TPT conservation volunteers (Penistone - Dunford Bridge)





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                                                                                2017





Thursday 12th and Wednesday 18th October 2017

200 yds west of Shore Hall Lane

Thinning out and removing old Goat Willows to nurture the little woodland, allow more light through to wild flowers and open up the area; creating habitat piles and collecting any litter

Wednesday 27th September 2017

WFA - east side of Hazlehead Bridge

Continuing to strim and rake the wild flower areas; removing low overhanging branches; building a new habitat pile further east.

Wednesday 20th September 2017

WFA - Shore Hall Lane 

Removing overhead branches and saplings to reduce shade over wild flower areas; raking the cut vegetation; pruning shrubs; creating habitat pies with the arisings, and collecting any litter.

Wednesday 13th September 2017

Wild Flower Area (WFA) - east side of Hazlehead Bridge

Removing overhead branches and saplings to reduce shade over wild flower areas; raking the cut vegetation; pruning shrubs; creating habitat piles with the arisings, and collecting any litter.

Wednesday 6th September 2017

WFA - Catshaw Bank; midway Bullhouse Bridge/Hazlehead Bridge 

Removing overhead branches and saplings to reduce shade over wild flower areas; raking the cut vegetation; creating habitat pies with the arisings, and collecting any litter.

Wednesday 30th August 2017

West side of Bullhouse Bridge

Removing overhead branches and saplings to reduce shade over wild flower areas; raking the cut vegetation; creating habitat pies with the arisings, and collecting any litter.

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Maintaining the wild flower areas


Wednesday 16th August 2017

Bullhouse Bridge wild flower areas

Maintaining the wild flower areas

Wednesday 19th July 2017

Between the access at St John's Community Centre and the bridge over Bridge St

Removing overhanging branches all along this stretch; collecting litter.

Wednesday 12th July 2017

The Magic Wood, just beyond Hazlehead Bridge Station

Maintenance  work: working with birch and willow to weave barriers for paths; pruning back vegetation; adding in new features.

Wednesday 5th July 2017

The Magic Wood, just beyond Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working with BMBC to maintain and develop this popular feature

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Eastfield Avenue access, Penistone

Painting the access barriers at Eastfield Avenue and cutting back overhanging branches at Sheffield Bridge

Wednesday 14th June 2017

Between the end of Penistone Show Ground (west) and the Cemetery Bridge

A second day removing overhanging branches and collecting litter.

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Between the (west) end of Penistone Show Ground and Cemetery Bridge

Removing overhanging branches and collecting litter.

Wednesday 31st May 2017

East of the Minewater Project board, beyond Bullhouse Bridge

Definitely our final session on this section! The area is looking very different now, with several useful deciduous species emerging from beneath broken bits of Goat Willow, and lots of sunshine falling on the north side of the route. Continuing to remove saplings from the drainage ditch, take down broken branches on the left (south) side of the route, and remove saplings on the right (north) side to create a basking surface - for creatures, not humans :)

Wednesday 24th May 2017


East of the Minewater Project board, beyond Bullhouse Bridge

We're really beginning to make a difference to this section of the Trail, with lots of native deciduous trees emerging from beneath the falling-about Goat Willows. We're probably going to be here for another couple of weeks or so, as there's still plenty to go at. Continuing to remove saplings from the drainage ditch, take down broken branches on the left (south) side of the route, and remove saplings on the right (north) side to create a basking surface - for creatures, not humans :)

Thursday 18th May 2017

East of the Minewater Project board, beyond Bullhouse Bridge

Continuing work to haul this section back towards some state of management...removing saplings from the drainage ditch; taking down broken branches etc

Wednesday 3rd May 2017

East of the Minewater Project board

Continuing work to haul this section back towards some state of management...removing saplings from the drainage ditch; taking down broken branches etc

Friday 28th April 2017

Between Bullhouse Bridge and Penistone Station

The second of two rolling workdays to tidy up all the seating areas along the Trail, in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire on 30th April. 

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Between Dunford Bridge and Penistone

A rolling workday to tidy up all the seating areas along the Trail, in preparation for the Tour de Yorkshire on 30th April. 

Wednesday 19th April 2017

Wild flower reserve: between Penistone Station and the Trans Pennine Trail

A final day clearing up this site and preparing it as a wild flower reserve.

Wednesday 12th April 2017

East of the Minewater Project board, just beyond Bullhouse Bridge

A second day at this site; removing fallen-over trees, broken branches, and overhang and establishing posts for willow tits where possible.

Wednesday 5th April 2017

East of the Minewater Project board, just beyond Bullhouse Bridge

Removing fallen-over trees, broken branches, and overhang and establishing posts for willow tits where possible

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Midway between Bullhouse bridge and Hazlehead Bridge

Working with Stephen Tarr to create a sculpture; using bow saws and loppers to trim wood and build a habitat pile; removing small saplings to open the view across the valley; establishing posts for willow tits where possible.

Wednesday 15th March 2017

West side of Bullhouse Chapel Bridge

Removing  dead and broken trees; pruning regrowth on both sides of the route to allow more light to reach the wild flowers

Wednesday 8th March 2017

Ecklands Bridge (near Bullhouse Bridge)

A second day at this site, which is reluctantly responding to the TPTcv treatment. We're hoping to have the chain-saw help of BMBC Rangers and will be removing the remaining wonky trees and tidying the area up. We built a couple of 5* habitat piles last week and will be adding material to those to support any lingering wildlife

Wednesday 1st March 2017


Ecklands Bridge (near Bullhouse Bridge)

A couple of trees have come down here recently; today we'll be working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to remove several wonky trees and generally drag this area back to civilisation... We'll build a couple of 5* habitat piles to support any lingering wildlife, and establish nesting posts for those very picky Willow Tits :)

Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Midway between the brick bridges (Bullhouse Bridge/Hazlehead Bridge)

We are removing a Goat Willow to further open up the views and increase light levels in this very dark section; transforming the stump into a sculpture. The wood will be trimmed and added to existing habitat piles to support the biodiversity of the area, which is compromised by the dense shade of the conifer plantation on the south side.

Wednesday 15th February 2017

Magic Wood - 100yds west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

During this workday - postponed from Jan 11th - we'll be working in the second half of the wood, repairing fences and making all safe. Weaving, staking, raking, pruning etc - tasks to suit all interests and skills, and biscuits to match!

