Practical Tasks Group - the PTG

The Friends have a well established practical tasks group.

The group meets each Wednesday throughout the year when jobs tackled include maintenance of paths, repairing dry stone walls, stream cleaning and cutting back of undergrowth. Each week we empty bins and litter pick to ensure the woods look their best.

New members are always welcome - if you are interested, please contact us at tasks@judywoods.org.uk

May 2021

In May our volunteers worked 234 hours and collected 50 bags of litter plus a car wheel, 2 tyres, 4 tyre treads, 2 car wheel rims, a boiler pressure vessel, 2 traffic cones, a small kiddies slide, 2 shopping trollies, a lorry mudguard, a length of metal fencing, a small metal box, a lilo, a home-made bow (no arrows), length of mesh fencing, a complete fibreglass canoe, and a medium gas bottle.

As well as our usual maintenance tasks the Woodside notice board was cleaned, weeds removed in Judy's garden and a large camp in Jagger Park Wood was demolished and the site cleared.

After heavy rain the culvert from the farmer's field was overflowing, but now we know where the problem is the debris was removed and it's back to normal again.

Our old adversary Himalayan balsam is back, a little later than usual but no doubt just as troublesome. If you see any, do feel free to pull the little blighters up. There should be notices around the woods giving more instructions. Thank you to those who help us in this way on their walks through the woods.

April 2021

In April our volunteers worked 243 hours and collected 78 bags of litter plus 3 sun loungers, a child's bike, an artificial Christmas tree, a large sack full of rubbish, a complete car wheel, a bicycle rim, bits of a burnt out tent, a
piece of metal railing, a shopping trolley, a piece of trolley cage, a car tyre, a car tyre tread, a length of plastic car trim and a roll of heavy duty plastic sheeting.

As usual most of the large pieces of rubbish came from the beck. We're still monitoring the beck for riverfly and getting a bit better at identifying the major species which can give an indication of the health of the beck.

Our QR code posts were checked and given a lick of paint and replaced where necessary. Beech whips were removed, missing and broken fence railings by the steps down top Judy Bridge were repaired and the walls up Royds Hall Lane tackled by our walling team.

March 2021

In March our volunteers worked a record number of 318 hours and collected 75 bags of litter plus a small gas bottle, an Opal grill, a pushchair, a 25L oil drum, a bike, a scooter frame, a plastic bin full of rubbish, a composting bin, 2 pieces of carpet, and a “Wiggle” scooter.

This month we've had help from members of the public who helped our volunteers remove heavy items from the beck and we also welcomed three younger person during the school holidays. Thanks to everyone who helps on a regular basis and our guest helpers.

There's been a lot of routine work carried out and some new ventures started. On the News page you can read about our river fly sampling project which will be a regular feature of our work from now on, checking the water quality of the beck.

We've found a new use for the beech whips we've been pulling. Brian has been at the head of the assault on the the little saplings which are in danger of taking over in parts of the woods. Encouraged by Lorna and Elliot from the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust we've discovered that the whips can be bundled together to build fascines. These were installed above High Fernley Beck to protect the banking from erosion.

On March 10th we commemorated what would have been the 100th birthday of Mary Trossell (nee Eastwood) who inspired our Mary's Walk booklet. See the News page for details.


Repairing the plank bridge in Low Wood.


Lorna shows Mary how to make the bundle.


Lorna and Elliot watch as Geoff fixes the fascine in place


Job well done


No stone goes unturned in our quest for river fly.


Noah uses a turkey baster to transfer flies from the sampler tray to the identification tray.

February 2021

In February our volunteers worked a total of 120 hours and collected 37 bags of litter plus a shopping trolley and a small dressing table.

All the usual stuff.......drains and culverts unblocked, leaky dams maintained, litter picked and beech whips pulled plus High Fernley Beck was corrected to stop water collecting in the low area below the main path.

In addition we finally figured out what was causing the water damming problem near the kissing gate from Judy's Field when we got permission to check in Woodlands field. We got a wonderful present from the council - a long reach litter picker! It's going to make retrieving litter from down the banking on Station Road a lot easier.

The council have started felling the diseased trees in Low Wood. It looks a sorry sight but is necessary to maintain the health of the remaining trees.  The timber will be left on site and allowed to rot - this is council policy as it is good practise to provide rotting wood for beetles and other insects.


The long.......


..and the short of it.


Go on - count the rings and tell us how old the tree is


There's a culvert down there, which we eventually unblocked.


Leaky dams are supposed to leak - ours got blocked up!

January 2021
In January our volunteers worked a total of 156 hours and collected 94 bags of litter plus a walking pole and a piece of pipe. We are back in lockdown again therefore working in smaller groups, maily litter picking. It may be cold, damp and miserable but there is still litter out there.


Tina & Mary

More litter

Joyce & Sally

Two of our wallers have finished one of the repatrs in Royds Hall Lane and also made stone steps and levelled the path at the kissing gate from the farmer's field.

The cone culvert on High Fernley Road and the one leading to the well in Judy's field were checked and are running free. The leaky dam upstream from the mineral line culvertwas overflowing around one side. Debris was cleared and the overflow stopped.

December 2020

In December our volunteers worked a total of a 207 hours and collected 41 bags of litter

We've done our usual winter work of clearing leaves, unblocking drains and culverts, checking tree guards and mending broken fences and walls.

Thanks to the lady who delivered us mince pies again. It made up for not being able to have our annual Christmas dinner - but not quite as filling.


Not a pug blowing bubble gum, but a pug playing with a balloon which delighted some of the PTG.


Still repairing those walls.


Two unusual sights in the fields adjoining the woods. This year the farmer has ploughed part of Great Pea Royd for the first time that we can recall.


These sheep in the fields called Woodlands, Round Field and Plain Field and were commented on by many people walking in the woods.  We're used to seeing cows but here's another first.


Finally, it has been great to welcome new members to our Practical Task Group this year so please give a round of applause to our walling team Ken, Kevin, Hugh and John, and litter pickers extraordinaire............Liz, Roger and Tina and not forgetting the rest of the team...you know who you are

THANK clapping YOU

and finally a big thank you to all those unknown people who help us keep the woods looking good by taking home their litter and dog poo and even collecting up other people's litter.




November 2020

In November our volunteers worked a total of a 156 hours and collected 35 bags of litter plus some plastic sheeting, a length of flue pipe, a shower tray, a small metal sheet and a small traffic cone.

We had a blip in our efforts at the beginning of lockdown mark 2, when we were asked by the council to temporarily cease operations. These restrictions were later lifted and we were asked to follow the stricter social distancing rules. However throughout the month we continued to empty the bin at the top of the steps which has been regularly overfilled.

Leaves, undergrowth and tree branches have figured largely this month. We've cleared the leaves from the steps down to Judy Bridge and one stalwart volunteer cleared the 99 steps on their own - well done.  Leaves have been cleared from culverts and drains and leaves and small logs removed from the leaky dam just up from the Mineral Line culvert, The marker post at the entrance to the woods down Royds Hall Lane near the turning to Horse Close Cottages was rescued from the undergrowth.

Dams were removed from High Fernley Beck and the stream's original course was re-established.

We've had problems with dry stone wall damage again, especially in the High Fernley Road area. We thank our walling team for persevering in the wake of such thoughtless damage.

