Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, near Yate and Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire.


The Nature Reserve is run by the Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, a small group of volunteers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day of Judgement (Part 2)

Today was the second judging session for this year's South West in Bloom awards. This time judge Grenville Johnson visited Yate and Dodington In Bloom to carry out the judging for the Neighbourhoods Award. Grenville prefers the word "assessor" rather  than judge, as like all In Bloom judges he gives groups lots of helpful hints and tips. Here Tim Fairhead and Malcolm Stephen are showing him part of the woodland at Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Successful fruit tree pruning workshop at Wapley


The pruning workshop at Wapley today, which was led by local fruit tree expert Mr Fruit (Graham White) was very interesting.

Members of Wapley Bushes Conservation Group were joined by colleagues from Friends of Yate Common, Bradley Stoke in Bloom (Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group) and and Downend and Bromley Heath (Friends of Leap Valley).


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day of Judgement (part 1)

Today was the first judging session for this year's South West in Bloom awards. Judge Michael Foy visited Yate and Dodington In Bloom to carry out the judging for the Pennant Award. He is seen here with Tim Fairhead and Paul Hulbert at the Orchard for the Future.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Less mud at Wapley next winter!

One of the muddy stretches of path earlier this year
Dodington Parish Council and Wapley Bushes Conservation Group are undertaking a major path upgrading project at Wapley Bushes this summer. The aim is to get rid of the very muddy stretches due to the last couple of very wet winters. The section of path shown in the photo is still very muddy even in the current warm weather.

Ring Paul Hulbert on 01454 315851 or email paul.hulbert@gmail.com for more information or if you would be interested in helping at conservation mornings in the Nature Reserve.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Let's pull together to rid the River Frome of Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive plant which spreads along riverbanks, smothering native plants and causing flooding. The easiest way to control it is to pull it up.

Join us for free Big Pull mornings this summer. Everyone is welcome. 10am – 1pm on Saturdays 28 June and 12 July, meeting at the far end of Celestine Road, Yate BS37 5HB.

Wellies, trousers and long sleeves recommended. Gloves, equipment, guidance and free refreshments will be provided.

For more information or if you have access needs, please contact communityspaces@southglos.gov.uk,  call 01454 863556 or visit www.southglos.gov.uk/bigpull

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fruit tree pruning workshop 13 July - come and join in!

Orchards are a South Gloucestershire priority biodiversity habitat because many orchards have been neglected or grubbed up in recent decades.

In order to help stem this decline, Wapley Bushes Conservation Group, Dodington Parish Council and South Gloucestershire Council are now all working together to preserve the traditional horticultural skills that are needed to maintain existing and newly-planted orchards.

A free fruit tree pruning workshop is being held at the Wapley Rank cottages opposite the southern Besom Lane entrance to Wapley Bushes Local Nature Reserve, Besom Lane, Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire, BS37 8RW, starting at 10am on Sunday, 13 July 2014. The workshop tutor will be local fruit tree expert Mr Graham White. No advance booking needed - just turn up on the day.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Commons Walk Sunday 29 June

South Gloucestershire is fortunate to have some very picturesque countryside and our local walk leaders,
Richard and Pauline Wilson, will be taking us to the Orange End, Assley Common and Inglestone Common
areas in the north of the county where we shall see wild summer flora in full bloom.

Please wear walking boots or other stout footwear. Ample free car parking is available at the Wickwar Road car park - meet for a car share at the Clock Tower, High Street, Chipping Sodbury, 2.00pm.