Saturday 4th February 2017

Wild Flower Reserve between Penistone Station and the TPT

Continuing preparation of the site. Following the felling of the last saplings we'll be sorting out the timber and creating habitat piles with the brash

Weds 1st February 2017

Mid-way between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge; 5km/4km bench between the two brick under-bridges.
 
Returning to this site to continue creating views from the Trail. We'll also be building a habitat pile with the brash, and making nesting posts for willow tits where possible.

Weds 25th January 2017

East side of Hazlehead Bridge

We'll be maintaining and extending the wild flower area; cutting back regrowth and removing saplings on the south side of the Trail; building a habitat pile with the brash, and making nesting posts for willow tits.

Weds 18th January 2017

Mid-way between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge; 5km/4km bench between the two brick under-bridges.

We'll be cutting back regrowth to maintain the views from the bench, and working hard to create further views. We'll also be building a habitat pile with the brash, and making nesting posts for willow tits.

Weds 4th January 2017

Wild flower reserve between Penistone Station and the TPT

Continuing work at this site. With chain saws now permitted we should be able to make a radical difference to the site, not only opening up the area to full (sun)light, but revealing views of the old station buildings alongside the Trail. 


                                                                          2016



Friday 16th December 2016

Catshaw wild flower bank, midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge

We'll be celebrating the Christmas season by returning to the scene of local artist Stephen Tarr's latest sculpture - a rabbit - and helping helping him turn a nearby tree into a carrot! The tree, which is overshadowing the nearby wild flower bank, will be trimmed up and used to create a habitat pile where small mammals can shelter over the winter.

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Magic Wood, 300yds beyond Hazlehead Bridge

Carrying out maintenance work at this popular feature, and decorating it for Christmas


Wednesday 30th November 2016

St John's Community Centre access

Cutting back overhanging branches, regrowth and vegetation. We'll also collect rubbish and generally make sure this busy area stays open and attractive.


Wednesday 16th November 2016

West of Leapings Lane access

Continuing to remove the thousands of Ash saplings which have sprung up on both sides of the Trail; growing in the drainage ditch and blocking out the views. We'll also be collecting litter and cutting back overhanging branches, creating habitat piles with the brash. 

Friday 11th November 2016


Catshaw Bridge; midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge.

Working with local chain saw artist Stephen Tarr to create a sculpture alongside the Trail. This will involve felling a tress which is currently cast lots of shade over the wild flowers area. We'll build habitat piles from the cut timber. 

Saturday 5th November 2016   Celebration...TPTcv is 5 years old!

Land between Penistone Station and the Trail

Working with Penistone Line Partnership and BMBC Rangers to remove saplings and vegetation and create a wild flower reserve on the old railway beds; building habitat piles from the brash; opening up views of the old station buildings; collecting up any litter, and generally leaving the site open and attractive.

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

West side of the access at Leapings Lane

Continuing to remove the thousands of Ash saplings which have sprung up on both sides of the Trail; growing in the drainage ditch and blocking out the views. We'll also be collecting litter and cutting back overhanging branches, creating habitat piles with the brash. 

Wednesday 26th October 2016

Magic Wood, west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Carrying out maintenance of this popular feature, plus adding in one or two decorations for Halloween. 

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Land between Penistone Station and the Trans Pennine Trail

Working with Penistone Line Partnership and the Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to remove saplings and vegetation and create a wild flower reserve on the old railway beds; building habitat piles from the brash; opening up views of the old station buildings; collecting up any litter, and generally leaving the site open and attractive.

Wednesday 12th October 2016

West of Leapings Lane access

Ash saplings have sprung up in several areas of the Trail, none more so than on this section. We'll be removing as many as possible; recreating the views, and creating a new habitat pile. We'll also do a litter-pick, as usual.

Wednesday 5th October 2016

Penistone, east of the access at St John's

Completing work from the previous week.

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Penistone, east of the access at St John's

Working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team on a first effort to improve the verges through Penistone. When we thinned the trees here prior to the Tour de France, it looked great. But then the nettles appeared! Some nettles provide a useful habitat, but we can afford to lose most of them on this section. We'll be removing some of the trees to reduce the shade, and scraping off the nettles, along with the top layers of soil, before re-seeding with an appropriate wild flower mix. 

Wednesday 21st September 2016

Bullhouse Bridge access from A628

Working with Stephen Tarr as he creates a chain saw carving. The tree is one which needs sorting out, and this will also give us a chance to improve the access area, which is very dark, overgrown, and unattractive at the moment.

Wednesday 14th September 2016

Catshaw Bank, between Bullhouse Bridge And Hazlehead Bridge

Working with Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to cut the old vegetation back; raking the area, and removing any tree-regrowth - we're gradually thinning the trees opposite the bank, to allow more light to reach the wild flower area. We'll also do a litter-pick.

Wednesday 7th September 2016

Hazlehead Bridge Station; east side Hazlehead Bridge; west side Bullhouse Bridge

Working with Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to cut back the old vegetation; raking each area, and removing any tree-regrowth. We'll also do a litter-pick.

Wednesday 31st August 2016

Hornthwaite, quarter of a mile west of Penistone Skate Park.

Working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to cut the vegetation back in this area, where wild flowers are struggling to hold their own; raking the area, and removing any tree-regrowth.

Wednesday 24th August 2016

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to cut the vegetation back and rake the area.

Wednesday 17th August 2016

Bullhouse Bridge

Working with BMBC Rangers to maintain this lovely wild flower area.


Wednesday 13th July 2016

Between Bullhouse Bridge and Penistone Station

Visiting each of the fourteen seats and benches between Bullhouse Bridge and the station - strimming the vegetation, removing any overhead branches and ensuring the seat can be seen on approach, and the view is clear.

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Magic Wood, 100 yds west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing with maintenance work at this popular site: putting in stakes and weaving to create/repair barriers and make sure the paths are clear and safe.

Saturday 25th June 2016

East side of Hazlehead Bridge

We opened up this area a couple of years ago, and were rewarded by an increase in the number of wild flowers. Now the regrowth needs to be tackled so it doesn't encroach on these new areas.

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Land between Penistone Station and the TPT.

Working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to remove scrub from the area so that wild flowers can flourish.

