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.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lilliput Park work morning - Tuesday 6 December

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

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, November 14, 2016

Heritage fruit trees planted at Wapley work morning 12 November


The ladies discovered a hidden talent,
using a post whacker

Our team of volunteers after a good morning's work

Now, which tree goes where?
We had a great work morning on Saturday at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, planting heritage varieties of apples and pears along the hedge at the bottom of the Lower Meadow, where there are already two very large mature pear trees.

It really started the previous day when two of us went to collect the trees from a specialist nursery. We thought they were going to be about 4 feet high but found that most were nearer 8 feet. they just fitted in the car, with the tops almost out of the front passenger window.

We had selected types of fruit that used to grow around here but are no longer available in the shops, for example beetroot pears - red leaves and red flesh inside. We planted two of these and four apples of several varieties. They are all on vigorous root stocks so they should take root quickly.

We had eight volunteers, just the right number for the job in hand including a lot of litter picking. The weather was kind and the threatened showers didn't materialise.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wapley Bushes work morning - Saturday 12 November

This workday will be a morning of general maintenance work and tidying up the reserve prior to the winter season. 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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lilliput Park work morning - Tuesday 1 November

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

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, October 10, 2016

Spoilt for choice of work mornings this Saturday, Yate Common and Lilliput Park

There will be two local environmental work mornings this coming Saturday (15 October) -


Friends of Yate Common - meet 10 am at the Community Orchard. For more details about the group check out the FOYC Facebook Group.


Lilliput Park Conservation Group  - meet 10 am at the Kingfisher Road gate. You can find out more about Lilliput Park on the LPCG Facebook Group.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Blooming good results for local nature groups

All five local entries for the 2016 South West In Bloom awards have been given the top grade of 'Outstanding' in the Neighbourhoods category. This recognises the effort put in by our dedicated groups of volunteers and the support given by Dodington Parish Council and Yate Town Council.

Charlie Watson (Dodington Allotments Association), Pat Cotterell (Friends of Lilliput Park) and Paul Hulbert (Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future) receiving their certificates from Lady Emma Fellowes, joint patron of South West in Bloom
The award winners are:
  • Dodington Allotment Association (Dodington)
  • Friends of Kingsgate Park (Yate)
  • Friends of Lilliput Park (Dodington)
  • Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve (Dodington)
  • Wapley Common and the Orchard for the Future (Dodington)
Representatives of the groups were presented with their awards at the South West In Bloom ceremony in Taunton.

Judith Cameron (Friends of Kingsgate Park) and Paul Hulbert (Avon Wildlife Trust) receiving the Kingsgate Park certificate from the Mayor of Taunton Deane, Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams