Friday, 29 June 2012

Community grow your own scheme progress

B and Q donation

We would like to thank B and Q for the very generous donation of garden bulbs and water plants. Thanks also to Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Management wardens for delivering them to the project.

Installing the poly tunnel

One of our Directors and Deputy Chief Executive of Furness Building Society Steven Pryer with BAE Graduate Alana Toye. Alana was visiting the project to view the installation of the poly tunnel and write a brief report as part of her voluntary work with Cumbria Community Foundation. The foundation had previously provided the funding which enabled the purchase of the poly tunnel.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Preparing to install our new poly tunnel

Ed Nelson from Continental Landscapes Ltd setting out the support posts in preparation for the installation of our new poly tunnel. Funding to enable the purchase of the poly tunnel was generously provided by Cumbria Community Foundation.

Would you like to help us? - Sponsor a planter

Would you like to promote your organisation and help the community by sponsoring one of the raised planters on our new community grow your own scheme?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Quote for the week......

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning" - Albert Einstein

Routine maintenance activities

Valued volunteers David and Bryan - weeding between our shrubs and mowing the lawn.

Marks and Spencer support

Our roller banners on display in our local Marks and Spencer store in recognition of their support and funding in contribution towards our new community grow your own scheme.

Marks and Spencer Greener Living Spaces donated the profits from the sale of their food carrier bags between May 2008 - 2011 to environmental charity Groundwork who are supporting and funding parks, play areas and public gardens such as our new community grow your own scheme around the UK.

Monday, 25 June 2012

A visiting hedgehog.....

A welcomed visitor joins me while listening to bats.

A recent report (The State of Britains Hedgehogs 2011) shows that hedgehog numbers have dropped by 25% in the last 10 years. Potential reasons for this decline include; the loss of hedgerows, the use of pesticides and slug pellets, garden netting, litter and garden rubbish.

If you would like information about how you can help hedgehogs please visit the British Hedgehog Preservation Society website. Additional information and details of how you can take part in a national hedgehog survey can be found on the Hedgehog Street website.

Barrow's Wildside - FREE Springwatch events

Making it wild at Ormsgill Quarry
Thurs 28 June 2012 12.30-4.30pm
Come along a lend a hand clearing footpaths, mending fences and clearing litter whilst looking at the wildlife at Ormsgill Quarry. Meet How Tun Wood car park on Cliff Lane GR: SD 203 718.

North Walney Beach Clean
Sat 30 June 10-12noon
Chance to do your bit and help turn the tide on the ugly and harmful litter found on the beach at North Walney. All equipment provided. Meet at West Shore/Earnse Bay car park GR: SD 171 698.

The amazing wildlife of South Walney Nature Reserve
Sun 1 July 2012 10.30-12.30pm
Guided walk looking at waders, wildfowl and mammals of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Bring binoculars of you have them. Meet at the car park. GR: SD 215 620.

Woodland Survey Day at Park Rd Wood
Wed 4 July – 10.30-3.30pm
Meet car park in front of Furness Owls,
Park Rd.
Grid Ref, SD: 199 736

For further Barrow’s Wildside information contact Sue Thurley on 01229 471066 or at

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Setting up a composting toilet. Can you help???

Can you help? We are looking into options for providing basic toilet facilities at the Green Heart Den by potentially purchasing and installing a composting toilet but have to admit we do not know a great deal about setting up one and maintaining it.

Could I please ask if you could let us know at any time if you come across one that has been installed locally that we could possibly visit or, if you know of anyone who may be able to offer some free advice. Thank you.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Quote for the week........

“To be kind is to respond with sensitivity and human warmth to the hopes and needs of others.  Kindness can change lives” -  Aung San Suu Kyi

Raised planter allocations

As we approach completion of our new community grow your own scheme we are please to confirm that all 28 raised planters have now been allocated. Among those allocated a planter include; local residents, local Junior Schools and local organisations such as Mind in Furness, CADAS, Croftlands Trust, People First Cumbria, Furness Youth Work Consortium, Jubilee House Opportunities Day Unit,  Age Concern Barrow, Barrow Dads Group and Leonard Cheshire.

Preparing the top surface

Continental Landscapes begin spreading the slate dust. This will eventually be compacted and rolled to provide the final top surface.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Junior Wardens - Moth Event

During the Junior Wardens Moth event, facilitated by Cumbria Wildlife Trust “Barrows Wildside” Officer Sue Thurley, a moth trap was put out the previous evening in the hope of attracting and collecting moths. The following day the trap was checked to see what, if any, moths were collected. The Junior Wardens also learnt more about the life cycle of moths including, species identification, habitat and nectar rich food sources.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sacred Heart Junior School presentation

Pupils from Sacred Heart Junior School being presented with a certificate from Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood warden Andy High and garden tools from our project coordinator Graham Bromley. The pupils were presented with the prize after winning the "garden in a container" competition which took part during Central and Hindpool Neighbourhood Managements Spring Festival. Picture courtesy of Steve Hillman.

Preparing to plant the fruit trees

Preparing to plant the fruit trees (2 apple, 2 cherry and 2 pear)