Wednesday 15th June 2016

Magic Wood, one hundred yards west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working with BMBC Rangers and Penistone Clean & Tidy Team to maintain the Magic Wood. Securing stakes and weaving fences to renew barriers and ensure the paths are clear and safe.

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Between Dunford Bridge and Bullhouse Bridge picnic area

A rolling workday visiting every seat and bench to clear the vegetation; collect the litter, and make sure nothing's blocking the view.

Wednesday 18th May 2016

Land between Penistone Station and the Trail

Second day at this site, we'll continue removing the self-set trees, to create a more open area where, we hope, wild flowers will flourish.

Wednesday 11th May 2016

Leapings Lane access

Removing several broken branches to make the area more open and attractive; collecting rubbish;cleaning the signs.

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Hornthwaite Hill Cutting

Last visit to this area for this year. We've opened up the Trail quite a lot here but there are still several self-set Ash saplings to deal with before the vegetation takes over. We'll be building a habitat pile from the cut wood, and collecting any litter in the area.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Between Shore Hall Lane and Bullhouse Bridge

We'll be dealing with overhanging branches and removing broken branches close to the bench midway between the two access points, building habitat piles with the trimmings, and collecting any litter we find. 

Saturday 2nd April

Cancelled

Thursday 31st March 2016

Land behind Penistone Station

First day of a community project to convert this piece of wasteland into a wild flower eadow.

Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Hazlehead Bridge Station/Bullhouse Bridge

Working at both picnic areas to make sure they are up and running for the new season: pruning trees, removing branches causing shade; cleaning tables, signs and information panels, and collecting any litter.

Thursday 3rd March 2016

Cemetery Bridge, Penistone

Working with Stephen Tarr to fell a tree and create a chain saw carving in the trunk

Wednesday 2nd March 2016

Hornthwaite Hill Cutting west

This area has lots of self-set Ash saplings; we'll be thinning them out and removing overhead branches, creating habitat piles with the trimmings, and  collecting any litter we find. 

Thursday 25th February 2016

East of the access at Shore Hall Lane

Laying a hedge; a workday led by Sustrans Ecologist, David Watson

Wednesday 24th February 2016

West of the access at Leapings Lane

This area has lots of self-set saplings; we'll be thinning them out and removing overhead branches, creating habitat piles with the trimmings, and  collecting any litter we find.

Saturday 13th February 2016

Hornthwaite Hill Cutting

Continuing to remove Ash seedlings, brambles, and regrowth, to open up this dark area.

Wednesday 10th February 2016

Hornthwaite Hill Cutting

This area has a huge number of Ash saplings, which we've been aiming to deal with for some time. There are several small Oaks struggling to come through, so as well as removing the Ash we'll be making sure the Oaks have plenty of light and space to help them flourish. We'll create habitat piles with the trimmings, and  collect any litter we find.

Thursday 28th January 2016

Stottercliffe Cutting, 200yds west of Penistone Skate Park

Continuing at this site - clearing aroung Broom and small Oaks on the Rhs, and around the bench.

Wednesday 20th January 2016

Stottercliffe Cutting, 200yds west of the skate park on the edge of Penistone.

Another visit to this rather dark, damp, section; removing overhang and pruning round the Oak saplings and Broom.

Wednesday 13th January 2016

Penistone Station - Eastfield Avenue access

A final effort for this space. The little wooded area opposite the station access is coming along well, with assorted saplings beginning to emerge. We may have to return to look at the jumble of trees on the bank at eastfield access.

Saturday 9th January 2016

Penistone Station - Eastfield Avenue access

Another go at getting this section sorted. It's been unattractive for years, and as it's the first thing to greet people arriving onto the Trail from the station, we're working hard to get it right. Thinning Goat trees to allow other young species to come through; pruning shrubs, collecting litter.

Thursday 7th January 2016

The Magic Wood, 200yds west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Maintenance work including making sure posts and barriers are stable. We'll also be taking down the Christmas decorations and replacing them with one or two other bits of magic.




                                       2015


Wednesday 16th December 2015

The Magic Wood, 200yds west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

The Magic Wood is popular with many Trail users, and needs regular care to keep it safe and lovely. We'll be weaving new and old barriers, ensuring all posts are stable, and removing any sticky-out bits that can catch people unawares. We'll also be feasting on seasonal treats to keep us merry as we work, and when all's done, we'll decorate the wood for Christmas!

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Penistone Station - Eastfield Avenue access

This is the second day on this part of our secttion of the TPT. One of the most unloved stretches of the Trail in Penistone, we've already made big improvements, and will be continuing with work to redduce overhang; remove dead wood; thin self-set saplings; prune shrubs; and cut back the vegetation alongside the route. We'll also be doing another litter pick.

Wednesday 25th November 2015

Penistone Station - Eastfield Avenue access

This is one of the most unloved stretches of the Trail through Penistone. We've had two workdays here before and it still looks just as bad. We'll be cutting back vegetation and overhanging branches, removing self set saplings, pruning unwieldy shrubs, and collecting litter, to try and bring it into the 21st century.

Wednesday 11th November 2015

Cemetery Bridge, Stottercliffe Cutting

Continuing to lighten this dark area; making it more open by removing overhead branches, saplings, broken trees, and undergrowth

Saturday 7th November 2015

Eastfield Avenue access, Penistone

We'll be cutting the vegetation back, and clearing regrowth and self-set saplings to keep this access nice and open. We'll be hoovering up cakes left over from our celebration workday last Wednesday :)

Wednesday 4th November 2015   Celebration...TPTcv is 4 years old!

Cemetery Bridge, just beyond the skate park on the edge of Penistone.

Lightening this dark area by removing overhead branches, saplings, broken trees, and undergrowth. Eating cake :)

Thursday 29th October 2015

Cemetery Bridge, just beyond the skate park on the edge of Penistone.

Lightening this dark area by removing overhead branches, saplings, broken trees, and undergrowth.

Wednesday 21st October 2015

St John's Community Centre access, Penistone

Cutting back regrowth and overhanging branches to keep this area light and open; collecting litter.

Thursday 8th October 2015

Cemetery Bridge, just beyond the skate park on the edge of Penistone.

Continuing work to reduce overhanging branches in this rather dark area; collecting litter.

Saturday 3rd October 2015

Between the skate park and Cemetery Bridge, Penistone.

