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Works Diary


Works Diary for  June



I have missed two to three weeks this month with illness, but all the planned work has gone ahead as normal.


The two information boards that were damage have been repaired and resifted in their original places in the lower dene, and the willow fence in the upper reach has been rebuilt.


We have started work on sorting out the stones that were ripped out of the stone seat at the west end of the lower dene, and these will be cemented back into place next month


The high winds we had for a couple of days this month only brought down a couple of small branches, these have been cleared away.



In the Upper Reach the willow fence has been rebuilt and work has started on sorting out the stones for the stone seat.


Tree brash has been cleared from the footpaths and the whole area has been litter picked during the month.



In the Middle Reach the two information boards have been cemented into place.


Tree brash has been cleared from the footpaths and the whole area has been litter picked during the month.



In the Lower Reach tree brash has been cleared from the footpaths and the whole area has been litter picked during the month.



Dene Top we have had 4 sessions of planting wild flower plugs along the south side of the main footpath, and we have completed clearing around the edges of the car park and the steps at the east end.


 

3 bags of Litter were collected this month.



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









Works Diary for May


The weather has been on our side for a change, and we have been able to catch up on some of our planned maintenance.


We also had the judge for the Green Flag this month, so quite a bit of time has been spent litter picking in all areas of the dene and the plastic bags in the trees and bushes have been removed.



In the Upper Reach the hedge line on the northern bank has been cut back and cleared, and a small area at the bottom of the steps was cleared of unwanted plants last year has now been forked over and sown.


The brambles and growth along the sides of the northwest footpath have also been trimmed back and the burn has twice been cleared of rubbish that had been washed in from upstream.



In the Middle Reach the refuge areas alongside the burn have been cut back and the brambles and growth along the sides of main track down from the upper dene has been cut back and cleared. 



In the Lower Reach the refuge areas alongside the burn have been cut back and cleared and all rubbish removed from the burn.



On the Dene Top additional wild flowers seeds have been sown along the south side of the main footpath and wood chippings have been laid along the natural walkways at the west end.


The inside of the wooden fence at the east end has also been painted this month.

 

4.5 bags of Litter were collected this month.




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















Works Diary for July



This month has mainly been general maintenance with some clearing and planting.

 

Receiving the Green Flag (Community Award) again has made all the work in the dene worthwhile.

 

The annual Bio Blitz was held on the last Saturday of the month, and the recording 6 new species has brought our total recorded species to 1003.

 

We also had a visit by Marine park school for a day in the dene, this was organised by MY Tyne and the Tyne Rivers Trust. We had 90 children plus 20 Instructors, teachers and parents taking part

 

We also took part in the Big Butterfly Count for the Butterfly Conservation, the day was not perfect but we find a reasonable number.


 

In the Upper Reach the footpaths have been cleared of any overgrowth, we had hoped to start on repairing the stone seat at the west end; but this will now be done in August.


The whole area has been litter picked during the month.



In the Middle Reach we have cut back and cleared along the southern footpath, the whole area has been litter picked during the month.


 

In the Lower Reach we have cut and cleared the steps down from the scout hut, the eastern steps and along the crazy paved path.


The whole area has been litter picked during the month.



Dene Top we have had 2 sessions of planting the last of the home grown wild flower plugs along the south side of the main footpath. Oiled all the woodwork on the observation platform and litter picked the whole dene top.


 

3 bags of Litter were collected this month.



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




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