Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Winter bulbs & polyanthus

October 27, 2019

On Saturday morning volunteers from the Village Trust planted up over 50 tubs with tulips, daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinth bulbs together with polyanthus plants.

Thank you to our local councillors and the Project Genesis Trust for providing the funding.

The photos show just a few of the volunteers getting wet!

 

Pooper Snooper

August 1, 2019

The Village Trust has started using “Pooper Snooper”: a free mobile app designed to help communities tackle the issue of dog fouling. The Trust has marked all the existing dog waste and litter bins on a map, so that dog owners can find the nearest bin for wrapped waste. 

It is also being used to mark the location of dog fouling. Over time ‘hot spots’ will build up showing the problem areas that will be reported to the council.

Watch the video to find out more … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq9ZGcBgkFo&feature=youtu.be

Download the app from Apple …  https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/pooper-snooper/id1371970577 

or Google … https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.natural_apptitude.poopersnooper

 

For further information, Durham County Council’s web site explains the law, how to get rid of dog waste and report problem areas, plus campaigns and schemes to tackle dog fouling … http://www.durham.gov.uk/dogfouling.

A Consett man has recently been prosecuted [with a legal bill of £763] for failing to clean up after his dog and pay the fixed penalty fine … http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/21856/Consett-man-prosecuted-for-dog-fouling-offence

Tidy Triangle

July 23, 2019

This morning volunteers cleared the weeds and cut back the shrubbery in ‘The Triangle’, in the centre of the village. The tubs are now not disgraced by the weeds around them.

 

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Grants for Blooming

May 26, 2019

At the AGM a cheque was presented by John O’Connor, Chairman of the Project Genesis Trust, to Sue Shaw, Secretary of the Trust’s Blooming Shotley Bridge group. The funding was made available from the Project Genesis Trust Small Grants Fund.

A similar amount has also been granted from County Councillor Robinson’s Neighbourhood Budget.

Both grants will now enable the Trust to replant the tubs and planters, throughout the conservation area, with  summer and winter bedding this year.

The Triangle

March 8, 2019

Half a dozen Trust members spent a couple of hours this morning collecting debris, moss and leaves from the Triangle in the centre of the village. The block paving around the history board has been cleared of moss and weeds. Eighteen  bags of compostable materials were removed, for the council to collect.

Thank you to the volunteers and to Isabella’s who provided complimentary coffees on completion.

The council intend cleaning the moss from the tarmac areas and repainting the fencing and furniture. Two new seats are also to be provided with the last of the S106 money from the Storey Homes development on the former hospital site.

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Spring clean

March 2, 2019

The annual Spring litter pick by the Village Trust was carried out this morning. Thank you to the nine members who volunteered their time. The village is looking much tidier. Lets try and keep it that way. Only 10 bags collected this year compared to 20 in April 2018.

Purple Croci

February 23, 2019

The Purple4Polio croci are flowering a month earlier this year, because of the mild weather. These are the 5000 bulbs planted in 2017 by the Village Trust provided by Consett Rotary Club. Another 5000 more bulbs were planted last November but these are only just starting to peep through.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

More information can be found on the Rotary website

Purple4Polio 2

November 2, 2018

Consett Rotary Club has given the Trust another 5000 crocus bulbs, to plant in the village.

They have been planted further along the grass verge in front of Riverside, around the Pant and in the verge at Snows Green.

Ten members of the Trust and members of Consett Rotary, who provided the bulbs, volunteered for a couple of hours.

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

More information can be found on the Rotary website.

Weeding party

July 8, 2018

Thank you to the 8 Trust members who came to the working party on Friday morning to weed the tubs, beds, triangle and paths in the village centre. The place is looking much more cared for now.

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Summer bedding planted

June 9, 2018

This morning the Trust’s volunteers planted the summer bedding in tubs and planters, within the conservation area. Thank you to those that helped and Beveridge’s for supplying and delivering the plants.

We are trying out a more experimental mixture of plants this summer, in the hope of adding more variety. We hope you like the difference.

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Spring is here

April 8, 2018

On Friday, volunteers from the Village Trust were maintaining the sustainable beds in the village centre that the Trust has adopted. The spring bedding in some of our tubs was in full bloom, too.

