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What's New Archive for 2010

7th September 2010
Leeds Urban Harvest Picking & Preserving Weekend

Are you interested in harvesting, juicing and preserving fruit in North Leeds? Yes? ...Then please get involved with Leeds Urban Harvest. The first picking and preserving weekend is 11th and 12th September 2010.

Leeds Urban Harvest is a voluntary run project that collects and distributes soft fruits that grow unharvested around our city on trees and bushes in both public and private spaces.

Fruit is distributed to groups, volunteers and the local community. Damaged fruits are turned into juice, preserves, jams and chutneys. Any money raised is put back into the project to help with running costs. We are also creating a detailed reference map of Leeds with location and tree information for future harvests, accessible to anyone.

As part of the project we aim to raise awareness of the great abundance of local tasty and healthy food that is available for everyone and for free.

For more information, please see www.leedsurbanharvest.org.uk

6th September 2010

GROUNDWORK is delivering a series of free bat walks which are open to the general public and will be led by trained volunteers. The walks, taking place at various locations across Leeds, have been funded by the West Yorkshire Bat Group. Walk leaders will show you how to use a bat detector, tell you about the different species, their habitats and habits!

There are a maximum of 30 places per walk and booking is essential:

  • Clark Springs Wood, Churwell - 8th September 2010, 7.15-9.00pm
  • Gledhow Valley Woods - 28th September 2010, 6.30-8.15pm
The walks are open to participants of all ages, but please note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Walkers are advised to bring: suitable waterproofs and/or windproof clothing/stout footwear and a hand torch or head torch to provide illumination. Please note that if weather conditions are poor, walks may be cancelled.

To book places, please contact:

Leah Black
Tel: 0113 238 0601
E-mail: leah.black@groundwork.org.uk
Web: www.groundwork.org.uk/leeds

5th August 2010
The Butterflies of Gledhow Valley

We've added a new page to the Flora & Fauna section which includes information on butterflies found in Gledhow Valley Woods. At present there are details of 14 species of butterflies listed, with photographs kindly provided by photographer Andrew D Ramsay.

Please see The Butterflies of Gledhow Valley page.

Note: We would be very grateful for any help you can give in adding to our gallery ...if you have any photographs we can use please contact us.

4th August 2010
Bath House Open Day on Sunday 12 September 2010

The Gipton Spa Bath House on Gledhow Valley Road will be open to the public under the supervision of FGVW members from 12-4pm on Sunday 12th September 2010 to correspond with the country-wide "Heritage Open Days" event ...Come along for your free tour!

There will also be refreshments and an FGVW stall promoting the group, selling merchandise (including Christmas cards, greetings cards, postcards, coasters and place mats), and providing general information about the Bath House, the woods, and the Group itself.

On Sunday 5th September 2010 (9.45am-12.00pm) there will be an Action Morning which will include clearing and preparing the Bath House for the Open Day. Please come along if you are able to help.

We also need help with home-made refreshments for the Bath House Open Day - if you might be able to help, please contact us.

Details of previous Bath House Open Day events, including photos, are available in the Events Gallery.

10th July 2010
Community Forestry Research Project - Please Help!

We have been asked to help with a study concerning Community Forestry and how the members and participants view the management objectives of their woodland.

The crux of the research is a comparison between community projects which receive support from the Community Forests organisation and projects which are outside of a Community Forest remit, such as Gledhow Valley Woods.

The study is being carried out by Sam Sharples, a student studying for a MSc in Forest Ecology Management at the University of Cumbria.

A questionnaire is being sent out to four community forests in the North of England to compare and contrast opinion. The questionnaire forms a key part of Sam's research and he would be very grateful if you would spend five minutes filling it in.

The Members Questionnaire itself can be downloaded below in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format, together with a Participant Information Sheet which explains the research in more detail:

The Members Questionnaire asks for your opinion on how Gledhow Valley is managed. It can be filled out electronically and returned by e-mail or printed out, filled it in by hand and posted back. Alternatively, if you would like Sam to print a copy and post it to you, please contact him with your name and address.

Please return completed questionnaires before the end of August 2010.

The Participant Information Sheet should help to answer any further questions, but if you have any other enquires please e-mail Sam at s0906729@cumbria.ac.uk or ring him on 07973 764 370.

10th July 2010
FGVW Stall at St Matthew's Strawberry Fair Sat 17 July

There will be an FGVW stall at the St Matthew's Strawberry Fair on Saturday 17th July 2010 (2pm-4pm) promoting the group, selling FGVW merchandise (including coasters, place mats, greetings cards, postcards, framed pictures, badges & photos), and providing general information about Gledhow Valley Woods and the Group itself.

