We normally meet at 10.00 am on the first Sunday of each month at the notice board on the path leading down to Silverlink Bridge. The work sessions normally last for two to two and a half hours. Many of the work party then proceed to the Queens Head Hotel at the top of Gilesgate Bank.
Occasionally we have special sessions working with other voluntary groups on specific projects.
Details of our work sessions and other activities and events – such as the May Dawn Chorus walk – are sent by email to all the registered members of our group. They will also be posted here and on our Facebook group.
Scheduled Work Sessions
Our next work session will take place on Sunday 7th April.
Other Scheduled Activities and Events
Dawn Chorus Walk. Date yet to be fixed.
We are always on the lookout for new volunteers and if you would like to join us on one of these sessions or one of our other activities we would be delighted to see you. Alternatively come along to the Queens Head between 12.30 and 1.00 where you will be able to meet some of us in relaxed and convivial surroundings. If you wish you can also get in touch through our contact page. The sessions always include a variety of activities that are suitable for all ages and abilities. No previous experience is necessary.
Outline Programme of Activities for 2013:
Proposals for our programme of activities over the next year were discussed at the AGM on Sunday 13th January 2013 and are set out below.
1. The need for an update of our website was discussed. Sarah Wheater and Peter Lattin kindly offered to pursue this area of information source. Sarah will set up a Facebook group for the Friends. Peter will liaise with Neil Shaw (who was our original website instigator) and who is in Saudi Arabia, so that the website can be brought up to date. It is proposed that the Management Plan is put on the Friends’ website when this is up and running.
2. The importance of the distribution of information about Pelaw Wood was discussed and suggestions were made about the design, construction and siting of notice boards. Anne Quigley suggested putting up laminated notices to advertise working sessions; Richard Lilly volunteered to put them in place. Carole Millington said that she might be able to organise a newsletter after September 2013.
Further efforts will be made to involve the local school children. Sarah Wheater will look into the participation of pupils in community environmental work under the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Roger is interested in making contacts with schools and Martin will get the contact for OASES — teachers looking for opportunities to use the outdoors in the curriculum. The Scouts & Guides were also mentioned as possibilities for involving younger people
4. The following projects would be pursued under the English Woodland Grant Scheme:
- Information boards proclaiming Pelaw Wood as a Local Nature Reserve
- Selective removal of sycamores and beech throughout the Wood and planting of native species to replace them
- Creating a footpath along the edge of the football field
- Planting up the Batts (the bottom field) with trees
The encouragement of bird life was emphasised, for example the replacement of vandalised nest boxes together with the installation of additional ones.
Ian will investigate organisations whose employees do community work e.g the University
Richard will follow up his proposal to install drains along wet paths.
Tony will obtain more planings and Peter will enquire whether the Council would refill the hole at the sports field entry.
Martin will notify Elaine Crow that some of the footbridge boards are rotting; and enquire whether the Parish Paths Partnership would fund the installation of steps at the Silver Link Bridge; and tell John Bragg about the tree across the riverside path.
Agreed that footpath maintenance and planting were our immediate priorities. Martin & Richard to check out our stock of materials.