Removing saplings growing through/beside the fence on the left hand side. In time these will destroy the fence, so we need to remove them before they get any bigger!

Wednesday 30th September 2015

First brick bridge, midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge. 

Cutting back saplings and regrowth

Wednesday 23rd September 2015

Adjacent Cemetery Bridge, Penistone.

Cutting back overhanging branches; removing Ash saplings; collecting litter.

Wednesday 9th September 2015

Catshaw Bank

Wild flower conservation work, plus pruning Goat Willows over-shading Oak saplings.

Wednesday 2nd Septenber 2015

Shore Hall Lane

Wild flower conservation

Saturday 5th September 2015

Magic Wood, nr Hazlehead Bridge Station

Maintaining paths and fences

Wednesday 2nd September 2015

Shore Hall Lane

Wild flower conservation work; cutting back regrowth

Wednesday 26th August 2015

Hornthwaite

Wild flower conservation work: raking, cutting back overhanging branches.

Wednesday 19th August 2015

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Wild flower conservation work

Wednesday 12th August 2015

Bullhouse Bridge

Wild flower conservation work.

Wednesday 5th August 2015

1/8km bench, quarter mile east of Dunford Bridge.

Removing brown-leaved Goat Willow saplings affected by the dry weather.

Saturday 1st August 2015

Adjacent to Wogden Foot nature reserve, between Hazlehead Bridge and Dunford Bridge.

A number of Goat Willow trees have succumbed to the lack of rain/poor nutrient levels in the soil, and - you may already have noticed - have brown leaves. We''ll be removing the worst hit and trimming them up to create habitat piles on site.

Wednesday 22nd July

Leapings Lane west to the km bench.

Removing dead branches and branches overhanging the Trail.

Saturday 4th July 2015

Minewater Project board, 10 mins west of Bullhouse Bridge.

Removing saplings and small branches leaning on to the Trail or blocking a view.

Wednesday 24th June 2015

Magic Wood, near Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working at the back of the wood, to remove small branches and saplings + adding in one or two new surprises.

Saturday 20th June 2015

Magic Wood, near Hazlehead Bridge Station

It's time to give the Magic Wood some TLC - mending barriers; weaving new shoots; maintaining paths; sprinkling new magic....

Wednesday 10th June 2015

Leapings Lane

Removing Ash saplings; tidying vegetation around seating area.

Wednesday 27th May 2015

Midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge.

Removing saplings at two sites: the edge of  a drainage ditch near Catshaw Bridge, and the south side of the Trail, overlooking the 'orange lake'.

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Working east from Dunford Bridge.

Removing Rhododendron bushes (an invasive species) and pulling out the zillion sapling which are having a party-time edging the drainage ditch.

Saturday 2nd May 2015

8/1km bench; quarter of a mile east of Dunford Bridge

Improving the area around the bench.

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th April 2015

Between the access at Leapings Lane, and the 2/7km bench.

Working with S and J Logging to fell unstable trees on both sides of the Trail; sorting out the cut timber.

Friday 17th April 2015

Access to the Trail from the A616 and the west side of Hazlehead Bridge .

Working with S and J Logging to fell Goat Willow trees damaged by last season's weather.

Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th April 2015

Midway between Bullhouse and Hazlehead

Working with S and J Logging to fell Goat Willow trees damaged by the recent wild wind and woolly weather. We'll be helping to sort out the cut timber and creating five-star habitat piles with the dead wood, for our long-suffering invertebrates.

Saturday 11th April 2015

(1) West side of Bullhouse Bridge, adjacent to Penistone Wire (2) fifteen minutes west of Bullhouse Bridge.

Planting native trees (Oak, Hawthorn, Rowan, and Hazel) to replace damaged trees removed recently.

Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th April 2015

West side of Hazlehead Bridge.

Working with S and J Logging to fell Goat Willow trees damaged by last season's weather.

Tuesday 7th April 2015

Seven minutes brisk walk east of Hazlehead Bridge

We'll be working with S and J Logging to remove a number of broken trees and branches, dealing with the cut timber.

Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th March 2015

Seven minutes walk east of Hazlehead Bridge

Working with S and J Logging to fell Goat Willow trees damaged by the recent wild wind and woolly weather. We'll be helping to sort out the cut timber and creating dead wood piles to cheer the local beetles.

Saturday 21st March 2015

Penistone Station to the Skate Park.

Community Clear Up Day - collecting litter on the Trans Pennine Trail through Penistone.

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Bullhouse Bridge + Hazlehead Bridge Station.

Wild Flower Workday - working with BMBC Countryside Rangers to prepare these wild flower areas for the coming season, and giving the picnic tables and signs a spring clean.

Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Friday 20th March 2015

Midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge.

Working with S and J Logging to fell Goat Willow trees damaged by the recent wind and weather; we'll be helping to sort out the cut timber; creating dead wood piles to cheer the beetles; and cutting back brambles to encourage  flowers to bloom in this shady spot.

Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th March 2015

At the first brick bridge: midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge.

Working with S and J Logging to remove a number of broken trees and branches from this section of the Trail.

Saturday 7th March 2015

East of the access at Shore Hall Lane

This is another wild flower area; we'll be cutting back vegetation and removing old wood and overhead branches, as well as giving the seating area a spring clean - literally! We'll also gradually take down an uprooted multi-stem Goat Willow, currently swaying in the breeze...

Wednesday 4th March 2015

East of Hazlehead Bridge

We've done quite a bit of work at this site. First we cut back the overhanging branches: it was one of the worst spots - horse riders had to ride single file, and then duck - and then we removed some of the Silver Birch lining the left hand (south) side near the bridge, to let lots more light in and open up the view. Happily, wild flowers began to appear here (among which Russian Comfrey), and we've been looking after the area ever since to try and encourage these wild flowers. The day will be a mixture of removing a few more of the linear Birch on the left hand side, and any tree regrowth, and cutting back the vegetation to give the flowers a good start.

Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th February 2015

Between the Millennium Bridge, which crosses the A628 at Bullhouse Bridge, a short section west of Bullhouse Chapel Bridge.

Working with S and J Logging to remove a number of trees which have been damaged by the recent heavy snow falls and high winds.