Location: St Matthews Church, Chapel Allerton

8th July 2010
Winter Photo Competition Winners

We had a great response to our winter photo competition, with a total of 120 photos being submitted for consideration.

A short-list of 14 entries were then put on display at the 2010 FGVW FunDay, and visitors were asked to vote on which they thought would make the best FGVW fund-raising Christmas cards. A total of 67 people voted, and owners of the most popular photos will be receiving bottles of fine quality organic wine courtesy of Ecology Building Society.

Any photos which are used in creating FGVW Christmas Cards will be fully credited to the photographers, who will also receive some of the cards to use themselves.

The top 4 photos are shown below in no particular order.

Click on any photo below to see a larger version...

  • Photo by Susan CarrPhoto by Susan Carr
  • Photo by Marvyn ClaytonPhoto by Marvyn Clayton
  • Photo by Susan CarrPhoto by Susan Carr
  • Photo by Doreen WardPhoto by Doreen Ward

7th July 2010
FGVW Family FunDay 2010 a Great Success!

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods' 11th Annual Family FunDay was a great success thanks to all those who generously gave their time to help. The weather was pretty find - fairly bright all day - and we had a great turn-out, with hundreds of local people coming to take part in the fun.

As always, we would like to say a very big 'thank you' to everyone who helped... those who spent hours assembling tents all morning; those who provided home-made food for the refreshments tent; those who helped run the stalls and activities, and sold raffle tickets; those who helped pack everything away at the end of the day; and the many local businesses which generously donated raffle prizes.

Details of what happened at the FunDay, including photographs and a 360 degree panorama of the event in full swing are now available in the Events Gallery.

10th June 2010
11th Annual Family FunDay on Sat 19 June 2010

The Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods invite you to their 11th Annual Family FunDay!

The FunDay brings local people together for an afternoon of fun, activities and entertainment focussing on the local woodland and the plants and wildlife that live there. There are loads of displays, activities, games and entertainments to keep the whole family busy, not to mention home-made refreshments and live music!

When & where:

  • Saturday June 19th 2010 (1.30pm - 5.30pm)
    Grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.

Activities include:

  • Meet birds of prey, rats, bees, frogs, rabbits and other wildlife guests.
  • Live performers including Samba Tigers Band and a Magic Act.
  • Build a bird box.
  • Plant sale.
  • Design a t-shirt.
  • Clay modelling.
  • Book & craft stalls.
  • Drum workshop by "Daftasadrum".
  • Face painting.
  • Local community group displays.
  • Parachute games.
  • Firefighters.
  • Home-made drinks & refreshments.
  • Grand Raffle with hundreds of pounds worth of prizes.
  • Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland.
  • Much more...!

Please can you help?

We badly need volunteers who can help out on the FunDay either by bringing food for the refreshments stall, helping to put up the tents and marquees in the morning, or helping to look after the stalls or sell raffle tickets in the afternoon.

  • If you are able to spare any time, please contact us and let us know.

It doesn't matter if you can only spare an hour ...all help will be gratefully appreciated!

Have a look in the Events Gallery to find out what happened at last year's Family FunDay.

9th June 2010
Allerton Grange Fields Environmental Improvement Survey

The Allerton Grange Fields are to become publicly accessible for community use following the completion of the construction of the new Allerton Grange School in the summer of 2010.

The Friends of Allerton Grange (which is a voluntary association made up of local residents) is seeking to protect and enhance the fields for present and future generations to enjoy.

The Friends are inviting local residents to give their views on how the fields might be used by completing a short survey. The survey form can be downloaded below in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format:

The form can also be found on the Friends of Allerton Grange web site, together with more information about the group and its aims.

The form should be completed and returned to the Friends of Allerton Grange by Friday 2nd July 2010.

5th May 2010
Medicinal Plant Walk in Gledhow Valley Woods

Local Herbalist Donald Purves is once again conducting a medicinal plant walk in Gledhow Valley Woods to coincide with Herbal Medicine Awareness Week 19-26 June 2010:

"Midsummer Medicines"
Monday 21 June 2010 6.30pm

Meet at the Old Bath House, southern end of Gledhow Valley Road
Cost = £5 per person

(Note: This event is not connected with the Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods, but Donald is kindly donating 10% of his takings to FGVW)

For more information, please contact Donald:

Tel: (0113) 249 1711
E-mail: dapherbs@yahoo.co.uk

4th May 2010
Bluebell Season Now Open!

The bluebells are now out in full bloom in Gledhow Valley Woods. If you would like to see them don't wait too long - they're usually only at their best for a couple of weeks, depending on how kind the weather is.

