Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The North plot

The North plot as it is today before we begin its proposed development, in partnership with others, as a community "Grow Your Own" type scheme.

It is hoped that, among the health benefits of such as scheme would include; increased opportunities for physical activity, improve mental health and well being, increase the availablity of fresh food and a decreased stigmatisation of mental health problems . This has generated a great deal of interest and support from our many partners, key stakeholders, funders and friends.

It would also be a great way to help provide individuals and organisations who would like to "grow their own, but who may not have the facilities or space, the opportunity to grow their own and adopt, use and/or sponsor a planter.

Green Heart Den basking in the sun

Junior Wardens Film Session

Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens preparing for a film interview session.  This forms part of their John Muir Award activities in which they will document their excellent work on the Green Heart Den.
The session which included an introduction into basic video filming and interview techniques was delivered by Darren Conway of Morph Films.

Funding for the session was provided from the grant we received from Our Green Space 

A small white butterfly enjoying our buddleja

One of our slow worms

One of our Medium Tortosieshell butterflies

One of our Red Admiral Butterflies

Friday, 27 August 2010

Another family session and more sunshine. Fantastic.

The weather continues to be kind for the family sessions.These sessions, held regularly throughout the school summer holiday, form part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.
.....................Inspiring

Last night one of our Pipistrelle bats visited the north plot area

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

North Plot Planters - Strawberries

The strawberries planted in the north plot planters earlier in the year by Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens continue to bearing a great deal of fruit. These have proved very popular with everyone.

..............and they are very,very nice to eat, so much tastier than those you buy in the shops.

North Plot Planters - Yellow Tomatoes

The yellow tomatoes planted in the north plot planters earlier in the year by Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens continue to flourish and are bearing a great deal of fruit.
.........they taste good as well!

Plans For a Community Growing Scheme on the North Plot

Is looking forward to the upcoming meeting to progress the proposals for a community growing type scheme on the north plot. It is hoped that, among the health benefits of such as scheme would include; increased opportunities for physical activity, improve mental health and well being, increase the availablity of fresh food and a decreased stigmatisation of mental health problems . This has generated a great deal of interest and support from our many partners, key stakeholders, funders and friends.

It would also be a great way to help provide individuals and organisations who would like to "grow their own, but who may not have the facilities or space, the opportunity to grow their own and adopt, use and/or sponsor a planter.

Greengate Bridge Structure Update

Earlier today our Project Coordinator Graham Bromley met with Sam Cowsill, Network Rail Structures Mangement Engineer (Cumbria), and Tom Clark from AMCO Rail. The aim of the meeting was to identify and price works associated with our previously highlighted concerns regarding the poor and deteriorating condition of the Greengate Street bridge structure. We were also joined by Val Holden, Principal Officer at Barrow Borough Council.

















Among the issues previously highlighted included; loose and falling brickwork, vegetation growing in the bridge structure and water seeping through the bridge structure in various positions. It is understood that the minor works identified will begin in October. During discussions it was identified that there are water services in the pavement above which could potentially be leaking and contributing to the water seeping through the structure, it also appeared that the road gullies above on Greengate Street are in a por condition and may be block which again could potentially be a contributing factor the the water seeping through the bridge structure.

















We would like to thank Network Rail, AMCO Rail and Barrow Borough Council for working with us to help and try resolve the issues assocated with Greengate Bridge Structure.

It is understood that Cumbria County Council are in the process of imposing a weight restriction for vehicles using Greengate Street Bridge while they are conducting thier own investigation into these issues, in paticular the water seepage.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Smile please

Our arbour planting boxes

Underneath the arches

And now underneath the chives

A view of the boundary between the garden and our natural wild area

A medium tortoiseshell enjoys some of our mint

Berries are flourishing in our wildlife boundary areas

Our chives are beginning to flower....better late than never!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Network Rail Greengate Street Bridge Structure Update

Earlier today our Project Coordinator Graham Bromley met a respresentative from AMCO Rail who had been commissioned by Network Rail to price works associated with our previously highlighted concerns regarding the poor and deteriorating condition of the Greengate Street bridge structure.