Wednesday 18th February 2015

Ten minutes west of Bullhouse Bridge

We'll be removing some of the saplings on the Rhs of the Trail to reveal the lovely view.

Wednesday 11th February 2015

Magic Wood, five minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge.

We'll be giving the magic Wood a good tidying up and sort out. Birch Trees drop lots of little twigs at this time of year; we'll be raking them all up and doing little bits of repair to structures in the wood.

Saturday 7th February 2015

Two minutes west of the Leapings Lane access.

Cutting back regrowth and self-set saplings, and removing small trees blocking the sunlight on the left (south) side of the Trail.


Wednesday 4th February 2015


West of Leapings Lane, access.

Cutting back regrowth and self-set saplings, and removing small trees blocking the sunlight on the left (south) side of the Trail.

Saturday 10th January 2015

Leapings Lane, west of the access

We last worked here in April 2013, and since then everything's been merrily growing.... On the workday we'll be dealing with regrowth, as well as removing the many saplings which have sprung up on both sides of the Trail. 

Wednesday 7th January 2015

West of Catshaw Bridge; five mins east of Hazlehead Bridge.

Snow brought a number of trees and branches down on our section of the Trail. Volunteers have been out making sure the route is passable, on this first workday of 2015, we'll be tidying up as much of the debris as we can.



                                                                                                          2014



Saturday 6th December 2014

St John's access, and Eastfield Avenue access, Penistone.

We'll be clearing vegetation at St John's and sowing seeds at Eastfield Avenue + litter picking of course!

Wednesday 12th November 2014

Between Hornthwaite Hill Road Bridge and Leapings Lane

This is quite a damp and overgrown section of the Trail, with thousands of Ash saplings threatening to make it even more overgrown. We'll be pulling out the smallest saplings and cutting back as many of the rest as we've time for in one day.

Saturday 1st November 2014

Eastfield Avenue access

This area was nicely opened up in January this year, now it's overgrown and looking less than attractive. We'll be pruning the new shoots back, and clearing the vegetation to restore it to civilisation once again.

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Immediately west of Bullhouse Bridge, adjacent to Penistone Wire.

This is the last of the wild flower areas we'll be dealing with and is an important site for Ragged Robin. We'll be raking up the mown grass, to prevent it from breaking down and enriching the soil, and pruning out any branches or trees casting shadow over the area. We'll also be opening up the view on the other side if we have time.

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Nr. Cote Bank Bridge, 10mins west of Hazlehead Bridge.

This bank is potentially a very good site for wild flowers; you may have spotted tall Dark Mullein growing there, or the brown seed pods. Unfortunately brambles and nettles are threatening to take it over. This year we're having a go at cutting back the coarse vegetation, to try and give the wild flowers a better chance. We'll be raking up the cut material to prevent it from breaking down and enriching the soil, and removing small trees and branches on the other side of the Trail to allow more light to fall on the bank. 

Wednesday 15th October 2014

5 minutes east of Hazlehead Bridge.

We did a lot of work here nearly two years ago, to widen out the Trail. Now all the trees are starting to grow again and threatening to close back in! We'll be removing small trees and branches to open up the route and allow light on to the Trail, and building habitat piles with the cut timber. 

Wednesday 8th October 2014

Shore Hall Lane.

The wild flowers are really pretty on this part of the Trail; this workday will help to maintain the flowers, and the view, and generally tidy up this attractive spot. Work will involve raking vegetation, and removing small trees and branches to reveal the view and allow light on to the Trail; building habitat piles with the cut timber. 

Saturday 4th October 2014

Catshaw Bank, nr. Catshaw Bridge, 10 mins east of Hazlehead Bridge/20 mins west of Bullhouse Bridge.

The wild flower bank here is always full of wild flowers; it's a pleasure from spring, right through to September. It's especially important to cut these areas back at this time of year; we'll also be pruning the trees and removing anything causing shade over the area.

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Just over the bridge from the Bullhouse Bridge picnic area,  adjacent to Penistone Wire.

This is a slightly unloved bit of the Trail, but there's a good view from here, if you just turn your back on the building - and in the summer it's one of the best places to see the wild flower, Ragged Robin. The workday will involve raking vegetation, and removing small trees and branches to reveal the view and allow light on to the Trail. We'll be building habitat piles with the cut timber. 

Wednesday 24th September 2014

At the bench marked 4km/5km Penistone/Dunford Bridge, between the Minewater Project board and Hazlehead Bridge

Removing small trees and branches, to reveal the view and allow light on to the Trail, building habitat piles with the cut timber. 

Wednesday 17th September 2014

Hornthwaite wild flower area

We did a really good job here last April, cutting back the grass and coarse plants to give the wild flowers a chance. It's really important to cut back the spring and summer's growth now, to prevent it dying back and enriching the soil. We've already done the strimming; on Wednesday we'll rake the area; cut back overhanging branches, and remove any trees which are causing shade, to ensure there's a good display of flowers next spring.

Wednesday 10th September 2014

East of Hazlehead Bridge

The vegetation has been strimmed and brush cut here - once the seeds have had a chance to drop, we'll rake the area; cut back overhanging branches, and remove any trees which are causing shade, to ensure a good display of flowers next spring.

Saturday 6th September 2014

Bullhouse Bridge

This is one of our main wild flower areas. BMBC rangers mowed it for us last Wednesday and by the time we arrive, the seeds will have dropped into the soil, we hope, ready for next year. We'll be raking the mowings, and removing overhanging branches and any trees casting shade over the area.

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Wild Flower Area maintenance: BMBC Rangers mowed here last Wednesday; now we need to rake the area, cut back overhanging branches, and remove any trees which are causing shade.

Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Magic Wood: two minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working in the Magic Wood, creating walls/weaving barriers to define the pathways; removing stumps and other hazardous elements.


Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Magic Wood: two minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Working in the Magic Wood, creating walls/weaving barriers to define the pathways; removing stumps and other hazardous elements.

Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd July 2014       


Tidy up for the Tour de France: all along  the Trail, starting out from Dunford Bridge.   

Moving along the Trail clearing round benches, cutting back vegetation, cleaning information panels, picnic tables etc.


Wednesday 25th June 2014

The Magic Wood: two minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing with work begun previously: creating a maze of paths through the Silver birch saplings, with associated habitat barriers and hedging, and removing hazards such as stumps and sharp twigs at eye-height. 


