‘Due to the wet start to summer, the Woods are really quite vibrant at the moment. The yellow flag irises, that we planted in conjunction with the Calderdale Council Countryside Officer, are blooming on the edge of the pond – see the attached pic. There is however still a problem with the invasive Himalayan balsam, which has spread from the wet flush where it is growing up Ibbot Royd Clough down to the silt island in the old mill-pond – probably washed down in the July 2012 flood.
A local resident has been kindly hand-pulling the balsam in the pond area to help control it, and recently we did some control works in the lower reservoir, by the Keighley Road entrance – so hopefully we can keep on top of this invasive weed and maintain the variety of plants on the site.’
The next work day in the Woods will be on Saturday 17th February
– I will send out a reminder nearer the time with an indication of what we will be doing at the site.
Last work day we planted some flag iris around the mill pond and also we have replaced the locking post from the metal gate near the entrance, which had gone astray. The stepping stones at the mill pond have settled and firmed up, and with the help of the CMBC Countryside work-team the sycamore trees that fell into the pond last year have been tidied up, meaning that there are plenty of logs and brash there to provide a habitat for invertebrates, mosses and lichens.
for Friends of Nutclough Woods
The Woods are now ready for the winter – we have recently planted some flag iris around the mill pond and have replaced the locking post from the metal gate near the entrance, which had gone astray. The stepping stones at the mill pond have settled and firmed up, and with the help of the CMBC Countryside work-team the sycamore trees that have recently fallen nearby have been tidied up and there are plenty of logs and brash there to provide a habitat for invertebrates, mosses and lichens.
During the summer we had some young people from the National Citizen Service (NCS) cutting back in the lower dell area (see pic below), and on a recent work party we noticed how little rubbish there is in the Woods generally.
The next activity will be in the New Year, on Saturday 17th February meeting at the entrance nr. the former Nutclough Tavern off Keighley Road at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come and look after this important woodland site near the centre of Hebden Bridge.
Dave Wilson, Calderdale Countryside Area Manager, will be leading a practical day in Nutclough Woods on Saturday 20th May, meeting at the Keighley Road entrance at 10:30am. The group will be working in the streams, along with other tasks, so please wear suitable clothing and footwear (wellies will be a good idea).
There is very little litter in the Woods at the moment, but there will be the issue of the invasive Himalayan balsam this summer which will need controlling – it looks like this season might be a bad one for balsam at the site. If you cannot make the work-day, but come regularly into the Woods, do feel free to pull the balsam as you walk past!
Please contact Dave Wilson for any further information about the task on the 20th May on 07720 249 359.
Dave Wilson, the Upper Valley Countryside Manager for Calderdale MBC
, who is responsible for the section of Nutclough Woods owned by the Council, is planning a monthly task at the site on a Thursday afternoon. The first one is to be held on
The dell area, overgrown this summer!
Thursday 20th August, starting at 2pm and will last for a couple of hours. This first activity is likely to focus on cutting back the footpaths around the top pond, which are quite overgrown.
The reason that the paths are not getting walked so often is that, since Easter, as some of you may be aware, the Environment Agencyhave been carrying out major flood alleviation works in the lower reservoir by the Keighley Road entrance, resulting in this main access point being closed off to pedestrians. You can still enter the Woods however from Sandy Gate or Old Town, or via Birchcliffe (at Chapel Avenue). The meeting point for the task on 20th August will be at the top pond.
I won’t be able to make this task, nor the one in September, but hope to be able to attend others in the future. If you are free on a Thursday afternoon and would like to come along, please contact Dave Wilson through the Facebook page which he has set up to publicise the activities