A mountain ash sapling was planted in the memorial.

woods more woods
Now you see it - now you don't!
path clean path
Going, going, gone!
October 2020

In October our volunteers worked a total of a hundred and sixty five hours and collected forty two bags of litter plus a child's sit on car, a trolley, a large traffic cone, a small bike, a corrugated plastic sheet, a large bike tyre, a truck wheel, a tyre tread and part of a child's motorised ride on jeep.

Too late in the year now for much  balsam bashing but plenty of rubbish and litter to pick following bikers and BBQ parties.  We've been removing the plastic guards from around the trees planted by the Clifton Beck Project, Culverts have been cleared, leaves removed and various low hanging branches have been removed.



Henry's clearing leaves from the blocked culvert in Low Wood

happy tree

Even the tree seems pleased with his work

September 2020

In September our volunteers worked a total of two hundred hours and collected sixty one bags of litter plus four shopping trolleys, part of a child's ride on toy, a car tyre, a car wheel, bits of car trim, part of a Halifax sign, a duvet, a fridge carcase, a car seat frame. a disposable BBQ, two roof tiles, two pallets, a car seat, a tarpaulin and a trike scooter.

Most of this rubbish was removed from the beck by our team working from Woodside. There was still a lot of balsam to be bashed especially in the Snoddy Mountain area. Following the recent heavy rain a lot of drainage channels needed clearing and although we had a go at the drains recently cleared on Station Road we had no success in clearing the new blockages.



Not picking a mushroom


Litter picking in Jagger Park Wood

August 2020

In August our volunteers worked a total of 175 hours and collected 48 bags of litter plus part of a toy car, stripped out car dashboard, two burnt camping chairs, part of a truck tyre, a shopping trolley bag, a pop up tent, thirteen milk crates full of clean bottles and a length of chicken wire.
As ever we continue with our balsam bashing and are pleased with the take up of help from members of the public.

The vast increase in the number of visitors to the woods has seen more littering, but thanks are again due to members of the public helping out and added to our weekly litter picks the woods are looking good.

We've had to cut down five rope swings which present a safety hazard, bearing in mind the fragile condition of many of the beech trees boughs. We've repaired walls, bridge planks and drainage channels.

We're taking part in a consultation with the council about bikers in the woods, passing on details of fly tipping and trying to make visitors aware of the parking regulations on Station Road which are being ignored.



Wallers John and Kevin hard at it

Little worker

A portrait of a hard worker

July 2020

In July our volunteers worked a record total of 300 hours and collected 54 bags of litter plus a tyre tread, a boom stick, a tent pole, 2 large cardboard boxes, a short length of road barrier and 4 sacks of building rubbish fly tipped over the Station Road fence.

We've continued balsam bashing - the huge patch at Snoddy Mountain Woodside seems endless - but a lot of progress have been made there and throughout the woods. Thanks are due to members of the public who took up our challenge - we keep finding piles of uprooted balsam which we know haven't been responsible for.

Also continued thanks to all those people - some of you unknown to us - who have cleared up after other people's drink parties.

Our walling team have complete repairs in Royds Hall Lane and are currently working by the kissing gate near Horse Close Beck which suffered a lot of damage in the floods earlier this year.

The collapsed leaky dam in Low Wood just up from the mineral line has been re-built.


The collapsed leaky dam in Low Wood just up from the mineral line has been re-built.

Julie and Henry

Julie and Henry set to work - proving you are never to young to join the Task Group!

June 2020

In June our volunteers worked a total of 180 hours and collected 66 bags of litter plus 4 car tyres, a full car wheel, a tyre tread, a wheel rim, 2 pieces of road barrier, large and small traffic cones, remains of a suitcase, 2 shopping trolleys, the basket of a trolley, the side of a wheelie bin and a small bike.

This month we've had some new volunteers which is great news and also some members of the public have taken up our balsam pulling challenge - see the homepage for details. Teams of volunteers have been pulling balsam throughout the month and some even at the week end - over and above the call of duty. After years of seeming to get nowhere we're finally beginning to get on top of the pink stuff in several areas.  Have a look at the edge of the path of the Scout Field as you go up Sowden Lane from the bridge. Not much balsam - now nettles have taken over.

Young helpers

Young members of the public keen to help a hand


Where to start?

bashed balsam

How it ends up...resistance is futile!

social thiny

PTG members show how it is possible to social distance AND bash balsam

A team of three wallers have now joined us to repair damage to dry stone walls. They started on High Fernley Road and are now working on Royds Hall Lane. Thanks guys - much appreciated!  We hope we can look and learn and improve our basic walling skills.

dry stone walling Finished wall

A lot of our time this month has been diverted to clearing up after parties in the woods.  10 bags were removed from one area alone and we thank our volunteer who used his van to move the bags. We also want to thank those members of the public who also took it upon themselves to clear up after other people's parties - well done.

We've got back to doing more general maintenance - drains have been unblocked in Station Road, overhanging branches cut back and the bridge across to Snoddy Mountain at Woodside made safe.

And to quote our Task Group Co-ordinator - "Our favourite bin has been emptied" .........many many times - why not take your rubbish and dog poo home with you??

May 2020

In May our volunteers worked a total of 140 hours and collected 58 bags of litter plus a motorbike tyre, 2 pieces of plastic car bumper, 4 car tyres, s car rims, a wheelie bin lid, a large section of plastic road barrier, base of a large traffic cone, a garden waste bag and a single mattress.

We've continued to litter pick as individuals and couples as part of our allowed daily walks.  Members of the public have also been extremely helpful in helping us clear away after a blight of drinks parties - special thanks to them for taking the initiative.  Towards the end of the month as restrictions were relaxed to allow meeting members from outside your household it's been possible to work in pairs (still socially distanced of course) and clearing the stream and balsam bashing has been possible again.

rubbish rubbish bags
Carting away those smelly bags of rubbish - we're encouraging people to take their doggy bags home or deposit them in the bins at the edge of woods which are emptied by the council. The bin at the top of the steps is emptied by our volunteers and is not a pleasant task - especially when rubbish builds up that won't fit in the bin.
April 2020

In April our volunteers worked a total of 78 hours and collected 43 bags of litter - this in the first full month of COVID-19 restrictions on the way we normally work.

Another knock on effect of the Corvid-19 restrictions is that more people are using the bins to deposit litter and dog poo. The bin at the top of the steps leading down to Judy Bridge is emptied by our volunteers and its contents have to be taken to Station Road where the council will pick up our litter bags. This is not a pleasant task at any time, but look at what the bin looked like over Easter!  For this reason we are asking you to take your dog poo and litter home with you, or deposit it in the bins emptied by the council on Station Road, Wyke: Meadway and Ullswater Crescent, Woodside and Village Street, Norwood Green.
March 2020

In March our volunteers worked a total of 97 hours and collected 26 bags of litter plus a length of drainpipe and a length of aluminium tubing.

Damaged bird and bat boxes were removed from various trees. Mud was cleared in High Fernley Road.

The COVID-19 outbreak has meant that our Practical Task Group can no longer meet up to work on projects, but as part of the allowed daily exercise some of our members are walking the woods separately to do litter picking. 

February 2020

In February our volunteers worked a total of 177 hours and collected 34 bags of litter plus a weathered council sign, a wheelie bin, 5 bags of cannabis waste and length of fencing wire.