Wednesday 11th June 2014

The Magic Wood: five minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing with work begun previously: creating a maze of paths through the Silver birch saplings, with associated habitat barriers and hedging, and removing hazards such as stumps and sharp twigs at eye-height. 

Sunday 8th June 2014

The Magic Wood: five minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing with work begun previously: creating a maze of paths through the Silver birch saplings, with associated habitat barriers and hedging, and removing hazards such as stumps and sharp twigs at eye-height. 

Thursday 5th June 2014

The Magic Wood: five minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing with work begun previously: creating a maze of paths through the Silver birch saplings, with associated habitat barriers and hedging, and removing hazards such as stumps and sharp twigs at eye-height. 

Thursday 29th May 2014

Stottercliffe Cutting.

We'll be clearing around the bench, which is gradually disappearing beneath the undergrowth; removing lots of saplings and broken branches, and disentangling the Broom from the brambles which are threatening to engulf them. 

Wednesday 21st May 2014

East of Ecklands Bridge.

General tidying up of this area: clearing broken branches away, removing saplings and overhanging vegetation, and clearing around the bridge itself .

Wednesday 23rd April 2014

West of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Continuing to create a Magic Wood!


Wednesday 16th April 2014

West of Hazlehead Bridge Station

Come and help us create a Magic Wood!


Wednesday 9th April 2014

West of Stottercliffe Wood, near Hornthwaite Farm Bridge

We'll be cutting back last year's growth, and raking the risings off, to give this year's plants a good start. We'll also be trimming off any branches over-shading the area, pruning shrubs, and collecting litter. 

Saturday 5th April 2014

Immediately west of Bullhouse Bridge

We'll be cutting back the old vegetation from last year, to give the plants on this special wild flower area the best chance. We'll also be removing any overhead branches, to reduce shade, and while we're near, we'll dust off the picnic site at Bullhouse Bridge to make sure it's looking it's very best, ready for visitors.

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Penistone, between the bridge over Sheffield Road and St John's access.

Continuing from recent workdays on this section of the Trail: removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter.

Wednesday 26th March 2014

Penistone, close to the bridge over Sheffield Road.

Continuing from recent workdays on this section of the Trail: removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter.

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Penistone, east of Bridge St Bridge.

Continuing from recent workdays on this section of the Trail: removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter.

Wednesdy 12th March 2014

Penistone, east of Bridge St Bridge.

Continuing from recent workdays on this section of the Trail: removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter.

Wednesday 5th march 2014

Penistone, east of Bridge St Bridge.

Removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter!

Saturday 1st March

Penistone, nr St John's Community Centre access

We'll be continuing to improve this section of the Trail, by removing many of the self-seeded trees, pruning the vegetation back, opening views where possible, and collecting litter.

Wednesday 26th February 2014

Hazlehead Bridge Station

We will be dealing with all the cut wood which remains after preparation work for the picnic site here.

Wednesday 19th February2014

Penistone, between St John's Community Centre access and Bridge Street Bridge.

Like the previous workday, we'll be working to thin out some of the many self-seeded trees, removing small trees where we can reveal a view of the valley and the viaduct.

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Penistone, between St John's Community Centre access and Bridge Street Bridge.

Working to thin out some of the many self-seeded trees, removing small trees, and pruning the vegetation back.

Saturday 1st February 2014

Penistone, St John's Community Centre access.

We'll be continuing the thinning of self-seeded trees; removing small trees to reveal views and lighten the Trail.


COPPICING

Tues 28th, Thurs 30th, Fri 31st January 2014

Penistone, Eastfield Avenue access

Work to open up the access here: increasing light and improving sight lines.


Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Penistone, between St John's access and the bridge over Shrewsbury Road, near Eastfield Avenue

Work will involve cutting back and thinning vegetation and overhanging branches, collecting litter, and general tidying.

Wednesday 15th January 2014

West of Hazlehead Bridge Station

We visited this site on 27th November last: on this workday we'll be continuing from where we left off and removing as many of the young trees as we can of the hundreds which have taken over the left (south) side of the Trail.  


Saturday 11th January 2014


Penistone: St John's access

As the trees have grown, they have shrouded the street lights, making the Trail dark. We will remove branches and small trees, to make the Trail lighter, and we'll also do some litter-picking, and generally tidy up the area.



                                                                                                          
2013



Wednesday 11th December 2013    

Christmas Workday!

Hazlehead Bridge Station

We'll be putting our gazebo up and celebrating the season with mince pies and other Christmas fare! In between, we'll be working hard to remove the last of the straggly Goat willow, and trimming tree stumps so they are flush with the ground.

Saturday 7th December 2013

Penistone, St John's

As the trees have grown, they have shrouded the street lights, making the Trail dark. We will remove branches and small trees, to make the Trail lighter, and we'll also do some litter-picking, and generally tidy up the area.

Wednesday 27th Nove
mber 2013

Five minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge Station

We'll be dealing with a very overgrown patch of the Trail; making it wider, lighter - and perhaps, drier. We will be trimming the cut wood to create habitat piles.

Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd November

Hazlehead Bridge Station

We'll be working with Rupert Clamp, of  Wild Service, to coppice trees alongside the Trail in order to increase light levels and open up views. The cut timber will be trimmed so that, ultimately, it can be turned into chairs; pea sticks; artists' charcoal, and other useful items. 
Wednesday 13th November 2013         

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Final preparation for the picnic site - with cake this time, because we are Two!  

Saturday 2nd November 2013

Hazlehead Bridge Station

We'll be continuing to create the new picnic area at the old station, removing the several million young birch trees which have been growing merrily on both sides here. The timber will be used by Rupert Clamp (Wild Service) to create articles of furniture, pea sticks, artists' charcoal, and other useful items - so no habitat building :)

Wednesday 30th October 2013


Bullhouse Bridge

We'll be extending the picnic site to include a third table. Work will involve clearing vegetation and pruning two Goat trees to allow the two young oaks growing beneath them to flourish; these, rather than the goats, will eventually provide the shade for the new picnic table. We'll also deal with branches which are overhanging the Trail and Wild Flower Area 4, and give the existing furniture a wash and brush-up.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

Hazlehead Bridge Station

Following news of our successful funding bid, we'll be creating a new picnic area at the old station, and getting it ready to install two picnic tables. We'll be working with Wild Service to remove several of the young birch trees on the south side of the station.