28th April 2010
Wildlife Under Threat Due to Lake Saboteur

Leeds City Council have released the following information:

Residents who live near Gledhow lake are being asked to be on the look-out for a vandal who is deliberately letting the water out, and putting the wildlife there at risk.

Gledhow Lake nestling in the woodland at the side of Gledhow Valley Road has been in existence for more than 150 years. It is home to many birds, including kingfishers, and other species, which are now under threat by someone sabotaging the lake's drainage mechanism.

In the latest incident, which was discovered on Thursday 15 April 2010, local people were dismayed to see the lake almost empty, after it would seem someone had broken into a locked chamber and opened the draw-down valve. Over the course of the next few hours the lake's water drained away leaving aquatic species and nests stranded on mudbanks. Leeds City Council staff were alerted by complaints that flows in Gipton Beck downstream were unusually high.

As well as damaging the local wildlife this irresponsible action is also costly to repair, with ultimately council tax payers footing the bill.

This is the second incident in recent weeks which has put the wildlife at the lake at risk. Last month specialised man hole covers were taken. Both incidents have been reported to the police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact The Roundhay, Alwoodley and Moortown Neighbourhood Policing Team via: 0845 60 60 606 or call Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on: 0800 555 111.

The BBC website also has a short piece based on this issue.

10th March 2010
FGVW Stall at St Matthew's Easter Fair Sat 17 March

There will be an FGVW stall at the St Matthew's Easter Fair on Saturday 27th March 2010 (10.30am-12.30pm) promoting the group, selling FGVW merchandise (including coasters, place mats, greetings cards, postcards, framed pictures, badges & photos), and providing general information about Gledhow Valley Woods and the Group itself.

Location: St Matthews Church, Chapel Allerton

3rd March 2010
Winter Photo Competition

We need your help finding great winter photos of Gledhow Valley Woods for use on our next range of fund-raising Christmas cards.

If you have any nice photos, please e-mail or post them to:

Adam Bull
1 Allerton Grange Gardens
Leeds LS17 6LL
E-mail: adam@bodytronix.co.uk
Tel: (0113) 293 9997

There will be prizes for the winning photos, including some fine quality organic wine (courtesy of Ecology Building Society) and some of the finished Christmas cards. The photographer will also be fully credited on the cards themselves.

We hope to short-list the entries and then let the public vote on the winners at this year's FGVW Family FunDay (Saturday 19th June 2010).

Important Notes

1) Photos must have been taken in Gladhow Valley Woods, although it does not matter how old they are.
2) Unfortunately we can only accept photos submitted in digital format e.g. photo files from a digital camera, or scanned photos (.JPG, .TIF, .BMP, .PCT).
3) Photos can be submitted by e-mail, or on CD-ROM, DVD, ZIP Disc, memory card (any kind), or USB memory stick. If requested, we will return your discs, cards or sticks as soon as we've copied the photos.
4) Photos should have a resolution of 2MP (2 megapixels) or more i.e. 1600x1200 pixels or more.
5) If scanning a printed photo, please scan at a resolution of 300dpi or more.

If any of the above notes are confusing, or if you need any other information, please give Adam a call or drop him an e-mail.

2nd March 2010
Ideas Needed for Future Action Mornings

We need your help deciding what projects to undertake during this year's Action Mornings.

If you have any ideas for work you think needs doing in Gledhow Valley Woods, please contact us and let us know. All ideas will be considered no matter how large or small they are!

4th February 2010
FGVW Wins Community & City Pride Award

Now in its sixth year, this annual competition celebrates the amazing contributions that Leeds residents, schools, businesses and students make to their local environment. In previous years, over 22,000 people have been involved in 170 entries, all of which highlight the diverse and dedicated work of people committed to seeing Leeds become cleaner and greener.

At the awards ceremony on 4th February 2010 at Leeds Civic Hall, FGVW was presented with the "Large Area Improvement Project of the Year Award 2009" for its work in rebuilding the jetty by Gledhow Lake. The group received a certificate and a cheque for £300 to be put towards future projects.

For more details of the project and photos and the awards ceremony, please see the Community & City Pride Awards Ceremony page.

Photos of the actual project in progress can be found on the Rebuilding the Gledhow Lake Jetty page.

Celebration Evening for FGVW Volunteers

On Friday 26th March 2010 (8.00pm) at the Three Hulats Pub, 13 Harrogate Road, we will be holding a small event to celebrate FGVW winning the Community & City Pride award and to thank our volunteers for all their hard work. All FGVW volunteers welcome. Food will be available as at the AGM.

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