Record amounts of rain have meant that we're waiting until the worst is over before restoring the stepping stones in the beck by Jagger Park Wood. We've been clearing leaves blocking drains, culverts, steps and paths and cutting back overhanging branches. 

Four apple trees have been planted in Judy's Garden and guards fitted.

Reconditioned markers have been fitted to some of the trees on the Picture Trail


A lake has formed again in the old channel to the left of the main path, but this will drain away once the water levels drop.

January 2020
In January our volunteers worked a total of 144 hours and collected 44 bags of litter plus a car wishbone, a wheel backplate and a car tyre.
This month we cleared drains and culverts and used the leaf blower to clear paths, Beech whips continue to be pulled. Maintenance was carried out on the stepping stones but later storms have washed them away.
We've started surveying the red marker route to clean posts and check posts are still in position.
Sadly we have had to remove the vandalised notice board at Woodside.
Rowan trees were planted in Judy's Field and guards were fitted.


Alan planting apple and pear trees in Judy's field.
It is hoped that these trees will encourage more birds and small rodents such as field mice.


filling up tyres to use as stepping stones


looking for the drain to clear on Station Road


belated Christmas treats from a grateful supporter

December 2019

In December our volunteers worked a total of 95 hours and collected 24 bags of litter. We had a Wednesday off to share in our Christmas lunch and with both Christmas Day and New Year's day falling on a Wednesday volunteer hours are down. On each occasion members went in another day to empty the bins - such dedication - thanks.
Steps and plank bridges were cleared of leaves, drainage channels checked and cleared of debris and work started on the wall repairs on High Fernley Road.
Beech whips continue to be pulled but following the discovery of Phytophthora cambivora amongst our beeck population we are no longer replanting whips to stabilise banking.

We were sorry to say goodbye to Andrew Cutts from the council Woodlands Team and wish him well in his new appointment in Wales. We have appreciated his knowledge and methods of working with us.

November 2019

In November our volunteers worked a total of 135 hours and collected 34 bags plus a metal tray, a motorbike and car tyre, 2 medium sized compressed gas cylinders and a duvet cover.  More deja vu still clearing leaves and pulling beech whips and even more mud.

We are devastated to find out woods are infected with Phytophthor. Please see here: skull

PTG Nov ptg Nov2
October 2019

In October our volunteers worked a total of 189 hours and collected 33 bags of litter plus 4 cushions, a blanket, a medium sized 2 wheeled wheel bike, 1 bicycle wheel, 2 large electrical sockets and a plastic petrol can.

This time of year it's a bit like deja vu - unblocking culverts, clearing leaves, moving fallen branches, pulling beech whips - you get the picture?

Andrew Cutts, Bradford Council Assistant Woodland Manager, walked round with Alan and Ian one Wednesday morning to look at areas where new trees could potentially be planted.

September 2019

In September our volunteers worked a total of 141 hours and collected 39 bags of litter plus 2 car tyres, a wheel rim, 2 car seats, a 3m length of plastic pipe, a soaked duvet, a length of road barrier, 5 cannabis root bags, a length of metal tube and a length of rope.

We've just about reached the end of balsam bashing for this year and have been catching up on general maintenance of paths and bridges plus our usual litter picking.

Marker down Marker up
Putting one of the markers on the red trail back in position
August 2019

In August our volunteers worked a total of 126 hours and collected 32 bags of litter plus 2 large bags of BBQ rubbish, a 25L plastic container, the front wheel of a child's scooter, the axle of a wheelie bin and a bicycle tyre.

New mesh was filled to 4 bridge on the Perimeter Path and staples hammered into the plank bridge by the 99 steps to offer some grip. Edging was replaced on various paths and stepping stones repositioned.

Redundant canes and guards were removed from recently planted trees and weeding was done in Judy's garden.

Balsalm continued to be bashed!

PTG Repairs
bridge stream
July 2019

In July our volunteers worked a total of 189 hours and collected 38 bags of litter plus a tyre tread, a box of Bud empties and the seat and one leg of a wooden chair.

  • path edgings were replaced
  • a broken rail was replaced on the fence down to Judy's garden
  • work was started on the worn mesh on the bridges on the perimeter path
  • bracken was removed in the memorial garden
  • debris was cleared from the stepping stones after the recent heavy rain
  • the Station Road banking was cleared of rubbish and overhanging branches were cut back
  • balsam bashing continues
Judy Woods Heavy rain damage
June 2019

In June  our volunteers worked a total of 172 hours and collected 35 bags of litter plus the remains of a burnt wheelie bin, a child's scooter, 2 shopping trolleys, 3 mattress springs and a tyre.

Waste from various fires found in the woods were cleared. The Station Road banking was cleared of rubbish. Overhanging branches in various locations were cut back.  Planting and weeding was done in Judy's Garden and Picture Trail markers were checked and replaced where necessary. Various bits of fencing and rails were replaced and the tyres at the stepping stones were checked, some new ones added and others repositioned.

Tasks tyres

The balsam has appeared later than usual this year but we've started our annual onslaught and judging by the scarcity of plants in some areas we have concentrated on in the past, we hope that our good work is finally paying off.


Sue getting to grips with the problem.

burnt bin

Not sure what Brian's got there - could it be a dead wheelie bin?

May 2019

In May our volunteers worked a total of 103 hours and collected 37 bags of litter plus 2 tyres, 2 pieces of foam from a chair, a piece of burnt out wheelie bin, part of a wagon wheel arch, a glove box lid and two larger pieces of metal.

This month's hours are less than usual as one of our Wednesday morning sessions was replaced by a First Aid training session given to 12 of our volunteers by the Red Cross. We take our safety in the woods very seriously and the update on basic first aid, giving CPR and the use of a defibrillator were very useful and we thank our tutor Dennis Brooksbank for his clear instructions.

In addition to our usual work on paths and clearing fallen trees we've been repairing vandalised walls and fences and the council has had to be called in to deal with quad bike damage.

The first balsam of the season has reared it's pretty head and we'll be taking the smile off its face in the coming weeks. Fancy joining us in this task?  See the events page for details of our Balsam Bash on Saturday 29th June.


First handful of balsam this year, grabbed off Royds Hall Lane

New gear

"How do you like our new kit?"


Repairing a bit of damaged wall on the perimeter of Judy Wood

Job done.

Job done!

April 2019

In April our volunteers worked a total of 159 hours and collected 46 bags of litter plus a shovel, a piece of car bumper, some water pump pliers, a 3ft metal stake, a metal frame of a small car, a piece of double glazing window frame, a tyre, a 25l liquid container and a plastic pet carrier.

Two camps sites have been cleared in Old Hanna Wood. Over 3 weeks the beck has been walked from the mineral line culvert in Low Wood to the stepping stones in Royds Hall Great Woodand rubbish removed.

Weeding and planting has been done in Judy's Garden and the culvert by Judy's spring checked and made more secure.

A length of collapsed path edging has been replaced just in from the kissing gate on Station Road.

March 2019

In March our volunteers worked a total of 153 hours and collected 34 bags of litter plus a space hopper, 2 pieces of plastic road barrier, a rusty metal post, 2 car tyres, a car wishbone and a length of wire. Part of the path by the beck has been closed during work by contractors on the overhead pylon lines which has necessitated working in other areas.

Some ropes and harnesses were needed to clear the litter from down the banking on Station Road.

