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.

Saturday, June 22, 2024

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve Workday - Saturday 6 July

 


This workday will comprise a deep clean and cutting back intruding vegetation along the woodland paths to get the reserve ready for our summer visitors. If you can, please bring your own gloves and wear stout footwear.
 

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve Workday - Sunday 12 May


This workday will be a combination of a spring clean of the reserve and planting out native flower plug plants in a grassland area. Please wear stout footwear and please bring your own gloves if you can.
 

Meet at the Shire Way entrance to the woodland, south Yate, BS37 8US, 10.00am.

Saturday, April 06, 2024

Goose Green Workday - Saturday 20 April

 


We shall be undertaking reserve maintenance on this local 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 meet at the bridge on the reserve, west of Oak Close, north Yate, BS37 5TN, 10.00am.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Good work morning on 9th March, and looking ahead

Six enthusiastic volunteers carried out a range of work during the Wapley Work Morning on Saturday 9th March. We planted 16 "bare roots" trees in the top corner between the Upper and Lower Paths:
4 Acer Campestre - Field Maple
4 Quercus Robur - English Oak
5 Tilia Cordata - Small-leaved Lime
3 Alnus Glutriosa - Black Alder

We also planted another oak that was donated to us in a pot, grown from a Frenchay Common acorn.

We then cut back encroaching vegetation around the main woodland paths in the Ancient Woodland and along the Ride, ready for increasing numbers of visitors as the weather improves. We even cleared a fallen tree that was blocking one of the pathways.

Our next two workdays will be as follows:

On Saturday 20 April there will be a Goose Green Work Morning, when we'll be undertaking reserve maintenance on this local grassland and wetland nature reserve in North Yate.

On Sunday 12 May we’re planning to do plug planting in the Orchard for the Future on Wapley Common and a general spring clean of tWapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve.

Please watch this space for further details.



Monday, February 19, 2024

Wapley tree planting morning - Saturday 9 March

 

For our Wapley Bushes tree planting work mornings this winter, we are planting a range of broadleaf species to replace some of the tall trees that were cut down due to ash dieback disease, We will be planting them towards the top of the Ancient Woodland, where the Upper and Lower Paths join. As usual 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.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Report back from Wapley work morning Sunday 18 February

 Ten of us had a very successful session on the 18th, doing a variety of cutting back:

We pruned back some hedgerow branches either side of the young fruit trees at the bottom of the Lower Meadow, to give them more room to grow.

We cut back the brambles round the bug hotels to give better access for pollinators and other creatures - it's not just insects who use bug hotels, it's small mammals and birds as well.

We also cut back vegetation behind several of the newly refurbished benches on the Common. Dodington Parish Council is planning more repair work shortly.

Many thanks to all our volunteers!

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Wapley work morning - Sunday 18 February

 

Due to the very wet ground conditions, it may not be possible to get vehicles up carrying the strimming equipment to prepare the ground for tree planting on Sunday 18 February. We will now be doing all the winter planting on Saturday 9 March.

We still have lots to do on Saturday 18 Feb. Our main task will be to cut back overgrowth around the fruit trees at the bottom of the Lower Meadow, adjoining the bug hotels and if necessary behind the seats on the woodland edge of the Common.

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 shears, a rake or or secateurs if you've got them - or if not, tools will be provided. Everyone is welcome, though children under 16 will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.