Among the issues previously highlighted included; loose and falling brickwork, vegetation growing in the bridge structure and water seeping through the bridge structure in various positions. It is understood that a minor works order has been issued by Network Rail in regard to the vegetation and loose and falling brickwork, this will be a 16 week remit, flagged as high priority.

Network Rail have passed the issue of water seepage back to Cumbria County Council in the hope that they could possibly help to resolve this particular issue under highways/road drainage.

It is understood that Cumbria County Council is currently planning to introduce a weight restriction for the bridge at the request of Network Rail. This is a temporary measure until the full details of the works required at the bridge are known, and the cost implications to both Network Rail and Cumbria County Council are identified.

It is hoped that by working together and in partnership with others this issue can be resolved to the benefit of all.

We would like to thank Network Rail and Cumbria County Council for working with us in helping to try and resolve these issues.

Development Trust Association Membership

We have received written confirmation that our application to join the Development Trust Association (DTA)as an associate member in the "emerging development trust" category had been approved.

The "emerging development trust" status allows the DTA to work with us for a period of twenty four months.

Among the benefits of joining the DTA include:
  • Regional support in developing an action plan for becoming a full member
  • Information and advice from their regional and national teams
  • Access to small grants for study visits
  • Access to the DTA's regional and national practioner network
  • Discounts/bursaries for DTA events

Underneath Our John Downie

Another Successful Family Session


The Family Sessions continue to prove popular. The sessions forms part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Junior Wardens Filming Session

Filming session with Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens. This forms part of their John Muir Award activities in which they will document their excellent work on the Green Heart Den.

The session included an introduction to basic filming/interview techniques as delivered by Darren Conway of Morph Films.


Funding for the film training session has been provided from the grant we received from Our Green Space.

Additional pictures can be viewed at our Flickr photo gallery here

At the end of the session visitor feedback forms were completed by all. Among the comments received included;

In your own words, what did you most enjoy about the Green Heart Den?
  • "The planting. Really everyhing is cool and the climbing frame entertains the little children that come to visit the Green Heart Den"
  • "It is very peaceful, most enjoyed the plans and seating area"
  • The flowers, no litter, it's fun"
  • "The flowers and bees"
  • "A really peaceful environment and the ability to learn new skils while participating in all the various activities"
  • "Everything"
  • The different plants, flowers and animals"
  • "The peacefulness"
  • "Green area, nice and quiet"
  • Beautiful, fun and educational"
  • "Cool"
What, if anything would you like to see the arches used for?
  • "Family fun days, Junior Warden activities, community events"
  • "I would like a workshop area to work with Graham and the Junior Wardens"
  • "Cafe, sports activities, toilets"
  • "Arts/creative space to develop skills using mixed media to create art to reflect community and environmental issues"
  • "Fun stuff for young people"
  • "Climbing frame, fun stuff"
  • "Family area"
  • "Cafe"
  • "Youth activities"
  • "Sports"
  • Climbing frame, drink facility, workshops for planting etc
  • "Gardening club"

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Collecting seeds from our wildflowers

The seeds, which include among others; wild poppy, corncockle and ox eye daisy, will be scattered along the north plot banking and in the wild area on the Green Heart Den.

Junior Wardens Filming Session

We are looking forward to tomorrows filming session with Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens. This forms part of their John Muir Award activities in which they will document their excellent work on the Green Heart Den.

The session will also include an introduction to basic filming techniques as delivered by Darren Conway of Morph Films

Funding for the film training session has been provided from the grant we received from Our Green Space.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Various butterflies enjoying our buddleja - part 2

.................A Peacock Butterfly












                                                                        
            .........and a Medium Tortoiseshell

Friday, 13 August 2010

MIND John Muir Award Potential

Project Coordinator Graham Bromley had a very positive and productive meeting with Sue Thurley from MIND to discuss the potential opportunity for MIND users conducting some of their John Muir Award activities ont the Green Heart Den and the north plot.

