Date for Spring Clean 2018

Wheelbarrow jpgThe 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.
Best wishes
Gavin Roberts
for Friends of Nutclough Woods
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Woods ready for Winter 2017

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.Photo winter 2017

Practical Day 20th May in Nutclough Woods

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.

Spring Clean 2017!

Hello! Spring is upon us and it’s time once again to spruce up the Woods and we will be taking part in the local Town Council’s Spring Clean on Sunday March 5th. Meet at the entrance to the Woods (off Keighley Road) at 10:30am and we will do a morning in Nutclough till around, say, 1pm. Please note that this is a Sunday, but if you cannot make that day I am sure there will be clean-ups taking place elsewhere as part of the HRTC initiative on the day before, Saturday 4th.
As well as a clean-up, we will check other parts of the woodland, such as the Lower Reservoir where some felling of wind-blown trees was done at the beginning of the year, but we also have to make sure that debris does not block the channel and the screen on the culvert.
I hope to see you there
Gavin Roberts (for Friends of Nutclough Woods)
07772 318 566

Spring Clean 2016!

DaffsThe time has come round again to spruce up the Woods and we will be taking part in the local parish’s Spring Clean on Saturday March 19th. Meet at the entrance to the Woods (off Keighley Road) at 10:30am and we will do a morning in Nutclough till around, say, 1pm.
As well as a clean-up, there will be some other jobs that will need doing. The Environment Agency screen and storm drain in the lower reservoir was completed last year, and the Calderdale Countryside Service have done some tasks in the Woods as well (as half of the land actually belongs to the Council). However, due to the Boxing Day floods, the movement of water through the clough is still an issue, and its impact on the watercourses and the footpaths, and so some of the work that we will be doing will be related to that.
Hope to see you there.

Monthly task events in Nutclough Woods

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!

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
If you don’t do Facebook, you can send him an email at dave.wilson@calderdale.gov.uk, so that he knows how many people to expect on the day.

Successful Spring Clean 2015

Nutclough 210315The Friends group took part in the ‘Hebden Royd Spring Clean’ on Saturday 21st March. We had a visit from the local cub scouts, who we sent around litter-picking, and then we gave them a few other jobs before they enjoyed some toasted marshmallows over a camp fire. The other volunteers repaired the steps that lead down to the pond – as you can see from the photo, we were blessed with fine spring weather for our work-day in the woods.

Nutclough Woods Spring Clean 21st March

The next activity day in Nutclough Woods will be Saturday 21st March, meeting at the entrance to the woods by the former Nutclough Tavern.  The day will be part of the Hebden Royd Spring Clean, a weekend when the town council encourage local residents to come and help tidy up their environment.
The task will run from 10:30am till 3-4pm – please bring a packed lunch if you’re staying for the day. Everyone is welcome to ‘call in’ if they can just spare an hour or so as well, as the Town Council encourages maximum participation in the Spring Clean from the community. Please put the date in your diary.
For more info, contact Gavin, FoNW, on 07772 318 566.