Our Clean & Green Ouseburn project starts in October 2014 and will continue through the winter and into early spring 2015. We have funding from the Local Environment Action Fund (LEAF) to train volunteers in environmental management skills and to carry improvements to the green spaces in Ouseburn. We aim to encourage greater bio-diversity, to help combat climate change, and to create new habitats for flora and fauna.
We are concentrating on specific areas of the valley on different days, and you are very welcome to come to just one or two events – or to all of them.
The hedge laying area will be on the boundaries of the fields used by Ouseburn Farm to graze livestock. The hawthorn hedges there were planted about 10 years ago and have grown out of control, blocking views and currently not functioning as a hedge. This introduction to hedge laying will be led by the Newcastle City Council Rangers. They will teach us how to do a traditional method of hedgerow management that creates a living stock-proof barrier against sheep and cattle.
What do we provide? All tools, equipment and guidance – and a free lunch.
What do you need to bring? Warm clothes suitable for outdoor work (layers are good), waterproofs, and boots (preferably with a steel toe cap).
When is it? Friday 24th October, Saturday 25th October, Thursday 13th November, Saturday 15th November.