Station Road Station Rd
February 2019

In February our volunteers worked a total of 177 hours and collected 39 bags of litter plus a car tyre, two large sheets of plastic and half a large garden pot.

We had to re-do quite a bit of work on the revetment of the mineral line following vandalism but the area now seems to have been stabilised. We continue to remove beech whips and repair damaged paths.

Repairs more repairs
January 2019

In January our volunteers worked a total of 186 hours and collected 34 bags of litter plus 2 lengths of metal pipe, a large sheet of plastic, a road sign, 8 canvas bags, a length of rod, a large holdall and the legs of a folding stool.

In addition to winter maintenance and beech whip pulling, various fallen branches were removed. The stepping stones into Jagger Park Wood were inspected and channels dug nearby in a new long term project where we are trying to drain the swampy area adjacent to the steps which will hopefully allow us to get near a huge patch of balsam which needs attention.

Three steps were repaired leading to the stepping stones over High Fernley Beck.

Step repair
December 2018
In December our volunteers worked a total of 98 hours and collected 21 bags of litter plus a large sheet of plastic and a 15l water bottle
Hours were slightly less due to the Christmas break but some of our dedicated team emptied the bins over the holidays. During the month we concentrated on the usual winter maintenance issues of drains, culvert and clearing leaves, and of course removing beech whips! We had a PTG Christmas lunch at the Guide Post but you'd think we were showing off if we added photos of our Christmas jumpers.
November 2018

In November our volunteers worked a total of 156 hours and collected 25 bags of litter plus a piece of tyre tread, a car tyre and a car scissors jack.

We turned our attention to fallen leaves this month. They've been cleared from various paths, steps, grates and culverts along with other debris.

Shallow drainage channels have been made in the lanes coming through the woods to help clear pools of water.

Beech whips continue to be removed in an effort to make some of the paths more obvious.

October 2018

In October our volunteers worked a total of 135 hours and collected 32 bags of litter plus a piece of car bumper, a wheel rim, a tyre, a large traffic cone and the base of a 2 seater settee.

We've worked four sessions on Low Wood Beck, protecting the banking of the mineral line underneath the previously installed revetment and two leaky dams were installed further upstream to try and slow the flow of water.

Leaky Dam

Julie working on a leaky dam.

Alan & Tony

Alan and Tony working on the banking by the mineral line

Fallen branches blocking paths or overhanging fences in several different parts of the woods have been removed. Broken steps and path edging has been repaired and steps cleared of leaf litter. 

Ian & John

Ian and John make short work of a fallen branch

Ian & Stuart

Ian and Stuart repairing steps near the Woodside entrance

Brian has been tackling those beech whips again - like Himalayan balsam removal it's a never ending task.

September 2018

In September our volunteers worked a total of 135 hours and collected 22 bags of litter plus a length of barbed wire, a whole car wheel, a length of carpet, a large piece of underlay, a child's large motorised toy, and the base of a large traffic cone.

We're still balsam pulling but we've also been checking all the QR code posts and installed some new ones with details of the Clifton Beck Project and James websites.

Some damaged dry stone walls have been repaired and low overhanging branches have been removed on various paths.


Damaged walls down Royds Hall Lane


Lining stones up to use in repairs


Getting on with it


Repairing wall by Judy's Wood

Work has started to combat the erosion underneath the previously installed revetment in Low Wood Beck. A base of ballast was laid and large stones placed on top to protect the right hand bank of the beck. All this will be concreted in eventually. In places the bed of the beck was deepened to try and direct water flow away from the eroded banking. We are planning to install 2 leaky dams upstream to slow the water flow. So watch this place.

August 2018
In August our volunteers worked a total of 213 hours and collected 44 bags of litter plus 3 tents, a bicycle and a single kitchen unit.


Work on the steps up into Jagger Park wood has now been completed and we thank Stuart and his team for making the path up from the beck much safer, yet still in keeping with the surroundings.

Much balsam bashing has been done over the summer months and we are having to revisit areas a number of times to make sure we catch late comers before they "pop". We are concentrating on clearing areas a few yards either side of the beck to stop seeds entering the water.
Balsam Balsam gone

Members of the PTG are often gratified when thanked for our work by people who use the woods regularly. Recently one such person commented that they were pleased to meet the PTG in person at last as they were of the opinion that the Friends group were fairies who did their work secretly! 

July 2018

In July our volunteers worked a total of 193 hours and collected 34 bags of litter plus yet another small traffic cone, a short length of trunking lid and a
small plastic cover/guard.

We have removed the vandalised FoJW noticeboard at the Woodside entrance and the council have repaired the damaged wall nearby.

Work continues in Judy's Garden area, repairing the wall, removing brambles and maintaining the wild flower patch.

Stuart and his team continue their work on the steps up into Jagger Park Wood.

Volunteer numbers have been high recently and we have also had help this month with balsam bashing from Woodside Scouts and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust volunteers. Thanks to both groups.

Balsam 1

balsam 2

There's a bit of a competition going on here to find the biggest!

June 2018

In June our volunteers worked a total of 120 hours plus (balsam bashing) and collected 35 bags of litter plus what must be a record three trollies, a trolley cage, seven tyres, a large Calor gas bottle,one large and 0ne small bike, a plastic sledge, a small traffic cone, the base of a large traffic cone, a plastic bucket, TV circuit board and a number of other large items.

Work continues at Judy's garden and repairs on the QR trail. Damaged trees have been removed and as the above figures testify we've cleaned out the stream down the ravine. We've taken delivery of two long handled scythes - all we need now is to learn how to use them safely.


trash June

Where does it all come from?


The lengths (or depths) we go to to collect that rubbish.

May 2018

Julie and Brian took over from Alan as organisers of the Practical Task Group at the beginning of the month and are getting to grips with their duties very nicely.

In May our volunteers worked a total of 181 hours and collected 28 bags of litter plus an adult bike and a length of barbed wire.
Work continues on the steps into Jagger Park Wood and Judy's Garden

Judy's garden Judy's Flowers

See how Judy's Garden grows! Linda and Julie's tender care is paying off.

Sadly many of the trees planted by the Clifton Beck Project have been vandalised and their volunteers have had to spend extra time replacing tree guards.

Trees growing below Judy Bridge were beginning to block views of the stream, so after a bit of work pruning low growing bushes the area has opened up again.

bridge bridge

Himalayan balsam is beginning to come through along the stream and our fingers are itching to start pulling it out. If you'dlike to help - please go to the Events tab for details of our Balsam Bash on Saturday 30th June.

April 2018

In April our volunteers worked a total of hours 135 and collected 24 bags of litter plus a car sump guard, tyre, piece of carpet, plastic plank , fire extinguisher.
More of the same – clearing mud, planting trees, pulling out whips.  Linda and Julie have taken on responsibility for the newly cleared part of Judy’s garden and we hope their tender care will result in a display of wild flowers later on in the year.


Linda and Julie have taken on responsibility for the newly cleared part of Judy’s garden and we hope their tender care will result in a display of wild flowers later on in the year.

March 2018

In March our volunteers worked a total of 162 hours and collected 30 bags of litter, a bike, large traffic cone, two duvets, large plastic container, an old car wheel rim and 2 tyres.
The ground around the kissing gate entrance in Station Road was cleared of mud and leaves and also further along the main path, where it was very muddy. The path and steps down to the stream from the stile entrance on the mineral line was also cleared. The steps into Jagger Park, at the stepping stones, were cleared of mud and leaves, after the recent bad weather and more work planned. Culverts were cleared and channels dug out to release water which had pooled.


While Seonaidh and her team are putting in native species such as hazel and willow

beech whips

Brian and co are valiantly trying to thin down the proliferation of beech whips which are taking over in places

February 2018

In February our volunteers worked a total of 99 hours and collected 20+ bags of litter 2 tyres, 8 plastic containers, old wheelbarrow, child's scooter and a traffic cone.

Most of our time this month has been spent litter picking as it has not been possible to do much ground work due to the hard frosts and snow covering. Every wood has been litter picked and we litter picked the Station Road embankment with the aid of a rope and harness.

Beech whips were removed from the Middle Path and the Clifton Beck Project have planted around 320 saplings and are looking to plant wild flowers as well as more trees.

We placed an old tyre filled with stones to form a stepping stone in the stream, at its narrowest point, where the Middle path crosses the stream.

Golf ball

Mary examines a rather good golf ball she's found


Meanwhile, all Ian can find in the way of spherical objects are masses of tightly balled tin foil.  Someone's had a good picnic - but why not take their litter home?

January 2018

In January our volunteers worked a total of 131 hours and collected 22 bags of litter

We've continued the mundane, but vital work, of beech whip pulling. Clifton Beck Project volunteers have felled some of the smaller trees under the Beech canopies and planted native British trees in this area.

We used the drain rods to clear leaves and debris from the drainage channels and culverts running under the paths in Low Wood, Judy Wood and High Fernley Road.

Further work was done at the culvert on the top of the tunnel where the beck runs under Station Road, which was blocked and overflowing.

December 2017

In December our volunteers worked a total of 83 hours and collected 24 bags of litter.

We had a Christmas Lunch at the Guide Post Hotel on 6th December instead of tackling jobs in the woods.  There was a festive hat competition which was tackled imaginatively by various members of the group. Unfortunately pictures of this event have been suppressed by general request.

At other times in December we continued with beech whip pulling and the steps down to the bridge were dug out and cleared of leaves.

November 2017

In November our volunteers worked a total of 204 hours and collected 27 bags of litter plus a tent and old cannabis plants.

Extra shifts have been put in to construct new steps on the Jagger Park Wood side of the stepping stones and to repair the information board at Woodside.


Making a start on the new steps..


As good as new..

Drainage culverts have been cleaned, the 99 steps cleared of debris, the plank bridge repaired and we continue to pull beech whips and weed the proposed wild flower garden near Judy's Cottage.


"Urgh, what a mess!" says Paul

99 steps

Litter picking the now cleared 99 steps




...and after.

Volunteers from the Clifton Beck Project have finished the work on stream revetments and they have planted around 150 native British trees in the area.
We greatly appreciated their assistance.


Linda in Judy's garden


Some of the new planting

October 2017

In October our volunteers worked a total of 162 hours and collected 28 bags of litter plus a gazebo, wheelie bin, child's bike, car seat cushion and a new shower tray in original packaging!

We removed over-hanging branches and beech whips on Tinker's Trail, where excessive growth had narrowed the path.

We worked in an area at the end of the Perimeter Path, at High Fernley Road, where we planted some native saplings a couple of years ago. We also removed brambles and beech whips that had grown around the newly planted trees.

Volunteers from the Clifton Beck Project continue to assist us and they have been removing beech whips, cutting down smaller trees and making some improvements to revetments on the stream in an effort to decrease erosion.

September 2017

In September our volunteers worked a total of 129 hours and collected 39 bags of litter plus 4 tyres, 3 buckets and half a wheelie bin!

During August, we had a meeting to plan the coming month's work and so we've been surveying sections of footpaths for future improvements and are looking at about 66 metres of path in stages of 20, 26 and 20 metres. We also plan to build steps up the steep banking at the stepping stone leading up into Jagger Park Wood.

Drainage channels have been checked and cleared and blocking stones removed.

We've been erecting bird and bat boxes made by the Clifton Beck Project volunteers, mainly in Low Wood.

Clifton Beck volunteers joined us to clear brambles on the perimeter path and their help has been greatly appreciated.


Paul puttimg up a bird box

Green Man

Is it The Green Man?


Julie seems to have got there without a ladder, while Paul needs John's assistance

August 2017

In August our volunteers worked a total of 135 hours and collected 23 bags of litter.

Again we spent most of the month removing Himalayan balsam. It's been gratifying to find that after all this time we're finally getting the better of it in several sites. Our new harness and rope helps to get to some steep banking sites - but lots still to conquer.

We've also cleared brambles from around saplings planted by us at several sites.

On the last Wednesday in August we held a meeting of the PTG members to discuss the work done so far this year and to plan future tasks.

From January this year to end July, 33 weeks, we have had a total of 346 volunteers, average 10 per week,
giving a total of 1038 working hours.

We removed 187 bags of litter, at 5kg per bag = 935kg of rubbish

This is a lot of hard work and we thank all our volunteers and Alan in particular for making sure things run smoothly each week.

Balsam again Balsam, he go!
Before and after in Hall Close above Judy's Field.


Stuart and Brian litter picking on the steep banking.

July 2017

In July our volunteers worked a total of 120 hours and collected 24 bags of litter plus a shopping trolley, 3 tyres, a fridge door and a child's bike.
The stile at the bottom entrance in Station Road was repaired. One of the step supports had worked loose and it was rocking when stepped on. The support was dug out and reset in concrete.
Most of this month's work had been removing Himalayan balsam from various arts of the woods following on from our Balsam Bash in June. Removing brambles at the top of Judy's field enabled us to pull out a large amount of balsam and also in the open field above which has been contaminating Judy's Field. There was just a small amount left around the Scout Field where our previous years of hard work is paying off.  Working in the Woodside end of the woods, we removed a large area of balsam just behind the notice boards at the entrance.

Balsam ciurse Curse removed

These pictures show before and after of the area by the plank bridge at the bottom of the steps at Woodside.

June 2017

In June our volunteers worked a total of 126 hours and collected 25 bags of litter plus tyres, a bicycle, plastic airbed, plastic and metal tubs, air
ducting and old cannabis plants.

This month we've been concentrating on pulling the balsam before it flowers. We even had an extra working party at our Balsam Bash on Saturday 17th June.  We had a good turn out and attracted some new members for our Task Group. We worked our way along the beck pulling balsam as we went.  Some of the party concentrated on the area by the stepping stones into Jagger Park Wood. It was hot work but the pile of balsam made it all worthwhile.
Bloody balsam balsam pile
We've continued pulling throughout the month each Wednesday and are making good headway and the piles of dead balsam are growing. One of our members came to grief (or his wellies and socks did) when he sank into the iron-water-rich bog near the stepping stones. He wishes to remain anonymous - but should we get him a chair to sit on while he cleans himself up?
jake the peg
May 2017

In May our volunteers worked a total of 165 hours and collected 32 bags of litter plus 4 tyres, a large plastic container and a child's paddling pool.

We've repaired the vandalised fence running down the steps to the bridge and also the walls at the bottom of Royds Hall Lane which suffered vandalism recently.