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Litter picked

March 24, 2018

Thank you to the 15 Trust members who collected 20 bags of litter this morning, during our annual Spring litter pick in the village.

Croci in bloom

March 21, 2018

Last October volunteers from the Trust planted 5000 purple crocus bulbs on the verge opposite Rumi’s.  They had been provided by Consett Rotary Club to raise awareness of its ‘Purple for Polio’ national campaign.

A couple of weeks ago just a handful of crocus were visible, but the warmer weather following the ‘Beast from the East’ has led to the start of blooming. A bit more sunshine over the next few days should ensure a wonderful Easter display, provided children and dogs don’t trample the flowers.

 

Open Meeting – 20th March

March 13, 2018

The Trust’s next ‘Open’ meeting is being held next Tuesday at the Catholic Church Hall on Snows Green Road.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm with coffee/tea & biscuits served from 7.15pm.

The main item on the Agenda is a discussion about ‘dog fouling’, which appears to be getting worse.

Clean sweep for ‘The Cut’

December 11, 2017

Last Friday morning a group of 5 volunteers cleared overhanging branches, debris and mud from the well used tarmac path between Briary Gardens and Peile Park. It is also known as the ‘Chicken Run’, as there used to be a chicken coup in the field beside the path. The stream was also cleared of debris.

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Purple4Polio

November 4, 2017

The Trust has been given 5000 crocus bulbs by Consett Rotary Club, to plant in the village.

It was decided to plant them along the grass verge opposite Rumi’s, in front of the daffodil bulbs which the Trust planted a few years ago.

Over half were planted yesterday by seven volunteers from the Trust and another working party has been arranged for next Friday to finish the job.

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The Rotary’s Purple4Polio initiative in 2016 was a huge success with nearly 7 million purple corms being planted across Great Britain and Ireland resulting in a carpet of purple in communities during spring 2017. This year, Rotary is aiming to go even further and plant 10 million purple crocus corms!

The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary’s worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with its colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.

More information can be found on the Rotary website.

Village centre tidy up

October 7, 2017

Thank you to the 10 Trust members who helped remove litter, moss & weeds from the pavements and ‘triangle’ in the village centre yesterday morning. Everywhere looks much tidier now, after only a couple of hours work.

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Working parties are being held on the first Friday morning of the month. Next month we are bulb planting, daffodils & croci along the main road.

 

New rules for dog owners

June 6, 2017

Dog owners are being advised of new rules that came into force in County Durham at the beginning of June.

Durham County Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to encourage responsible ownership and tackle issues such as dog fouling and strays.

The order, which will replace the existing Dog Control Order introduced in 2009, means that it is now an offence to:

  • Fail to pick up dog mess
  • Allow a dog to stray
  • Fail to put a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an authorised officer
  • Allow a dog into any fenced-off play area named in the PSPO, which includes the new play area on Snows Green Road

Anyone seen flouting the new rules will be issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN), reduced to £60 if paid within 10 working days. Failing to pay the FPN will result in court action and a possible fine of up to £1,000.

The order will not apply to anyone who is registered blind, is disabled or who uses a trained assistance dog.

Find out more about the new enforcement powers on the County Council’s website.

Litter pick success

April 9, 2017

On Saturday morning 15 members of the Trust, together with our local county councillors, picked up litter from the village centre and along the main roads radiating outwards. Thank you to all those who volunteered. The village looks a lot tidier now.

Land of Oak & Iron

March 7, 2017

The next meeting of the Shotley Bridge Village Trust is on 21st March. Please invite your relatives, friends & neighbours to come along.

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Kath Marshall-Ivens, Community Engagement Officer, from Groundwork will be giving a presentation about the ‘Land of Oak & Iron’ Landscape Partnership.  This 4 year project, hosted by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, is supported by a £2.2 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Working with local communities and partners it aims to conserve, enhance and celebrate the natural, industrial and cultural heritage of the Derwent Valley. There are now 14 projects being delivered until 2020, with many opportunities for local people, groups and organisations to get involved through a range of different activities.

 

For more information about the Partnership and opportunities to get involved go to their website.