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Works Diary

Works Diary for September



September has been a month of cutting, clearing and maintenance.

 

The annual grass cutting has been completed in the lower dene, North Tyneside Council again were involved with the cutting and did an excellent job of work.

 

The upper dene has been started with a cutter and bailer from Whitley Bay Golf Club about 60% being cut, but mechanical problems has delayed the cutting and clearing of the remaining area until the first week in October.

 

We also had a team of 19 volunteers from BT Research & Insight Group, who put in a great days work raking and painting in the dene



In the Upper Reach the section around the new trees at the western end has be cut and cleared, along with the section around the longstone seat.


All the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.



In the Middle Reach work has started on cutting and clearing along the small bank. All the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.



In the Lower Reach the eastern bank and part of the northern bank have been cut and cleared, and we have started to clear the green waste from the main cut.


All the wild flower and grass areas have been machine cut.


Primrose plugs have been planted on the eastern bank and Snakehead Fritillary bulbs plated on the flat area below the bank.



On the Dene Top some machine cutting and clearing has been done.


3 bags of Litter were collected this month.


Photos of some of this work along can be seen on the September Photo Page.








 

 

 

 








 




Works Diary for August



This month’s work has mostly been general maintenance with the clearing of excessive growth from varies areas in the dene.


We did have a small team collecting Yellow Rattle from along the dene top.


With a few of our volunteers on holiday this month we have still put in 168 hours of work in the dene.


The Tynemouth and Whitley Bay Soroptomists, volunteered a morning work and gave a hand planting up the remaining wild flowers from our propagator trays.



In the Upper Reach we have been digging out dock weeds and hogweed, and cutting back bramble and honey suckle in the woodland areas.


The steps and the footpath down the lower dene have also been cut back.


 

In the Middle Reach the southern footpath has been cleared of any overgrowth and the burn at the west end near the dam has been cleared of all excessive growth.


Bramble and honey suckle in the woodland areas have been cut back.


 

In the Lower Reach the crazy paved path has been cleared of all overgrowth.


Bramble and honey suckle have been cut back, and the remaining wild flower plugs have been planted.

 

 

Dene Top we have cleared along the natural walkways at the west end, dug out some dock weeds.


Yellow rattle seeds have been collected and some wild flower plugs have been planted.


 

Throughout the month we have litter pick the whole of the dene collecting only 3 bags of litter.


Photos of some of this work along with others can be seen on the August Photo Page.






 










Works Diary for  October



October has been a month of cutting and clearing, after our annual grass cutting.

 

The cutter and bailer from the Whitley Bay Golf Club has been in and completed the cutting of the dene top.

 

This has saved us over a month’s work raking and shifting the grass cuttings to the skip, allowing us to concentrate on clearing the lower dene.



The high winds this month did damaged a couple of branches which have been cut and cleared, the footpaths and steps in the lower dene at the west end had to be cleared of fallen tree brash.



In the Upper Reach the entire north bank except for the new glade has been raked and cleared, and some additional cutting by hand has been done on the south side of the footpath.


All the green waste here will be cleared next month.


 


In the Middle Reach the entire north bank has been raked and cleared with most of the green waste being removed to the skip.


We have also hand cut and cleared along the small bank next to the burn.


Last spring we had quite a few primroses growing here, we have planted some more primroses in this area and hopeful they will grow and improve the view of the lower dene from the observation platform.


 

In the Lower Reach the entire north bank has been raked and cleared and all the green waste being removed to the skip.


We still have some hand cutting and clearing to do on the south side.

 

 

On the Dene Top we have started to do some hand cutting and clearing at the west end and hope to clear more of this area when we can.


We have been asked if we can cut back the whole of the area on the south side of the main footpath, at present we not responsible for work along this section but will do our best to clear some of this area to allow for the sowing of wild flower seed which we have purchased.



 

 2 bags of Litter were collected this month.

 


Photos of some of this work along can be seen on the October Photo Page.





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