Furness Youth Council Visit

The Green Heart Den enjoyed hosting the Furness Youth Council activities earlier today.
Before they left members of the Youth Council were kind enough to complete visitor feedback forms. Among their comments about the Green Heart Den and the arches included:
  • "It" so peaceful, I love it"
  • "Great place, fascinating story, keep up the good work!
  • "Quiet and peaceful, It will be a good place to come back with friends"
  • "It was well maintained and a great way to use the space"
  • "Looked gorgeous, so quiet"
  • "Great place, I will be waching with interest"
  • "Fantastic resource for the community"
  • "Nice and clean. Lovely, what a great place to come to"
Suggestions in regard to the potential development of the arches included:
  • "Cafe, health centre and a games room for when it rains. Could hold small events there"
  • "Cafe with cake shop and a tea room maybe"
  • "A youth cafe"
  • "Art gallery and climbing wall"
  • "As a sheltered space, so that the garden and area can be used on rainy days"
We also recieved a suggestion for a covering over the picnic tables so they can still be used on rainy days.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Family Sessions continue to prove to be popular

The Family Sessions continue to prove popular inspite of the rain earlier today. Families are regularly returning to relax and enjoy the surrounding and take part in the free activities.Family Session". The sessions forms part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.


Ricky helps prepare free activities for this weeks Family Session

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Hub TV Building Community Initial Film Session

Hub TV, on behalf of Building Community, are following our progress over the next 12 months in regard to the asset transfer of the north plot. Building Community is an online showcase featuring real-time practice from partnerships comprising councils and communities that are in the process of transferring land or buildings into community asset ownership. The Building Community films are made in conjunction with the Asset Transfer Unit which is led and managed by the Development Trust Association.

In attendance for the first session were; Carl Thompson  Hub TV, Building Community Project Officer Louise Brown, Sarah Eustace from the Asset Transfer Unit, Development Trust Association Development Officer Jackie McQueen, Furness College Creative Media tutor Mark Preston and our Project Coordinator Graham Bromley.

Additional pictures of the initial filming session can be viewed on our Flickr photo gallery here.

For additional information about Building Community please visit their website here.

Thank you to Mark Preston for the pictures.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Green Heart Den Maintenance

Thats the grass cut, cuttings composted, weeding completed, brambles cut back, paths swept, litter bins cleaned and emptied.

















.............................and just in time for the train.


Friday, 6 August 2010

Barrow Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership: My Week Is Over!!!

Lydia Smith, currently a student Police Officer, training with Cumbria Constabulary has recently spent a week with Barrow CDRP visiting various projects and plans which the partnership is involved with and trying to understand how this is beneficial in making the neighbourhoods of Barrow safer and the communities stronger. Please view her thoughts by clicking the link below.

Barrow Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership: My Week Is Over!!!: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my week with the CDRP and have learned a lot about the Barrow community. The most prevalent part of my week came when I visited the Green Heart Den........."

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Update - North plot tomatoes

The tomatoes in the North plot planters are really flourishing.

These were planted earlier in the year by Central and Hindpool Junior Wardens as part of their work towards achieving a second John Muir award.

Stolen Honda EC 3600 Generator

Can you help.

Between 4.30pm, Wednesday 4th August  and  9am, Thursday 5th August our Honda EC 3600 Petrol generator was stolen by unknown persons accessing the north plot via Marsh Street back street to the immediate north of Marsh Street bridge. Please find details of our generator below.
Serial number: EZDJ - 8302143
Engine number: GCADT - 1115725

If you have any information could you please call Cumbria Police on: 0845 33 00 247 or alternatively call Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111. Thank you.

Today and another fantastic Free family session event




Families are regularly returning to relax and enjoy the surrounding and take part in the free activities during the family sessions. The sessions forms part of the Aiming high for disabled children in Furness, Transforming Short Breaks agenda.