We're continuing to try and keep the area around Judy's Cottage clear, but suspect we are fighting a loosing battle with balsam.

Balsam 1 balsam2

All our hand tools, new and old have now been marked "FoJW" with permanent black marker and UV pens, likewise our wheelbarrows.  Let's hope we have no recurrence of the thefts earlier in the year.

April 2017

In April our volunteers worked a total of 132 hours and collected 30 bags of litter plus 4 tyres, and old tent and a shopping trolley.

This month's tasks have included more work on the site of Judys's cottage including planting some wild flower plugs and seeds and clearing brambles from around the saplings we planted last year.

Thanks to a report from one of our Facebook members we were able to alert the council to dangerous branches hanging over the Tinker's Trail path and these were promptly removed.

The Easter holidays brought out the vandals as usual but the Task Group has been able to repair the fence posts on the steps leading down to the bridge and will be working on replacing capping stones on the wall at the bottom of Royds Hall.

Prepare ground

First prepare the ground....

then take a packet of seeds...Seeeeeds

..and sprinkle lightly

Sprinkle lightly



"Say that again!" What?


Repairing the hazel fence by the steps.

March 2017

In  March our volunteers worked a total of 174 hours and collected 38 bags of litter and one tyre

After such a wet period underfoot most of our efforts have been directed at clearing culverts and drainage channels and digging out leaves from steps. The area around Judy's cottage site was dug over and prepared ready to receive wild flowers next month.

We have again suffered fly tipping in the area around our container. We are pleased to report our insurance company has accepted our claim for stolen tools and equipment.


Mud, glorious mud.

Culvert before

The culvert before...

Culvert after

..and after our attention.

February 2017

In February our volunteers worked a total of 171 hours and collected 37 bags of litter plus 9 tyres.

As detailed on our news page, someone broke into our container and stole all our tools. It's meant we can't tackle some jobs until we can sort out replacements, but members are bringing their own equipment and we carry on. Volunteer numbers have been high in the past few week and we thank everyone for their continued support at this difficult time.

This month we've been continuing to clear the tree falls and have made a start on clearing stream and culvert blockages.


A good mornings work in Old Hanna Wood by John, Chris, Colin, Steve, Ian and Norman - and of course Geoff behind the camera.  Well done lads!

branch clearing

Team work


Ian and Chris survey the blockage on the beck in Low Wood


Colin applies some muscle to fallen branch

January 2017

In January our volunteers worked a total of 150 hours and collected 25 bags of litter plus an old tent and a small plastic bike

At Woodside we completed clearing the steps from the notice boards to the plank bridge. This has made a vast improvement, as being on a slope (most steps are!!) a lot of soil gets washed down and the steps were almost invisible under soil and leaves.

We covered a couple of plank bridges with wire to improve footing when wet.

With the high winds recently we have had more than the usual branch and tree falls.  Some were too large for the PTG to deal with and so the council has been informed but we spent quite a lot of time this month cutting down branches and clearing them from paths.

Branches more branches
Happy New Year - 2017

Thanks to all our volunteers for their splendid efforts in all weathers last year. We've put in roughly 1440 man hours which is greatly appreciated by the Council.

Thanks to Alan for co-ordinating it all and to Alan and Geoff for taking the photos of what we've done.

Geoff Alan

If you want to join us in 2017 please contact Alan - see the details above.


2016 Summary

Covering 49 weeks. (2 cancelled due to weather, 1 for Christmas lunch)

Total Volunteers 480 avg 9.8 per week
Total Hours Worked 1440
Total Bags Litter 341 (conservative estimate 5kg /bag =1705 kg.)

December 2016

In December our volunteers worked a total of108 hours and collected 28 bags of litter plus 2 burnt out wheelie bins, a child's small plastic bike, 9 tyres, a shopping trolley, double bed mattress springs, plastic bread tray, child's pink bath.

The bend in the bank of the stream that floods into the blind valley down the steep embankment of the Main Path, was dug out and reinforced with large stones to stop this happening.

We dug out the steps down to the plank bridge, at Woodside, to improve the footing.

The tyres forming the stepping stoned across the Beck into Jagger Park had been washed slightly downstream and were refilled with stones and put back in place.

With the use of security ropes we litter picked along the Station Road embankment.

Photo awaited
November 2016

In November our volunteers worked a total of 129 hours and collected 25 bags of litter and two tyres.
Drainage channels on the Perimeter Path were cleared and a weak plank on the bridge across the drainage gully on the Cliff Path was replaced.
The 99 steps were cleared of leaves and dug out to improve footing. The leaf blower was used on many of the paths too.
We continue with our programme of removing Beech whips and clearing fallen boughs which have blocked paths.

October 2016

In October our volunteers worked a total of 114 hours and collected 31 bags of litter.

We've repaired walls in High Fernley Road and placed two more tyres in the beck as stepping stones across to Jagger Park Wood. We cleared a new path round a very large tree fall which was blocking the red marker path and checked for missing markers in the same area

The surfaces of three plank bridges, on the perimeter path were covered with chicken wire to improve the grip in wet weather. Our new leaf blower has been very useful in clearing the steps and paths.

September 2016
In September our volunteers worked a total of 105 hours and collected 30 bags of litter plus 2 tyres, builders supply bag, shopping trolley, plastic crate and part of a cane chair.

Dry wall

There's been some damage to the drystone walls in High Fernley Road but the Task Group made short work of the repairs

drystone wall
Judy's Garden The ground in Judy's Garden which we worked so hard to clear and planted with wild flower seeds soon became choked with weeds again.

rubbish pick

"Now where did that come from?" wonders Peter as he does his weekly litter pick.

July & August 2016

In July our volunteers worked a total of 105 hours and collected 23 bags of litter plus a child's bike and a double matress

In August our volunteers worked a total of 159 hours and collected 31 bags of litter plus a suitcase and a sun lounger frame

We've been hard at work all through the summer and on some Wednesdays in the school holiday we have been joined by Jasmine and Krystal who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Jasmine and Krystal

Lucy Horner has helped us on many occasions and here she proudly holds her Duke of Edinburgh Certificate.

Lucy Horner

Our main work task at the moment has been on the perimeter path between the fields by Woodside Farm and Low Wood. The path was very muddy and we've replaced plank bridges and laid hardcore on the paths.

path 1 path2

And finally, thanks to whoever had the brilliant idea of using tyres filled with stones as ballast to cross the stream into Jagger Park Wood. Our previous stepping stones, which had been cemented in place, were washed away by the floods earlier in the year.

June 2016

The path on the edge of Low Wood next to the Misses Field has become very muddy (what's new?) and our current project is to replace the plank bridges.

Plank path new bridgework
May 2016

Judy's cottage

We continue to work on the site of Judy Cottage installing paths, fences and planting wild flower seeds.


Repairs to Access for All the path from Station Road

April 2016


We continue to litter pick each week and are sometimes surprised at what people leave behind!


One week we targeted North Brow Wood for a cleanup and here's the result.

notice board notice board restored

Our information board in Royds Hall Great Wood was looking a little worse for wear, so we painted the stucture and replaced the board

March 2016

We finished renewing the Red Marker Path and planted a little oak tree which a member of the Friends had been raising in a pot in their garden.

path Oak
February 2016

The path at the start of the red marker tail is VERY muddy. We've spent February putting in a hardcore path over the worst parts.

