The Grapevine Parish Magazine entry for April 2017

In troubled times it was heartening to hear our young speaker, Guy Mandziuk, recount his interesting experiences as a volunteer in the recent disaster areas of the Philippines and Nepal.  It requires openness and generosity of spirit.  Guy convinced us that it was very worthwhile and he hopes to work again with the charity, ‘All Hands Together’, which spends 94% of its donations on getting work done, a great example for other charities to follow.

We continue our conservation work in the wood and with Barbara Pyrah’s bequest we are creating a woodland glade in her memory, Barbara’s Glade, situated at the top of the wood, off Styron Way.  Please check the map on the Welcome leaflet in the Library if you want to find the exact location.  We have planted lots of pollinator species such as Lady’s Smock, Meadowsweet, and Wild Angelica provided by Andrew Cutts on the Urban Buzz Project to provide good habitat for Butterflies, Moths and Bees.

Several years ago the group commissioned Barry Wright to survey the hedgerows of Dunnington.  He has been awarded his PhD and part of his work was the ‘Historic Hedgerow Heritage of Dunnington’ project.  The work has been summarized with the full details contained in a DVD at the beginning of the report.  A copy has been left at the Library and all the Dunnington farmers are to be given a copy in thanks for their support and encouragement.  Barry would very much welcome comments and feedback, telephone 01423 358791.

We’re planning a visit to Drax Power Station on Saturday 8th April.   First we’ll walk around their Nature Reserve, called the Skylark Centre followed by lunch at the Comus Inn at Camblesforth, then drive to Drax to be collected by electric buses for a guided tour around the power station.  Everyone is invited to attend all or part of the planned programme.  Please confirm with Linda Maggs, York 489127 if you’d like to join us.

Working Party dates are April 1st, May 6th, June 10th, July 8th and August 5th.

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