Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Flowers and Seats

August 2, 2020

At the beginning of August the summer bedding in the tubs and barrier baskets were looking very colourful.

Also two new seats have been put in the ‘triangle’ to replace the deteriorating wooden seats. The bespoke design of the new seats commemorate the lives lost in the First World War and the industrial past of Shotley Bridge. They were paid for with the remaining S106 monies from the Story Homes housing development at the hospital.

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Planting after the rain

June 10, 2020

Last Sunday morning volunteers planted the summer bedding in the village, which had been postponed from the day before due to the wet and windy weather forecast.  All the Trust’s tubs and planters were successfully planted with a mixture of Salvia, Geraniums, Dahlia, Petunia, Bidens and Lobelia from Beverages Nurseries.

Thank you to the 24 volunteers and to George Ledger for taking the photographs, who is currently trying to record the Covid-19 Lockdown and its affects on people locally. This year, to ensure social distancing, the committee of 6 decided to sort then transfer the plants to each of the tubs to make it safer for the volunteers to plant.

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Spring blooms

April 3, 2020

To add a little cheer during the coronavirus outbreak here are a few photos of the beds and tubs in the village that were planted by the Village Trust volunteers, in bloom with spring bulbs and flowers …

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Spring Litter Pick Cancelled

March 20, 2020

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak it has been decided to cancel the litter pick arranged for 28 March. We may reorganise it for September if the situation improves.

Open Meeting and Litter Pick

March 9, 2020

There will be no Village Trust Open Meeting in March this year. The next meeting for members and residents will be on 19th May at 7.30pm in the Catholic Church Hall, after the AGM that evening.

The annual spring litter pick is being held on Saturday 28 March this year, in association with Litter Free Durham’s ‘Big Spring Clean’. Volunteers who can spare an hour or two are meeting at the car park next to the Golden Flower at 10am. We aim to tidy up the village centre and along the roads leading out from it. Litter pickers, gloves, hi-viz vests and sacks are provided.

The Big Spring Clean is LitterFree Durham’s annual campaign, operated and delivered by Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

Both councils work in partnership with LitterFree Durham to plan and execute the campaign every year.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the amount of litter in the county by engaging with as many members of the community as possible through litterpicking activities and education in schools accross the area.

The campaign was first launched in 2010 to further LitterFree Durham’s work on the Stop the Drop Campaign that had been promoted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.  Since then it has grown year on year by attracting new groups and by maintaining engagement with previous participants.

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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