Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.


The Nature Reserve is run by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, a small group of volunteers.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yate Common work morning Thursday 2 March



Friends of Yate Common work morning meeting 10.00 am at the wetland area in the middle of the Common, Thursday 2 March. The aim is to remove bramble and rubbish from the trees above the wetland area. Everyone welcome! For more information about the group please check out the FOYC Facebook Group.

Join in your local litter pick!

Dodington Parish Council is arranging three litter picks this spring, one in each ward, to coordinate with some other local events:
  • Saturday 25th February 2017 10am - 12 noon
    Litter Pick: Meet at Parish Hall, Finch Road
    Or join in the conservation work at Lilliput Park from 10am - meet at Kingfisher Road gate
  • Saturday 25th March 2017 10am - 12 noon
    Litter Pick and conservation morning at Wapley Bushes
    Meet at Shire Way entrance to Nature Reserve
  • Saturday 8th April 2017 10am - 12 noon
    Litter Pick: Meet at Kelston Close, Front of Changing Rooms
    Or join in the Abbotswood Action Group Spring Clean and planting 
All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Litter pickers, black sacks, disposable gloves will be provided.
Please join us and do your bit this spring.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Lilliput Park work mornings Sat 25 Feb, Tue 7 March

A small band of enthusiasts - the Lilliput Conservation Group - is spending a couple of hours on the first Tuesday of each month, and also some Saturday mornings, tidying up the hedgerows and plantings in Lilliput Park.

Our next work mornings are Saturday 25 February and Tuesday 7 March.

Please come along and help us improve this historic park. We shall be meeting at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10.00 am. Please wear suitable footwear and bring gloves if you have them.

You can check out the Lilliput Conservation Group on Facebook for more information.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Report from work morning 19 February


There were only five of us yesterday, but we achieved quite a bit. We cut two nice new butterfly bays on the Ride, pruned half the apple trees, litter-picked the picnic area and surroundings and rebuilt a short length of dead-hedging that needed attention. Next work morning will be Saturday 25 March, but please don't forget our AGM tomorrow (Tue 21 Feb)

Friday, February 03, 2017

Wapley Bushes work morning - Sunday 19 February

On this work morning we will be doing winter fruit tree pruning, creating butterfly bays on the sides of the Ride between the woodlands, and clearing up. Please wear walking or wellington boots and bring some gloves.

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland (opposite the road entrance to Cherington), south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Lilliput Park work morning, Tuesday 7th February

A small band of enthusiasts - the Lilliput Conservation Group - is spending a couple of hours on the first Tuesday of each month, and also some Saturday mornings, tidying up the hedgerows and plantings in Lilliput Park.

Our next work mornings are Saturday 21 January and Tuesday 7 February. At the moment we are preparing areas in the Quiet Corner for planting in the Spring.

Please come along and help us improve this historic park. We shall be meeting at the Kingfisher Road gate at 10.00 am. Please wear suitable footwear and bring gloves if you have them.

You can check out the Lilliput Conservation Group on Facebook for more information.

Friends of Ridge Wood Woodland Work Morning - Sunday 19th February

Work Morning, 10:00am to 12 noon
Work days are a fantastic way to make a contribution to the future of this important local nature reserve, and they are great fun. Suitable for all abilities.
new volunteers always welcome, just turn up.
Meet at Melrose Close entrance to woods. (see map here)
Gloves & tools provided

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Orchard pruning workshop, St Johns Mead School, Sat 4th February

Orchard pruning workshop Saturday 4th February 10am-11.30am Please come along and help prune the school orchard. Tools and refreshments provided.

Learn how to prune fruit trees from parent governor Sally Pattison who knows (nearly) all there is to know about fruit trees and tree pruning.

Sensible, supervised children welcome. (Bring secateurs/ loppers if you have them). Meet by the school car park.

More information is available at:
http://www.st-johnsmead.s-gloucs.sch.uk/news?id=268

Wapley Bushes Conservation Group AGM 21 February

The AGM of Wapley Bushes Conservation Group will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 21 February in the Council Chamber at Dodington Parish hall, Finch Road, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6JZ. It will be followed by a committee meeting. Please come along and find out what we've been doing at the Nature Reserve - everyone welcome.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Primrose Bank workday at St John's Park, Sat 28 January

This workday is to clear brambles to help spring flowers. It has been organised by the Southwold Group of Avon Wildlife Trust on behalf of the Frome Forum. Please wear outdoor clothing, gloves and stout footwear.

Meet at 10am on the east side of Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury near the zebra crossing by the entrance to the Frome Valley Walkway.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wapley path improvements under way


Work started this week to improve the long path from the kissing gate to the picnic field, and to deal with some nasty slippery mud patches in various other well-used places on the Nature Reserve.

Later on vegetation will be cut back to widen the Ride to its original size, and to deal with some other growth coming into the Upper Meadow. This will of course be done before the bird nesting season.

The works are being funded jointly by Dodington Parish Council and Wapley Bushes Conservation Group.

Apologies if you find that small parts of the Reserve are closed for a day or two, but it'll all be worth it.