Sunday, 16 January 2011

All chipping in to move the chippings

Some of the many volunteers who shifted chippings on to the muddy paths
It was a rainy sunday but loads of volunteers showed up to shift the chippings that had been spread across the car park of the Scarcroft Site.  They were mostly spread along the path behind Wentworth Road and around the main gates.  Once this was done we ferry some up to any volunteers plots that wanted them and then moved what we could of the remainder into the newly built bay.

Many thanks to all who helped out.

If you want chippings please make sure you take them from outsie of the remaining pile in the middle of the the carpark and not the two orderly piles at either end.  Despite 4 hours of labour from a large team we haven't managed to shift all the chippings, so if you want some it would be helpful if you took them from the spread out pile in the middle of the car park.

Before (Sunday 9th) - this may not look masses but believe us it took long enough to shift.

After (Sunday 16th) - the pile was reduced to at least a quarter of its original size

Arlo was extremely helpful and brought his own wheel barrow

Frank and Mike built a new bay for the chippings

Volunteers filled Mike's trailer twice and took chippings over to Hob Moor

Some of the chippings were piled up in the new bay

Did you miss this volunteer event?  Don't worry the next one will be on Saturday 26th of February.  Look out for details nearer the time.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Watch hedge laying in action on Scarcroft Allotments

The folks who have plot 39 on Scarcroft will be laying a very large and overgrown hawthorn hedge this Saturday, Jan 8th (and maybe Sunday as well if it takes too long). If anyone wants to watch and learn from the tree surgeon who is doing it, Don Davies, the plot holders have said they you are most welcome to come along. Don will be using a chain saw as it is such a monster of a hedge.

If you are not sure where plot 39 is either look at the map on the 'Maps of Our 3 Sites' page on this website or look at the map on the front of the allotment shop notice board on Scarcroft Road.
It could be an interesting sight. 

Sunday, 2 January 2011

New Year Work Out on Scarcroft Allotments

Volunteers wanted
It's time to move the chippings on Scarcroft.

Sunday 16th January 10.30 a.m. onwards

If you can, please bring a barrow, a shovel and gloves, but most importantly bring yourselves.

York City Council was kind enough to give us a huge pile of chippings when they trimmed the trees on Scarcroft Road recently.  These chippings are currently spread quite widely across the car park.  We need to move them soon so that the grass in the car park does not die and the whole area does not become a mud bath.  To this end, we are looking for volunteers to help us move the chippings, we are intending to distribute them around the Scarcroft site to improve the paths.  Please let us know if you think any particular paths need attention, our first thoughts are to work on the central path and the one along the back of Wentworth Road. 

So if you are looking for a January work out in the fresh air please join us.  There is no need for it to be back breaking, everyone is welcome to do as much or as little as you want.  Many hands will make light work!  Meet at the allotment shop. Tea and biscuits will be served in the shop from 12 onwards.

If you want chippings for your plot remember it's 50p a barrow load, pay in the shop.