Tree Planting at Beechwood Park

Members of the Friends of Beechwood Park group together with other park volunteers and staff from Calderdale MBC and North Halifax Partnership spent an enjoyable few hours planting saplings in Beechwood Park. There are a lot of fantastic residents who give up their time to do litter picking, dredging the pond and keeping the park clean and tidy. If this is something you would like to get involved with and want further information please contact Tony King on 0300 555 0266 or email him on tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

If you use the park you will have noticed that improvements have been made to footpaths in the park, new steps have been installed, new benches also installed and repairs to the footbridge just below the pond. This work was carried out by the councils gardening team (who do a great job keeping your park in good order) but paid for through funds raised by the friends of Beechwood Park group.

If you are in the park and see any issues such as damage, flytipping, off road motor bikes please don’t hesitate to report it to the council or the police.

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Tree Planting at Beechwood Park

On Tuesday 5 December, Friends of Beechwood Park met with Chris Sutcliffe of the Calderdale MBC Countryside & Woodlands Service and some of his volunteers to plant some new trees in Beechwood Park.

Beechwood Park is one of Calderdale’s best kept secrets!

This Local Nature Reserve and urban park is situated off Beechwood Drive within walking distance of a number of schools in North Halifax and as you may be aware it used to be home to an army camp.

It’s not all nature though, this park offers great facilities to cater for all ages and preferences including parks, football pitches, a bike track, crown green bowls and for those of you who enjoy working out, you can find some fantastic gym style equipment dotted around.

If you head up towards the more wooded area of the reserve (Tar Hill) you may even be fortunate enough to spot a member of the Roe Deer family that reside there so be sure to have a camera with you on your next visit just in case.

Beechwood Park also has a Friends Group consisting of local residents who work tirelessly to keep improving this outstanding place with litter picks and other beneficial activities.

If you are interested in being part of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group, call Tony King or Dan Marham on 01422 255402 for information and dates of future meetings.

Friends of Beechwood Park minutes of last meeting – 1st August

Read the minutes of the last Friends of Beechwood Park meeting held at St Andrews Church on Tuesday 1 August 2017.

The minutes include park issues and residents feedback as well as funding news and feedback from the Beechwood Big Picnic.

Read the latest minutes online here

Friends of Beechwood Park in the final 3 for ‘Bags of Help’

Joan Tillotson, treasurer of the Friends of Beechwood Park Group recently applied to the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ grants scheme for funding to help pay for essential maintenance and repair work in Beechwood Park and her application has now made it into the final three.

There are 3 grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 up for grabs and it’s now down to shoppers to decide which groups get 1st 2nd or 3rd by placing a disc into a tank for their group of choice which means the Friends of Beechwood Park group are guaranteed at least £1,000 to carry out the necessary work.

So if you’re out shopping at Tesco stores and would like to support the Friends of Beechwood Park, be sure to put your green disc in their tank.

If you would like to get involved with the Friends of Beechwood Park group please contact Ward Coordinator Tony King on 01422 255402 or by email to tony.king@calderdale.gov.uk

bags-of-help-friends-of-beechwood-parkPictured: Ward Coordinator Tony King who helped develop the Friends of Beechwood Park and Group Treasurer Joan Tillotson

Junior Wardens build bird boxes and feeds for National Bird Week

9Moorside Junior Wardens had a lesson in woodwork to build bird boxes and feeds as part of National Bird Week.

The wardens have each made a bird box and feeder which will be put up in Beechwood Park where the habitat of the birds will be monitored throughout the year with help from PCSO Katie Leeman West Yorkshire Police , CMBC Community Warden Ced Ockley ,Dave Pickard and CMBC North Halifax Parks Area Manger Pete Oddy and Paul Tetley.

Karen Scanlon from the Ovenden Initiative said

“This is a fantastic project that was sponsored by the Police Mutual Funds which has allowed the Junior Wardens to have a valuable input to contribute to bird conservation by creating a safe place for the North Halifax Wildlife for National Nest Box Week which takes place every year from 14-21 February, and after more than 19 years it is now an established part of the ornithological calendar.”

4NNBW aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area in order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our breeding birds and wildlife.

Look out for the boxes and habitat in Beechwood Park!

 

 

Clean up produces 10 bags of rubbish at Beechwood Park

beechwood-park-clean-upA clean up of Beechwood Park took place on the morning of Wednesday 12 October as partners from West Yorkshire Police, Calderdale Council and Ovenden Initiative were joined by local residents to tackle the issue.

Just one hour walking around the park with litter picks and bags at hand was enough time to produce a shocking 10 bags full of discarded litter & waste.

We would like to thank local residents John and Richard who came along to help and took part in the much needed clean up.