Denby Dale Walkers Are Welcome Programme of Walks
In the absence of an EPIP June walking festival this year, members of Denby Dale Walkers are Welcome Group decided to organise a programme, in Denby Dale only, at the same time of year, though timed to start on Monday June 21st when hopefully COVID restrictions will finally be relaxed. Even if the end of restrictions is delayed, we plan to go ahead in line with current COVID restrictions. The programme can be viewed here.
Community Orchard in Skelmanthorpe
Dave Wilde and Andy Wickham, a kirklees officer supported by a member of the northern fruit group, planting a variety of apple and pear trees to create a community orchard in the centre of Skelmanthorpe, last week.
This is a small piece of land owned by Kirklees council that has no strategic value to the council, and was identified by Cllr Turner and Simpson has been a suitable space to create a community orchard, which will create a much more bio diverse area and help tackle the current climate change emergency.
Park Gate nature area consultation
Planning and development work continues at Park Gate nature area!
Kirklees Council and Denby Dale Parish Council are working together to develop plans for landscape and biodiversity improvements at the old screens site off Park Gate in Skelmanthorpe. The site already has some very biodiverse wet woodland along the Dyke, as well as plantation woodlands, different types of grassland and scrub habitat which have developed since the colliery operations ceased and the site was re-profiled in the late 1980s. The site recently came back into Kirklees Council ownership and this is a really exciting opportunity to make it into something really special both for wildlife, through habitat enhancement and creation, and for a range of local community uses.
Consultation on a draft master plan for the site was undertaken in Autumn 2020 and the masterplan was updated in light of the responses received. Please see the full consultation report, and the updated Master Plan.
The main themes emerging from the consultation were that the focus for the site should be on nature and biodiversity enhancements and allowing people to use the site for quiet enjoyment using a network of good footpaths with accessibility for all. Many people also wanted to find out more about the history and ecology of the site.
Since the consultation was undertaken the project team have been busy:
- Planting over 3000 trees over the winter at the site to create additional wildlife habitat and contribute towards climate emergency mitigation;
- Working with local volunteers to better understand the ecology of the site, including bird and bumblebee surveys ;
- Developing a list of practical management tasks that existing volunteer groups can make a start on at the site, and planning for setting up a site-specific Friends group once Covid restrictions allow;
- Recruiting a local artist, Helen Brook, to run activities at the site to explore possibilities for public art features in future that would be in keeping with the site and help to explain some of the history and ecology; and
- Working with Experience Community to explore how the new path network can be as accessible as possible and how it might be funded.
Watch this space for more updates soon!
The HD8 Network
The HD8 Network was created in 2013 to help promote and support the HD8 area of Huddersfield. www.HD8network.co.uk
Over the years it has evolved and developed and “provides a platform for communication” in the HD8 area, whether you Work, Rest or Play here. Its website offers a News Section, Events Calendar (which is free for anyone to add events to) and a Directory for Organisations, as well as pages for each village.
At its November meeting, the Council agreed to increase small grants from a maximum of £500 to a maximum of £1000 from April 2020
Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre
Queen Street, Skelmanthorpe ~ see the latest opening times here.
CAB Provision Re-instated
The Parish Council has voted to support the return of the Citizens’ Advice Service since it was withdrawn and centralised in Huddersfield. This service will now be run in the First Floor Office of the Skelmanthorpe Council Offices, 24 Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, HD8 9DA, as below:
Drop-in Advice Service
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month, 10.00am til 1.30pm, starting Thursday 7th November 2019. (Contact the clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.)
Denby Dale Parish Council is keen to bring you news from around the parish and to keep you informed about the work of the council. If you have any community news or events to share please contact the Clerk and we will try our best to include it! Newsletters are delivered quarterly around the ward, however, if you are missed out, they are put on the council’s noticeboards and can be collected from Skelmanthorpe Library.
As each newsletter is produced, it will be published on this website – use the links below to access the parish council newsletters.