Wednesday 16th October 2013

Near Cote Bank Bridge, 10 minutes west of Hazlehead Bridge (towards Dunford Bridge)

This is Wild Flower Area 14 on our map of wild flowers; we'll be cutting back grass and old flower heads on the bank, and raking, to promote wild flower growth for next year. We'll also remove overhanging branches, and saplings which are shading the area. 

Saturday 5th October 2013

Near Catshaw Bridge, 10 minutes east of Hazlehead Bridge.

The bank on the north side of the Trail, just beyond Catshaw bridge, has been full of wild flowers for several months. Now we need to cut back  grass and old flower heads and rake the area, to ensure that the display next year is just as good, if not better. We'll also remove low level branches which are causing shade. 


Tuesday 24th September 2013

Near Hornthwaite Farm Bridge: 100 yards west (towards Bullhouse Bridge) of Cemetery Bridge/Stottercliff Wood.

Work will involve cutting back grass and old flower heads, and raking, to promote wild flower growth for next year. We'll also remove overhanging branches, and saplings, which are shading this area. 

Saturday 7th September 2013

Cote Bank Bridge, west of Hazlehead Bridge.

This section is quite overgrown, and in the round-the-corner-autumn, will be dark and damp; we'll cut back the vegetation around the bridge, and let the light in.

Wednesday 4th September 2013


Shore Hall Lane
 
We have some brilliant spots for wild flowers on the Trail. On this workday, and others in September and October, we'll be working hard to maintain these special areas. Work will involve cutting back grasses and plants, and raking; we'll also remove low level branches which are causing shade. 

Wednesday 31st July 2013


East of  Hazlehead Bridge Station (towards Penistone).

We've done a lot of work between the Minewater Project board (where the orange lake is) and Hazlehead Bridge Station, and this section is part of the bit in the middle we've not tackled yet. We'll be removing overhead branches; some of them are now so low that they are impeding trail users - except furry ones with tails.
 
Saturday 6th July 2013

Near Dunford Bridge.

Work will involve remove saplings from around a very pretty waterfall, on the left hand side of the Trail approaching Dunford Bridge.

Wednesday 26th June 2013

Near Dunford Bridge.

We'll be clearing around a clough on the left hand side, currently hidden behind saplings, to make an attractive area to sit, and allow more sunlight to reach the Trail.

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Bullhouse Bridge picnic site.

We'll be working to polish up the site, now all the major work has been completed - making paths, removing tree stumps, litter-picking etc etc etc!

Saturday 1st June 2013


Hornthwaite Bridge, Thurlstone.

Working towards the opening of the picnic site in July, we'll be painting  Hornthwaite Bridge; clearing round the km bench and opening up the view; collecting litter; removing broken branches and overhanging vegetation, and generally tidying up this area.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013


Sheffield Road Bridge and surrounds , Penistone.

We'll be finishing off painting the bridge (and hopefully not starting again at the other end!) and also cutting back any overhanging branches and collecting litter - just generally beautifying this section of the Trail to make it one of the top tourist destinations in Yorkshire.

Wednesday 8th May 2013

Eastfield Avenue access and Sheffield Road Bridge, in Penistone.

There are quite a lot of overhanging branches on this section; some trees are shooting up on the left hand side, and trees cut last year have sprung up again. We'll also collect litter - and if the weather's reasonable, we might paint the bridge!

Saturday 4th May 2013

Between Penistone Station and the access at Eastfield Avenue.

We have never worked on this section - it's not the lovliest bit of the Trail, but let's see what we can do to brush it up! Work will involve removing  branches which overhang  the Trail; tidying up broken branches; and taking out young saplings - we'll also do a litter pick and remove any graffiti.

Wednesday 24th April 2013

Stottercliff Wood

As well as snowdrops, coltsfoot, and daffodils, a lot of litter has appeared here over the last week or so. We'll be working to improve the appearance of the Trail all along this section, by collecting up the litter; pruning back overhanging branches; and carefully removing the soil from the side of the Trail, which may be overlaying wild flowers.

Wednesday 10th April 2013


Near Shore Hall Lane access.

We'll be continuing work on this stretch, begun on Saturday, aiming to create a pleasant environment by removing small branches and trees to allow sunlight to reach the Trail, and make more of the view. We'll also be tidying the piles of wood on the left hand side, and collecting any litter.

Saturday 6th April 2013

Midway between Leapings Lane and Shore Hall Lane.

We will be doing lots of phase two and phase three work – work which is not immediately essential, but which will bring about improvements to the Trail. This could involve removing small trees or branches to reveal a view or let light on to the Trail; moving piles of wood or other material to improve the appearance of the Trail; collecting litter; or clearing access paths.


Wednesday 13th March 2013

Beyond the Minewater Project Board, between the brick bridges midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge

We will be continuing with this very shady part of the Trail, cutting back overhead branches, clearing round the seating area and, if there is time, opening up the wonderful views. We are likely to return to this part of the Trail in the autumn, when the birds have finished with it.

Wednesday 6th March 2013

Beyond the Minewater Project Board, between the brick bridges midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge

Continuing with work here, removing overhead branches on the Trail, between the two brick bridges.

Saturday 2nd March 2013

Beyond the Minewater Project Board, midway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge

This is another particularly overgrown section of the Trail, and on this second workday here we shall be attempting to cut back and remove as much of the vegetation as we can before the spring.
Read the Report.

Wednesday 27th February 2013

Leapings Lane

An impromptu workday, clearing round the seating area and trying to make it look more attractive.

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Beyond the Minewater Project Board, west of Bullhouse Bridge

This is the worst bit of the worst bit! The first of two days here - we will work quickly to clear overhead branches, trying to work as far as the first brick bridge.

Friday 15th February 2013

Near Hazlehead Bridge

This is our last scheduled workday here for the  12/13 autumn winter season, so we shall be removing as much of the tree-growth overhanging the Trail as possible, working near the bridge itself and on the short area between the access and the bridge.

Saturday 2nd February 2013

Near Hazlehead Bridge

Continuing work here, to clear overhanging vegetation and open up the extensive views.

