Buy a Park a Tree

Nature lovers in Calderdale now have the chance to buy a new tree to be planted in a Calderdale park or green space.

Calderdale Council’s new ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme gives individuals, groups or businesses the chance to sponsor a tree of their choice.

The trees in many of Calderdale’s parks are getting to the end of their natural lifespan. Some have also been damaged in storms or have had to be removed due to disease or for safety reasons. Over fifty new trees have been planted in one of Calderdale’s parks in a previous scheme started six years ago but with the help of sponsors, Calderdale Council is aiming to extend the scheme to the rest of the borough with a target of 100 trees to be planted between November 2017 and February 2018.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Communities, Cllr Susan Press, said:

Our trees are well loved and really important for our environment. It’s always sad when trees have to be removed due to damage or disease and our ‘buy a park a tree’ scheme will help us to replace many of the trees we’ve unfortunately lost.

“With the generous help of sponsors alongside our own planting schemes, we can ensure than there are plentiful trees for future generations to enjoy in our parks or green spaces.

Each tree will cost £100, which includes planting and securing the tree. There’s a list of varieties to choose from and trees can be planted in most of the parks and recreation areas in Calderdale. A certificate will be issued to each sponsor to keep as a record of their generous help.

For more information and a list of available trees, visit www.calderdale.gov.uk and search for ‘buy a park a tree’. The first orders will be placed at the end of September ready for planting in November.

If you could display a poster about the scheme it can be downloaded here.

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Santa at Shibden

On Saturday 9 December, 9am – 4pm Santa comes to Shibden.

Receive a present from Santa, a £5 voucher to use at the Mereside Cafe, a ride on the land train and a ride on the miniature railway (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult for both rides)

£12 per child plus £3 per accompanying adult.

The Friendly Brass Band will e providing live music on the day and other entertainment includes a raffle, Christmas Bran Tub and Letters to Santa.

Bookings are now being taken at the Mereside Cafe between 9am and 11am each day 01422 382959

Shibden Christmas Craft Fair

The Shibden Christmas Craft Fair will be held this year on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November 2017 10am – 4pm.

A selection of local crafts and produce on sale in time for Christmas shopping. The perfect place for present buying or to treat yourself!

Admission: Reduced admission to Shibden Hall.

The car park on Lister’s Road is located up the hill from Shibden with a short walk down to the entrance. Further parking is available off Godley Lane by the lake and Mereside Cafe. From here there is an up-hill walk to Shibden Hall. Both car parks require parking tickets to be purchased. Disabled parking is available for Blue Badge holders next to the site, accessed from Lister’s Road and follow the narrow road down towards the Hall.

Santa Comes to Shibden Park

Dare we say that after Halloween and Bonfire Night, Christmas is not far away. On Saturday 9 December from 9am until 4pm Santa is spending some time in Shibden Park. There will also be a brass band to welcome him and of course the Mereside cafe will be open for all your refreshment needs.

What would your children say to a ride on the land train or the miniature railway?

You can book your tickets by calling the Mereside Cafe on  01422 382959.

RSPCA Big Walkies at Shibden Park

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch are hosting their third Big Walkies – a sponsored dog walk for both 2 legged and 4 legged supporters to help raise funds for their local RSPCA Centre.

The 3k walk will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shibden Park, Halifax on Sunday 24 September at 11am. All sponsorship raised will go towards providing care, training and rehabilitation to the current – and future – animals looking for their forever homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and there’s even more to experience on the day with fun stalls and games for the whole family and their pooches to enjoy.

This year Fay Gibbons (RSPCA Events Coordinator) will be taking on the role of lead walker along with one of the centre’s lucky pooches! Fay said “I can’t wait for the return of the Big Walkies to Shibden Park this year. We always have such fun with the local community and it’s an event that really helps us raise awareness of the amazing animal welfare work our branch does and gives us the opportunity to raise vital funds to support this work too.”

It really is a beautiful, scenic walk and it’s great to see so many excited pooches flock to Shibden Park for the best walk ever! I couldn’t help but get involved with the walk myself and I hope this will give us the opportunity to show off some of our current doggy residents looking for their forever homes. We hope to see lots of people and pooches there but if you can’t make it and still want to support us, you can donate through our justgiving page too.”

To register please visit www.rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk It’s only £5 and once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Big Walkies Participant Pack and Big Walkies wristband. All sponsorship raised will go directly to the local RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield Centre, which is a self funded branch of the National RSPCA responsible for raising their own funds within the local area.

For more information or any enquiries please contact Fay on 07399 587618 or faygibbons@rspca-halifaxandhuddersfield.org.uk

Ward Forum Grant Used to Install Play Train at Shibden Park

The Friends of Shibden Park have now completed the play train project which is proving to be a great success with visitors to the park both young and old, the group were successful in securing a £500 Northowram and Shelf ward forum grant, which was used for the carved seats and perimeter fencing.

After mending the footbridge the Friends of Shibden Park moved onto creating the play train next to the Mereside cafe and this was unveiled by the Mayor of Calderdale in July.

Vote for your favourite Calderdale park!

Seven parks in Calderdale are in the running for the Green Flag People’s Choice Award.

To help your favourite Calderdale park to make the UK’s top 10, simply cast your vote by visiting www.greenflagaward.org, select your country/region on the interactive map to find your park and click the ‘vote for this park’ button.

You can vote anytime from 1-30 September 2017. All the UK’s 1,797 award winning Green Flag Award parks are eligible and voting is simple.

Simply use the map to find to your favourite park and click the vote button. It’s really that simple. Once you’ve voted, don’t forget to encourage others to get involved too.