Path path
path3 path4
January 2016

We continue to clear the ground near the site of Judy's Cottage ready for seeding with wild flowers.

Judy's garden judy's garden
December 2015

December was very wet and muddy, but our volunteers braved the elements to rescue tyres and a tricycle from the beck, along with time for some didgeridoo practice! The burned out car was a task too far. More casualties among the old beech trees.

bike didgerido
tyres tasks team
burnt out car beech
November 2015

Work is being done in the field above where Judy's Cottage stood. The stream coming across the field from Horse Close Cottages often floods the path, so we're covering it with stones and guiding it downhill to the culvert.

culvert culvert

Now we're making a path up towards the culvert. We're repairing the wall as we go and have added this rustic fence to the edge of the path.

fence path and fence
September & October 2015
Judy's field culvert
Now Judy's Field is clear and the foundations of her cottage have been located, our plan is to plant the old market garden site with wild flowers. Ian and Norman repair the culvert entrance at the top of the field.
19th August 2015
We continue with balsam pulling and litter picking and clearing Judy's Field. Today Mike was helping to clear the stream of debris and the waterfall looks very impressive.
stream clearing waterfall
23rd July 2015
Adding the final touches to the new set of steps at the turn around point of our new War Walk - Mary's Walk.
We've also added some markers where the route wasn't obvious - Richard admires the Mary's Walk logo, a double heart,on one of the posts.
steps post
9th July 2015
Balanced bough bough
At the regular Wednesday Tasks Groupsession we discovered this beech tree with aprecariously balanced bough adjacent to the main pathin Low Wood

A call to the council's Woodland Team resulted in Colin coming swiftly to our aid ...


... and Alan was as pleased as punch with the result.

20th, 27th May and 3rd June

In preparation for launching our new "Woods in Wartime - Mary's walk" on Sunday 26th July we are building some new steps at the beginning of the red marker trail.

Steps steps
steps steps
22nd April 2015

Denis looks as though he doesn't know where to start with clearing the brambles in Judy's Field as we look for traces of her cottage which was demolished in 1870…


…but Ian and Chris soon get to work.


Before you know it, it's cleared.

rubbish clearing

Lynda, Paddy and Peter did a litter pick and gathered six bags of rubbish in Low Wood and Old Hanna and that's not counting the usual stuff thrown down the Station Road embankment. Thanks gang!

8th April 2015
We're continuing to clear the Scout Field in preparation for it being put back into community use.


The path is still muddy....


...but it improves slightly in places


We've cleared the brambles and other undergrowth, plus the old wire fence to leave a solitary willow tree standing.

clearing brambles


John and Ian have found a bike - shame it's the wrong size.

Lucy and Holly

Lucy and Holly will be with us for the next three months as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.  They helped the litter picking team collect 8 bags of litter and also removed some Beech whips from an area at the end of the Main Path by High Fernley Road. They also planted a tree sapling on Wyke Green to replace a tree that the Council had cut down.

11th March 2015

Today we planted some of the saplings from the Woodland Trust pack which promises all year round colour.

saplings planting saplings
25th February 2015

We're attending to clearing uparound the container site today. Looks like we'll needto paint it again later on.

cleaning up container
4th February 2015

We're spending thewinter months clearing drainage channels and pulling up whips (self seeded young beechshoots) and brambles.

Tasks pick
sleepers again
19th November 2014

Still a lot of mud but we hope the sleepers and gravel will direct the water away from the road into the ditch.
12th November 2014

Like the Forth Road Bridge, keeping High Fernley Road clear of mud is a job which never ends!


The council loaned a digger to help with the mud while Norman explores the extent of the problem.

29th October 2014

The council have allowed us to take over "Judy's Field" now the lease to the farmer has ended.  We've decided to clear the brambles and plant some trees near the top path.  See News for details of tree planting.


What a lot of brambles!


We're getting on top of them - or rather under them.


Meanwhile Denis traces the position of the culvert through the field down to the stream,

whilst been abetted by Peter in "pole" position.

September 3rd 2014

hammer men

Much hammer wielding and showing off from John and  Ray.

August 27th 2014


Our new volunteer John helps old hand Colin with path edging on Tinkers Trail.

August 13th 2014

fence repair

Repairs in progress to the fence on the ravine above the Sheep Pool.

July 23rd 2014
Wall wall
The repairs to the bridge below Snoddy Mountain are now complete and don't they look good?  A retaining wall has been built and behind it back filled.
July 16th 2014


Whilst Balsam bashing and litter picking look what Geoff found. Now he's thinking of taking up unicycling.

June 25th 2014

Today we've started repairs to the banking side at the bridge below Snoddy Mountain

equipment embankment
First we need to get our equipment down there The banking has fallen away and we're going to build a retaining wall
April 23 and 30th 2014
watching Norman
It's always the same one chap does the work whilst the rest standand watch. ...and when it's finished Norman threatens the photographer!
April 2nd 2014

How do all these tyres get into the beck? Good job the PTG team have a tried and tested way of getting them out.

Tyres More tyres
March 19th 2014

A job well done - the newly discovered steps (see March 5th) in all their glory are inspected by the workers.

a b

Tackling a big job near the stepping stones between Royds HallGreat Wood and Jagger Park Wood.

c d
March 5th 2014

Repairing and renewing newly discovered stepsburied under a build up of soil near marker post 8 in Royds Hall Great Wood and removing debris from the stream in Royds Hall Great Wood.

a b
February 19th 2014

Clearing up after high winds in Royds Hall Lane and the path alongside the stream by the bridge.

a b
January 22nd 2014

Now the rain has stopped for a while there's a chance to mend the fence above the quarry by the stream and also repair the steps in Doctor Wood leading down to the stream.

a b
January 8th 2014

After the Christmas break we finished shoring up the slippage ofthe path on both sides of the mineral line embankment in Doctor Wood.  It had been half finished for our Seasons Greetings event and walkers passing the spot were impressed with the work done sofar.  Ray, Chris, John and Stuart looked pleased with the results and so are we all!

b a
December 4th 2013

No work today - enjoying ourselves instead at the Guidepost Hotel!

The Friends of Judy Woods Practical Task Group wish you all a very merry Christmas and invite you to join us in the woods one Wednesday morning in the New Year.

booze up party
November 27th 2013

More Path repairs - this time the Access for All path from StationRoad

path repair path
November 6th 2013

This winter we are concentrating some of our efforts on improving the perimeter path in Low Wood, which as you can see varies for muddy to very muddy.

September 8th 2013

Regular litter picking by the Task Group and other users of the woods have seen a great improvement over recent years. but this photo shows how camps set up during the summer month scan add to our work. A fridge was also removed -that's taking camping home comforts a bit too far!


September 11th 2013

Some new recruits for the PTG assist with the emptying of the bin at the top of the steps off High Fernley Road. They were later escorted back to their field and their owner notified that they were AWOL. 


July 17th 2013

Time to paint and tidy out the container - hot work!

painting Container

July 3rd 2013

Well, we thought we had cleared this area - see February 27th - but now the bracken has moved in! Another pair of before and after pictures. We can recommend bracken whacking for getting rid of aggression.

Bracken 1 bracken 2

June 19th 2013

Those stepping stones took some sorting out - a dam had to built to allow the cement to dry but everyone is pleased with the results - especially Julie!

