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, May 11, 2022

Good wildflower planting morning!

 

We had a very successful morning on Saturday 7 May, with 11 volunteers planting 300 wildflower plug plants in the Orchard for the Future at Wapley Common. It was good to see some children taking part.

Our objective is to increase the diversity of the grassland area by introducing a range of flowering plants that pollinators love. In this session we planted Devil's Bit Scabious, Lesser Knapweed, Betony, Yellow Rattle and Oxeye Daisy, so we should see a mix of blue, purple, white and yellow flowers appearing in a few weeks time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Meadow species planting on Wapley Common - Saturday 7 May


We've got a rather different work morning coming up on Saturday 7 May, when we plan to put in a mixture of different meadow species plug plants to enhance the diversity in the Orchard for the Future section of Wapley Common.

This is the second phase of our meadow plug planting - we planted a third of the orchard last year, and we'll tackle the other third next year. We've already seen some improvements - more flowers and more butterflies. These plants will help encourage pollinators and discourage more invasive species.

As well as planting we'll be doing a "deep clean" of various areas of the Reserve and cutting back some overgrowth. We'll also have some lighter tasks for people who prefer them - something for everybody, as always.

Meet at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Goose Green AWT work morning - Saturday 9 April

 

We shall be undertaking reserve maintenance on this local Avon Wildlife Trust grassland and wetland nature reserve such as path clearance plus litter picking. Please wear walking or wellington boots and please bring your own gloves if you can.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Please meet at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, north Yate, BS37 5TN, 10.00am.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Successful end to the winter tree planting season - report from work morning Saturday 12 March

First signs of Spring at Wapley Bushes - Lesser Celandine
 

Eleven volunteers took advantage of a clear morning - dry apart from one sharp shower - to plant another 43 trees in the Centenary Wood, to replace trees lost to ash dieback disease. The tree mix was as specified by the Forestry Commission - half hazel (including some larger specimens) and half mixed native broadleaf species.

This brings our ash dieback planting total to 137 trees during the winter, plus 200 willow saplings for the Wellbeing Area and its living hedge structure. We'll need to plant another 157 ash dieback replacements next winter to catch up with our replacement commitment, so we'll have 3 or 4 busy work mornings between November and March.

So what's in our spring programme? Our next workday will be at Goose Green on Saturday 9 April. This is an Avon Wildlife Trust grassland and wetland nature reserve, where we'll be doing reserve maintenance such as path clearance plus litter picking. Please meet at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, north Yate, BS37 5TN, at 10.00am. 

The next work morning at Wapley Bushes will be on Saturday 7 May. We'll be putting in a mixture of different meadow species plug plants to enhance the diversity in the Orchard for the Future section of Wapley Common, and also doing a “deep clean” of various areas of the Reserve and cutting back some overgrowth.

More details of both these events will follow in due course.


Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Wapley Bushes Tree Planting Work Morning - Saturday 12 March

 

For the final Wapley Bushes tree planting work morning of the winter, we have 43 young trees to replace the tall trees that were cut down in the Centenary Woodland last winter due to ash dieback. As uausul there will also be a variety of lighter tasks, so something for everyone.

Meet at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools - for example a spade if you've got one - or if not, tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Good planting sessions this week!

 


On Sunday 27 February our usual volunteers were joined by friends from Yate Rotary Club and the Scouts. There were 16 of us in all, and we made short work of our biggest planting session of the season, putting in 65 young trees in the Centenary Wood as part of our Ash Dieback Replacement Programme.


Then on Tuesday 1 March our "Willow Squad" put in another 100 young willows to complete the outline of our living structure.

We have one more tree planting day coming this winter, on Saturday 12 March.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Wapley Willow Planting - rescheduled to Tue 1 March

 

***Sorry but the willow planting has had to be delayed until Tue 1 March because the ground is waterlogged!***

A small group of local volunteers is planting a willow oval in the Centenary Wood. We've already planted 100 willow saplings, and on Tuesday 1 March we're aiming to put in 100 more. In due course scented wild flowers will be planted inside the area. This living hedge will also incorporate some existing trees.

A living hedge prevents soil erosion and aids water runoff. Living hedges are good wind blocks as well as habitat to birds, insects and small mammals, and they also act to absorb carbon.

Meet at 10.30 am (not our normal 10.00 am!) at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If you haven't got your own gardening gloves, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own spade or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Wapley Bushes Tree Planting Work Morning - Rescheduled to Sunday 27 February

*** Due to high winds still forecast for Sunday 20 Feb this event has been rescheduled until Sunday 27 Feb ***

This will be our biggest work session of the winter. We've got 65 young trees to replace the tall trees that were cut down in the Centenary Woodland last winter due to ash dieback. We will also have a variety of lighter tasks, so as usual there will be something for everybody.

Meet at 10 am at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US. Please wear stout footwear and bring gloves if you have them. If not, we’ll provide gloves that you can keep until the next workday – as a COVID precaution we’re not sharing gloves.

Please come and join us even if you haven’t been before. You can bring your own tools or tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Primrose Bank Workday – Saturday 5 February

This workday is to clear brambles to help spring flowers emerge. It is being jointly organised by Sodbury in Bloom and the Southwold Group of Avon Wildlife Trust.

Please wear outdoor clothing, gloves and stout footwear. Meet at 10.00 am on the east side of Wickwar Road, Chipping Sodbury near the zebra crossing by the entrance to the Frome Valley Walkway.