Sunday, 29 November 2015

A new hazel copse for the Field



Yesterday a small team of 4 and a half volunteers braved the dreary weather and set about planting a hazel copse and clearing a small spinney of old plastic rabbit guards.

The copse has been planted in honour of the local Royal British Legion.  It is located just downhill of the BMX track, and should grow into a lovely little habitat for local wildlife.  Watch out for dormice!

The rabbit guards were used by BDBC to protect young hazel, dogwood and dog rose when they were first planted about 10 years ago.  Unfortunately, being plastic, they have not biodegraded and in a lot of cases are both unsightly and cut into the trees' bark.

There are probably hundreds of rabbit guards on the Field, all of which need to be removed.  If you think you might  have some time to help (our motto is 'little and often') then let us know (via the Town Hall) and we will inform you when the next working party is happening.  Tea and coffee provided.



Strange fruit


Who wants pictures of flowers and apples when you can have a picture of somebody's (enormous) dog mess in a plastic bag flung into a tree?

Nice one.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Climate change: does it fill you with fear, or do you think its all bunkum? Or does the subject simply bore you?

This is a beautifully shot and powerful film which aims to disentangle myth from fact and leave the viewer with a sense of empowerment.  And if you are still not convinced, there's a chance to air your views in a discussion afterwards.
 
All are welcome and entry is free.
 

The field is looking particularly beautiful this frosty morning!

If anyone would like to join us this Saturday afternoon (28 November 1.30pm), then the Friends could do with some help clearing up old rabbit guards in the spinneys and copses. 

Thick, warm clothes (inc gloves and hats), stanley knives and/or secateurs and/or heavy duty scissors required.

Meet by the Daniel Road entrance.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Plan showing dedicated fruit and nut tree locations

QEII DANIEL PARK
ORCHARD DEDICATIONS
JANUARY 2015

Tree no. (plan)
Dedication
Tree type
1
Misty Lea 
Red Falstaff
2
Albert (Jim) Boxall
Dunkerton Late
3
Clarice & Bill Pearson
Arthur Turner
4
Rosie Meryl Carter
Blenheim Orange
5
Ethel and Roy Piper
Grenadier
6
Jackie Aylett
Red Falstaff
7
John George Byers and Iris Whitehead Byers
Red Falstaff
8
George, Fanny and Roy Day
Dunkerton Late
9
Bernard & Nancy Seabrooke
Arthur Turner
10
Violet Liddell née Cook

Blenheim Orange
11
Alexandra van Rensburg
Grenadier
12
Dennis and Victoria Wells
Chivers Delight
13
John Walters 
Charles Ross
14
Elliot Jacques
Dunkerton Late
15
Phil Rampton
James Grieve
16
Nina Mehova 
Blenheim Orange
17
Little Miss Read
James Grieve
18
Eric, Daisy and Jess
Chivers Delight
19
Tony & James Taylor and Winston
Charles Ross
20
Ellen and Daniel
Grenadier
21
Daisy & Neil McDonald and Connie & David Jago
James Grieve
22
Alexandra Penny and Elisabeth Alice 
Bountiful
23
Peter Williams
All Doer
24
David William Gould
Chivers Delight
25
Nicholas Paul Coles
All Doer
26
George. M.J.A.J. Jacobs
All Doer
27
Cai and Seb and their dad
Arthur Turner
28
Jill (Birks) Rampton
Bountiful
29
Whitchurch C of E Primary School, and in particular, Sarah Peters
Sunset
30
Anna and Esther Jay
Charles Ross
31
For my Papa...Your daughter Johanna
Bountiful
32
Sheila Kemp
Sunset
33
Bert E W Treble
Sunset

Nearest orchard
2nd Whitchurch Brownies
Walnut
North boundary near bench
Whitchurch Rambling Club
Walnut
North side of BMX track
The Friends of QEII Daniel Park
Walnut



Seen something you don't like?

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council now have an online facility for reporting problems:

"Residents spotting litter, fly-tipping, graffiti, dog fouling, overflowing litter bins or broken glass can now let the council know exactly where they are on a map and upload a photo, thanks to a new feature on the website.  The ‘report it’ section has been upgraded allowing the teams to get out to clean up even quicker.  Abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, overflowing recycling banks and dead animals can also be reported this way."