Stepping Stones

May 29th 2013

Work has continued each week throughout the so called spring, andmany paths and drainage ditches have been attended to and bags oflitter collected and larger items of rubbish cleared. Thanks to help from members of Ian Butterfield's B.E.A.T. team we have beenable to re-lay the stepping stones across into Jagger Park Woodnear the turn in the red marker trail. As you can see it washeavy work.

Stepping Stones Stepping stones
February 27th 2013

If you use the Access Path from Station Road into Doctor Wood then you should have noticed a difference over the past few weeks following our whips removable project. Lots of beech whips (small unbranched saplings) have self seeded themselves and are making it difficult for other species to grow in the shade under the mature trees, so we have been removing them.  You may have noticed small piles of them mounting up. Some are left to rot down and provide habitat but others are regularly collected by Ian Butterfield from the Forest of Bradford to re-plant them in woods which need beech trees!

See our before and after pictures.

Whip me
whip me again
January 30th 2013

Despite the snow and rain the PTG continue to get good number each Wednesday.  We're continuing to upgrade footpaths and the councilsupports us with deliveries of hardcore and wooden planks andsupports. John helped push Mark from the council's van out of themud recently and here's the thanks he got!

Sadly the two dog poo bins installed before Christmas have been vandalised but we are looking into more robust alternatives.
January 9th 2013

The steps leading from the stile into Low Wood at the far end of Station Road have been in need of repair for some years. The taskgroup have been working on them for a couple of weeks and have nowmade these significant improvements.  


November 14th 2012

John Norman and Tony are unblocking a culvert at the junction of High Fernley Road and Royds Hall Lane


Ray (with dog) and Chris put the finishing touches to steps on a new path that has been created by the PTG to avoid a big patch of mud on the red marker trail (between posts 22 and 23).

new steps

October 17th 2012

After this years wet summer the "lake" has re-appeared in Low Wood atthe bottom of High Fernley Road.  You can see how deep it was by the handle of the spade.  Our Task Group soon sorted it and it drained off - we hope!


September 19th 2012

The Judy Woods Tasks group has continued to meet each week throughout the summer and one of the jobs they have been tackling is the red marker route that runs through Royds Hall Great Wood.  The undergrowth and tree boughs have been trimmedback and some stones put to assist passage where the ground was boggy. Look what they found  under years accumulations of leafs! A series of steps and laid stone path. 

Keep up the good work - we know it is much appreciated by lots of people who use the woods.

Hidden path

August 1st 2012

The PTG has continued to meet throughout this so called summer period and have continued with balsam bashing down by the bridge. Today by way of a change they tackled the undergrowth at either side of our Tinkers Trail path. You can certainly see the difference after their efforts.Thanks team!


May 23rd 2012
Thanks to Stuart for refurbishing the old council notice board at Meadway - you can now see the notices through the perspex!. 

"As the church in Wyke tolls the end of day, Geoff and Norman wend home their weary way"


Still the rain comes! Thanks to remedial work by our Practical Task Group High Fernley Road looks a lot less muddy than we would have expected, but just look over the wall - we have a new lake.

The judicious moving of a few stones in the small stream in the top field, resulted in the torrent coming into Judy's Field being confined within the the outlet to the right.

If you go down to the woods today wellies are definitely in order




Wednesday February 15th

You may spot our smart new FOJW beanie hats in today's photos.

Brian tamps down the gravel. Tony goes for another load whilst Norman takes a well earned rest on the steps down to Judy Bridge

Linda and Carol caught in action pulling up beech saplings (whips). We have far too many in Judy Woods and these will go to Ian Butterfield of The Forest of Bradford to be re-planted in a "beechless" wood!

Wednesday January 25th 2012
We felt there was a need for some extra posts in the marked trail where the next one wasn't all that obvious. Three more have gone in today assisted by every man, woman and their dog.
Taking advantage of the gentle winter weather, the bridge at the bottom of the steps at the Woodside end of Royds Hall Great Wood receives some TLC from the PTG.

October 5th 2011

The group continues to meet each Wednesday to litter pick and attend to any tasks in the woods. Today they despatched a large tree which had fallen into the beck from John Wood - the woodland on the far side of the beck near Station Road bordering Norwood Green. Here we seen Norman wielding his saw.

Judy Woods Chop Shop

Mark from Bradford Council gives a lesson in extreme motor mechanics on this burnt out scooter found in the beck in Judy Woods.

Chop Shop


bike after


Tuesday 12th May 2011

The team adds to their evergrowing collection of rubbish from the woods

Wednesday 20th April 2011

Litter Busters Norman, Colin, Kevin and John survey one week's haul of rubbish.

Wednesday 2nd June 2010

What, no "Caution wet floor" sign?

John has 'bin' clearing up

Wednesday 26th May 2010

At long last we got the marker posts installed in Royds Hall Great Wood. 25 posts done in one day by 14 very enthusiastic people. Thanks to all involved, especially John Reily who co-ordinated it all.

New Drainage run-offs

Thanks to the PTG and friends from Santander who tackled the drainage problems at Judy Bridge on June 10th 2009

Spring clean-up 18th-19th May 2009

The team on Monday morning about to start the litter pick-up and stream cleaning.

Stream Work April 2009

Stepping Stones

Here are some new steps on the bank to help those crossing the beck by the new stepping stones.

Thanks to a Grass Roots grant of £825 via Cnet (Bradford & District Community Empowerment Network Ltd) we have been able to buy equipment and protective clothing for our Task Group members. Here's the new sack cart in use (above).

Grassroots Grants

Autumn Clean Up - October 2008

A new venture this year, was an autumn clean up.  We were disappointed that more people didn't turn up to help, but it was a very cold day!.  Stuart Tordoff organised us again and we were very grateful for the help of Mark and Andy from Bradford Council and also help from some of the Friends and people from the Environment Agency.

We cleared the stream from the Woodside end which was not reached in the spring clean up and did a litter pick at the Wyke end of the woods.  Mark and Andy also tackled the fly tipping over the wall on Station Road. As usual the skip was filled.


"Where does it all come from?" wonder Brian & John of the Friends and Mark & Andy of Bradford Council.

Spring clean-up May 2008

Ciba Team

The "A-Team" from CIBA

This year's spring clean-up was co-ordinated by Stuart Tordoff with help from the Friends of Judy Woods, Bradford Council and a Community Challenge project from CIBA. Two large skips were filled with rubbish pulled from the beck and a litter pick was done at the same time.

Mark and Andy

Judy Woods clean-up - May 2007

Staff from Environmental Agency and Royds Environmental Warden Scheme helped clean up the beck - taking out two big skips worth, including numerous tyres, bikes, a wheelie bin and other such rubbish! Members of The Friends of Judy Woods led staff and children from Hill Top Primary on a litter pick, to collect the bits of rubbish that visitors leave in the woods.


Staff from the Environment Agency with some of the rubbish that they collected from the beck.

Hilltop Primary Scholars

Staff and children from Hilltop Primary School helped collect litter.

Balsam Bashing - 2006


Volunteers helped pull up vast quantities of Himalayan Balsam, which is an invasive weed that we are trying to stop tacking over the woods!

If you are interested in any future tasks, then please come along. Wear appropriate outdoor footwear and clothing, if you require either or both of these and/or any further info, then please email tasks@judywoods.org.uk