After further harrowing, a few more stones have come to the surface at The Park. We are planning a further (smaller scale) de-stoning event at 10am this coming Saturday 1st April. It shouldn't take us long just to "finish off" the job. If you can spare an hour (or less) please do come along, preferably with a wheelbarrow!
In other news, the official photographs have been released from the Positive Activities Grant awards evening at County Hall, Beverley. We are in the midst of planning our forthcoming youth activities, and a calendar of events will soon be released.
Wayne, David, Ade and their team harrowed the field in preparation. 50 or so volunteers valiantly picked around 5 tonnes of stones up by hand, and John and his assistants provided us with delicious soup and bread afterwards. A fabulous day. Thank you to everyone for their efforts. The sun shone beautifully and it was a great community event. Now we can get the grass seed sown - which is another exciting step.
We were absolutely thrilled to be supported by East Riding of Yorkshire Council. They have awarded us £5000 for a new young persons group based at The Park, and tonight we attended the presentation and collected our award.
The new youth group will be known as "The Parklings" and its objectives are in our earlier news post. We are working hard to create an action packed calendar of events - which will be released very soon.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council have supported our project in many ways. Through the planning permission process, with ongoing support from Bernie Clarke and the team at "Play and Sport Development," from play safety surfacing advice from Paul Palmer (Grounds and Forestry Project Manager) and from their Active Creative and Positive Activities funding streams. Last month we were also given some agility trail equipment that was surplus to requirements from Hessle. We are extremely grateful for all their support.
In Action for Communities for Rural England (ACRE) promotional material... Last year ACRE supported 450 projects. We were chosen as one of ten case studies to represent the "very best of community grassroots action." Now, we are their England example. We are thrilled! Our case study and their promotional material are attached.
ACRE - scroll down to see us as the England example
We are extremely grateful to CJ Wildlife for their generous donation of a huge amount of natural habitat creation equipment - including : 2 Insect Hotels, 6 Bat Boxes, 2 Barn Owl Boxes, 1 Kestrel Box and 16 further small bird boxes!!
We are really looking forward to installing this at The Park very soon. The equipment provided is exactly what Yorkshire Wildlife Trust recommended to maximise wildlife habitat creation in our setting after their site visit, and we are certain that it will hugely boost the biodiversity of the site.
A huge thank you to you all who came and planted trees today - a fabulous effort.
We planted 420 Woodland Trust Saplings (a huge thank you once again to The Woodland Trust for their Support), 50 Orchard Trees and 62 Native specimen trees. This means we have now planted over 950 trees to date, covering over 1.25 acres of land. Our next planting task will be in November 2017 when we will plant the Southern boundary hedgerow, and if we've space, some more native trees.
Thanks also to Rob and Kenny for all their preparatory works, Wayne for his agricultural works and John (2 chefs) to the catering afterwards!
Next week - de-stoning! Saturday 25th from 10am!
Wayne Smith (our local fabulous farmer) has provided all the agricultural works to The Park on a voluntary basis. We are extremely grateful to him for all his support and kindness. This week he finished power harrowing The Park in readiness for tree planting. We hope to have the stones removed and grass seed sown by the end of March!
This is where you can find all the latest updates on the Park project - from the organisers.