Wednesday 16th January 2013

Near Hazlehead Bridge

Working with BMBC Rangers and continuing with work at Hazlehead.
Read the Report


Wednesday 9th January 2013

Near Hazlehead Bridge

Continuing with work to lighten the Trail at Hazlehead.


Saturday 5th January 2013

Near Hazlehead Bridge

We will be pruning out trees and overhanging branches to open up the view and allow more light on to the Trail, trimming the wood to create habitat piles.


                                                                                                              2012

Wednesday 12th December 2012

At Bullhouse Bridge

We will be working with BMBC rangers on an area near to the bridge;  creating a suitable environment for the picnic tables and other seating which we will be installing there very soon. There will be a variety of tasks, from vegetation clearance to scrub removal and raking. This is the first part of our first project (see News).


Wednesday 21st November 2012

Midway between Shore Hall Lane and Bullhouse Bridge.

There is barely room to get a tall squirrel through here, so we shall be diving in with bow saws at the ready and removing the encroaching vegetation and overhead branches.  

Wednesday 7th November 2012


Bullhouse Bridge

We will be working at Bullhouse Bridge itself, removing small trees to open up the area from the Penistone direction. 

Saturday 3rd November 2012 -
 it's our birthday, and we are 1 year old!

Bullhouse Bridge

This will be our 12th workday, and it will be a year since the first TPTcv workday was held at Leapings Lane. 
Come and help us celebrate our first birthday - there'll be the usual free tea, coffee, and biscuits, but we'll also be having cake, and christening the new Big Kettle and new 4 pint Teapot.

We've done quite a lot of work here recently, and if you've been along you'll have noticed the difference. On this workday we plan to complete the section between Bullhouse Bridge and Bullhouse Chapel Bridge (where we worked last January). This is quite a tall order, but with cake to strengthen us, who knows!
Read the Report.

Wednesday 24th October 2012


Work will  involve enhancing the seating area at the Minewater Project board between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead.There is, potentially,  a lovely view across the valley here - we've begun to open up the view, and will be continuing with this, as well as making the seating area more obvious and attractive as you approach from each direction.

Thursday 11th October 2012

On this midweek workday we will be continuing with work near Bullhouse Bridge, removing small trees and overhanging branches; trimming the cut wood and creating habitat piles behind the Trail.

Saturday 6th October 2012

Near Hazlehead Bridge  

Work will involve pruning the vegetation back to widen the Trail at this narrow point, and to allow more light to reach the Trail; retaining the open views, and creating habitat piles as we go. 
Read the report.

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Near Bullhouse Bridge

On this midweek workday we will be looking to improve the Trail between Shore Hall Lane and Bullhouse Bridge, just before Ecklands Bridge. This part of the Trail is very shaded and overgrown - by removing some of the dense growth we will encourage the surface to dry out and enable wild flowers to germinate.  

Saturday 2nd June 2012


Between St John's Community Centre and Bridge Street, Penistone. 

We are again continuing the work of the previous couple of workdays, pruning tiny trees and individual branches impeding the Trail, cleaning the noticeboards and signs, enhancing seating areas to make them more attractive, and removing litter. This time however (weather permitting) we shall be painting the Bridge Street bridge, which is covered with graffiti. 

Sunday 6th May 2012

Between St John's Community Centre and Bridge Street, Penistone. 

This workday is a continuation of the work we did last time, and again offers a mixture of activities: lots of pruning of (very) small trees and low branches, cleaning the noticeboards and signs, enhancing seating areas to make them more attractive, and removing litter.  

Sunday 1st April 2012

Between Eastfield Avenue and Bridge Street, Penistone.   

This workday offers a mixture of tasks: lots of pruning of (very) small trees and low branches, cleaning graffiti from the noticeboards and signs, enhancing seating areas to make them more attractive, and removing litter. The levels of litter and graffiti are not serious (apart from the two bridges) considering how close to the town the trail runs and how heavily used it is, but there are a surprising number of little trees to remove.
Read the 
Report

Sunday 4th March 2012

Midway between Bullhouse Bridge (A628) and Hazlehead Bridge (A616).

This will be our last chance to deal with encroaching vegetation before handing over to the birds for the spring and summer. We'll be tackling a particularly shady section about halfway between Bullhouse Bridge and Hazlehead Bridge; opening it up to allow the light and sunshine in, and creating habitat piles with the trimmings. The BMBC rangers will be working with us, and will have a chipper with them, so between us we should be able to make a real difference to this part of the trail. 
Read the
 Report




Thursday 1st March 2012             

Between Leapings lane and Shore Hall Lane. 

Today we are continuing with the section we worked on 12th February. The BMBC rangers will be bringing a chipper so we shall be able to deal with a lot of the branches quickly + we'll be creating some habitat piles.
Read the
 Report

Sunday 12th February 2012
 
Between Leapings lane (Thurlstone) and Shore Hall Lane. 

To the left of the trail, along the entire section between the Leapings Lane access and Shore Hall Lane, a huge number of saplings are growing in the drainage ditch.  Although this is easy work in terms of the sawing – some are small enough for loppers – the quantity represents a significant amount of work. This does mean, however, that we should be able to produce a marked difference to the trail very quickly. To the right of the trail lots of young trees have sprung up and are threatening to obscure the lovely open views. We'll be selectively pruning these out – work which, again, should bring about an immediate improvement to the trail.
Read the 
Report

Sunday 8th January 2012

Bullhouse Chapel Bridge, west of Bullhouse Bridge (A628). 

The main purpose of our work will be to clear foliage away from the bridge, and if we have time, from around seats and signs. If the weather is very wet we'll concentrate our efforts around the bridge which crosses over the trail, to give us some shelter. We are again working with BMBC rangers which will allow us to make significant improvements to this section of the trail. 


2011

Sunday 4th December 2011 

Ecklands Bridge, east of Bullhouse Bridge (A628).


Today we'll be concentrating on removing the many saplings and young trees which crowd the trail on this section, clearing away foliage from the bridge, seats and signs (cleaning them where necessary); and removing litter. Two rangers from BMBC will be accompanying us, so we should be able to make a huge difference to this part of the trail between us. 

Sunday  6th November 2011

Leapings Lane, Thurlstone.

We shall be removing and trimming back encroaching vegetation, pruning out saplings, removing litter, cleaning signs, and ensuring the surface of the track is free of debris. Read the Report.







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