit are due to be replaced with new ones from play dale.
- We are still looking into a suitable replacement for the All ability swing for the red swing frame.
- We are also getting some quotes to improve the wooden surrounds for the wood chip bays.
And finally we are looking at the four way waltzer and because of its age and the expense of the parts whether it is worth the repair.
There is still no definite news about the cascade, canal and fountains being repaired