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.
Running from the Farm fields up to the City Stadium and Shields Rd West this substantial area of mixed woodland was mostly planted around 1977, with self-seeded sycamores filling in what spaces had been left.
It has only been thinned twice in nearly 40 years and vegetation along paths cut back at times recently by Ouseburn Futures volunteers.
A range of management techniques will be used within the woodlands to create a variety of habitats. We have divided it up into 13 manageable sections and will treat each one differently – starting around the Stables outdoor riding arena. This work will encourage biodiversity and improve community safety. We will be doing some thinning to encourage healthy tree growth and to allow more light to reach the woodland floor, thereby allowing the generation of a ground cover layer of vegetation.
We will be recycling and using the wood as much as possible – including, later in the year, making charcoal.
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? The initial sessions are Wednesday 29th October 2014 from 10am to 12 noon and/or from 1pm to 3pm. Meet up at Ernest on the corner of Boyd Street.