Less than a week after bookings for the public Christmas Wreaths sessions opened, they are all fully booked. Sorry if you missed out.
We are taking bookings for the public Christmas Wreaths sessions in Jesmond Dene from Monday 1 October at 9.30am. Please call in or phone the Ouseburn Parks Visitor Centre on 0191 2812082.
The sessions are on:
Sat 8 December 10am -12.30pm
Tues 11 December 6.30 – 9pm
Wed 12 December 10am – 12.30pm
The cost is £12.50 per person (includes refreshments)
Come along and make your own Christmas Wreath. All materials provided but if you have a pair of secateurs please bring them with you. Places are limited; book early to ensure your place, 2812082 and for more information. This is an event for adults, so sorry, no under 16s.
The Friends of Jesmond Dene and the Volunteer Rangers actively work to improve the Dene, assisting the Council Rangers with practical works and events and funding projects to enhance the Dene. We are very aware of the impact that the Council’s austerity measures have had on the City’s parks in recent years in terms of vastly reduced maintenance and cleansing.
We share your frustration regarding litter being thoughtlessly dropped in the Dene by a minority of park users. We would ask that everyone takes responsibility for their own litter. Please put it into one of the large bins throughout the Dene or, if the bins are full, take it home with you to put in your own domestic bins.
Thank you, The Friends of Jesmond Dene Committee
Sorry but the planned Nature Area Open Day on Thursday has been cancelled due to lack of water in the ponds. The one planned for Tuesday 14th August will definitely go ahead. See you then…
Did anyone see someone cutting down two Apple Trees near the path in Coleman’s Field sometime between Tuesday 27th February and Sunday 4th March? Large apple trees were planted using a grant from the Tree Council and with help from Heaton Manor School Community Crew at the end of November 2016. Please let us know if you saw anything suspicious. Thanks
You may be aware that some nine years ago a new pond was dug in Jesmond Dene Nature Area, across the river from Pets Corner. The new pond was provided with a dipping platform to allow parties of children to dip for pond creatures. The supporting framework of the platform was made from recycled plastic, which has the advantage of not rotting, but is expensive compared to wood. The decking for the platform was made from wooden planks that we happened to have available at the time.
Last year it became apparent that some of the decking planks had rotted and needed replacing. The volunteer rangers applied some temporary patches to allow the platform to continue to be used, but it was obvious that the decking would have to be replaced. It was decided to use recycled plastic for this, as the plastic framework for the platform has lasted so well. The planking cost £936.68, of which £541 was raised from the proceeds of the Christmas Raffle, with the remaining £395.68 coming from the funds of the Volunteer Rangers.
Sarah, the Ranger, ordered the plastic planking and some of the volunteer rangers spent two or three sessions during December ripping up the old planking and putting down the new stuff. Apart from it being rot-proof the new planking does not need chicken wire to provide a grip as one side of the planks is deliberately roughened and plastic does not become slimy in the wet as wood does. The new decking should last much longer than the wooden planks that it has replaced. I have enclosed some photos of the decking being replaced.
Newcastle City Council Cabinet has approved the creation of a new charitable company – “Newcastle Parks Trust” – for parks and allotments.
The advert for the founding Board of Trustees is available at:www.northeastjobs.org.uk/…/Chair_and_Board_of_Truste…/171074
Feedback sessions have been arranged at 4 locations around the City to explain what Cabinet decided and what will happen next. The sessions are as follows:
Come and join us for the Big Garden Birdwatch in Jesmond Dene on Saturday (27 January 2018) from 10.30am till 2.30pm.
Members of RSPB Newcastle Local Group, Rangers and Volunteers will be in Jesmond Dene helping you to identify garden birds, and adding your sightings to the national survey. You can also build a bird box or bird feeder to take home.
(There will be a charge for the bird box / feeders)