Narroways Volunteer Days for 2018

Just a quick note to let you all know that we have now set provisional dates for the volunteer days for the rest of 2018. They are:

Saturday 19 May, Saturday 2 June, Saturday 7 July, Saturday 11 August, Saturday 1 September, Saturday 6 October, Sunday 11 November, Saturday 8 December

As in previous years, meet on the top of Narroways Hill by the bench at 10:30 am. See you there, repeatedly we hope!

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Things you find on the hill…

A good, productive volunteer day on the hill today, 7 July. We started an hour earlier than usual to try to avoid the heat (that didn’t really work!) and spent a couple of hours clearing the invasive everlasting pea, and collecting several bags of rubbish, including a garage door and a duvet. We also found this:

A good day for wildlife too – a plethora of marbled white butterflies, and the usual sightings of speckled woods, meadow browns and commas. Also saw a hummingbird hawk moth on the top of the hill (no photo, they move too fast!)

Thanks to everyone who came, and especially to Jon for organising the day. Job well done!

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Narroways minutes for meeting 2 July 2018

Here are the minutes of our meeting on 2 July 2018.

Narroways Trust Meeting 02-07-18

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Narroways minutes for meeting 4 June 2018

Here are the minutes of our meeting on 4 June 2018.

Narroways Trust Meeting 04-06-18

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Narroways minutes for meeting 30 April 2018

Here are the minutes of our meeting on 30 April 2018.

Narroways meeting 30th April

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Narroways meeting minutes 13 November 2017

Here are the minutes of the Narroways meeting that took place on Monday 13 November 2017 at the Miner’s Arms, Mina Road:

Narroways  Minutes 13 November 2017

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Bonfire night parties – the cleanup

Generally, our decision to close the site and raise awareness of the problems of damage and litter caused by large fireworks parties was a qualified success.

While parties still occurred on both nights, they were smaller in numbers of attendees than in previous years, and some at least of those who attended made efforts to clear up afterwards.

Many thanks go in particular to trustees Naomi, Jerome and Kathryn for organising the banners announcing the closure of the site, locking and unlocking the gates, and talking to partygoers to explain the reasons for the closure. A job well done!

Thanks are also due to all the volunteers who turned out on Sunday and Monday to clean up the remaining mess – a good job well done.

Photos below of the cleanup efforts on Monday. As you can see, despite the relative success of the closure, there was still quite a lot of trampling damage to the grassland, and a significant amount of rubbish left to clear up.

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Narroways to be closed overnight, 4 November

The Trustees have decided to close the site to the public overnight on Saturday 4 November/Sunday 5 November.

This is to prevent the damage, disturbance and litter caused by large firework parties held on the hill.

We hope you understand.

Here are a couple of examples of what we’ve had to deal with in past years:

Bonfire night mess

What a load of rubbish

Guy
Narroways Trustee

 

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Volunteer Day with Good Gym, 7 October

Energised volunteer morning on 7 October thanks to the good folk of Good Gym. They transferred railway sleeper to the top of Narroways Hill (kindly donated by Joe Brickley) , cleared Buddleia cuttings dumped on Church Field and built up the dry hedge of the Community Gardens. We also removed dumped rubbish including abandoned camping stuff in The Hollow, cleared Ash seedlings and removed some tagging. We also had some of our regulars so a successful morning.

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Volunteers from Good Gym carrying an old railway sleeper up the hill to repair our sleeper fence – a great way of keeping fit!

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Narroways meeting minutes 2 October 2017

Here are the minutes of the Narroways meeting that took place on Monday 2 October 2017 at the Miner’s Arms, Mina Road:

Narroways minutes 02 October 2017

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