Tasks


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


 
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.

bridge

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?

Fencing

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

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.

PTG

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

Water

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

sawing

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.

feet
 
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.

tyres
 
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.

path

Repairs to Access for All the path from Station Road

 
April 2016

junk

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

cleanup

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

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

after

... 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

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…

brambles

…but Ian and Chris soon get to work.

cleared

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.

Muddy

The path is still muddy....

improvement

...but it improves slightly in places

clearing

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

clearing brambles

Bike

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!

Digger

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

Sleepers
 
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.

Brambles

What a lot of brambles!

brambles

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

Culvert

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

whilst been abetted by Peter in "pole" position.

Pole
 
September 3rd 2014

hammer men

Much hammer wielding and showing off from John and  Ray.

hammerman
August 27th 2014

PATH EDGING

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.

unicycle
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.

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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.

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February 19th 2014

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

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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.

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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.

MUD
 
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!

Bin
 

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. 

horses
 

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.
splat
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.  

steps
steps
 

November 14th 2012

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

unblock

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!

lake3
lake2
lake1

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!

Tasks
tasks

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
post
post
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.
bridge

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

Before

bike after

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
cleaning

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.

Skip

"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.

Clean-up
Litter

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

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bb2

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