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Rosedale Community News

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Archive for the ‘conservation’ Category

Line Closure – 8 July to 30 September 2019

Natural England have announced the temporary removal of open access to the old railway line from Reeking Gill around Dale Head to Blakey Junction from 8 July to 30 September to allow essential work to be done restore the path as part of the Land of Iron project- see the flyer for details:

Closure Notice

Signage has been put by NYMNP at 16 access points to the line around the dale.

The Stone Kilns banking as at 7 July 2019

Rosedale Wildlife Week 23 to 29 June 2019

As part of the Land of Iron Project, The National Park is running a series of wildlife events in and around Rosedale. The programme dates, times and locations are shown in an earlier post and there is time to book in to more of these fascinating events which reveal the rich diversity of nature within the dale – and by attending any of them there is the opportunity to win a 4kg/9lb chocolate egg! (see below).

9 lbs of delicious chocolate to be won!
Moth Morning 23 June
Fabulous Foliage 23 June
Photographing Wildlife by Steve Race, 23 June
Meadows and Pastures of Rosedale, 24 June
Some locals joining in!
From Goshawks to Whales – Richard Baines talking about the wildlife to be found in the National Park – 26 June
Hidden Hartoft Nature Walkers – 27 June 2019
Dippers, Nuthatches and Ring Ouzels
Bat Walkers about to set off – 28 June
Nature and History Walkers – 29 June
All over and celebrating at Graze on The Green!

In summary, the week was a great success with most of the varied events being well attended. A huge range of animal and plant species were spotted and studied, of which some of the many highlights were spotting the rare Arctic Starflower in Hartoft, the rarer Tachina Grossa, a fly with attitude, along with bird wing moths as well as hearing (with the aid of bat detectors) and then watching Daubenton’s bats hunting by night along the River Seven at Dunn Car bridge.

Huge thanks to Elspeth ingleby and Sam Newton from the National Park for organising a truly fascinating, entertaining and instructive week – more please next year!

Rosedale Wildlife Week – 23 to 29 June 2019

A reminder that the Rosedale Wildlife Week runs with a varied and fascinating programme from Sunday 23 June to Saturday 29 June. All the events are free and to attend and take part, please book through www.northyorkmoors.eventbrite.com or call 01493 772738.

In summary the programme is:

Sunday 23 June: 0900: Moth Morning ,Village Green. 1000 – Fabulous Flora, Churchyard, 1900 – Photographing Wildlife, Updale Reading Room

Monday 24 June: 1000 – Meadows and Pastures of Rosedale, 1900 – Gardening with Nature for Nature, Reading Room.

Tuesday 25 June: 1000 – Wildlife Walk, Reading Room.

Wednesday 26 June: 1000 – Wild Woods of Rosedale, Reading Room, 1900 – Wildlife of The North York Moors, Reading Room.

Thursday 27 June: 1000 – Hidden Hartoft Wildlife Walk, Reading Room, 1900 – The Wildlife of Rosedale, Reading Room

Friday 28 June: 1000 – Aquatic Rosedale, Reading Room, 2100 – Bats In The Abbey, Village Green

Saturday 29 June: 0900 – Moth Morning, Reading Room, 1030 – Village Nature Walk, Village Green

Hope to see you all next week!

Land of Iron – Bank Top Kilns Update as at 10 June 2019

As reported previously, work continues to stabilise the ironstone roasting kilns at Bank Top. The contractors are currently strengthening and re-inforcing the back wall to prevent further stone falls and are also re-pointing the interior of the arches top and bottom to stop water ingress.

The work site as at 10 June 2019
A photographer from the Heritage Lottery Fund visiting as well as Linda Chambers from the project Steering Committee
Repointing the arches

The work is progressing well, although no completion date is yet known for the work as more problems become evident in the structure. Further updates will be posted here soon.

Land of Iron Update – Bank Top Kilns

Work has started today, Monday 13 May, on conserving and stabilising the ironstone roasting kilns at Bank Top, Rosedale. Initially, the area around the kilns will be fenced off and scaffolding erected to allow William Birch Ltd to carry out much needed conservation work on these impressive monuments to Rosedale’s ironstone ‘Klondike’ which started here at West Mines in 1856.

A lot of work has been done under the project on the ironstone workings and railway line at East Mines (see previous LoI updates) so it is good to see that West Mines, also known as Low Works, are now getting the same treatment.

Access to the lower car park at Bank Top will be restricted during the period of works so visitors are encouraged to use the upper car park.

Work ongoing as at 17 May 2019

Land of Iron Update – 22 October 2018

If you have been up on the line recently you will have seen some major work completed to stabilise the old track bed by clearing old culverts and making new ones to ensure that water drains away without eroding the track and path.

A new embankment at Blackhouses, filling in the major landslip there.
A restored culvert near Sturdy Bank
A cleared  entrance to the double culvert at the Sturdy Bank embankment

If you are interested in helping out, check the NYMNP website at www.northyorkmoors.org.uk to see what volunteer tasks are planned for next year.

The upstream entrance to the large culvert at Reeking Gill. More work is planned to stabilise the immediate area.

Rosedale War Memorial

The War Memorial in Rosedale Abbey’s churchyard has been cleaned for the first time in decades and work is underway to re-paint the names of all those commemorated on the plinth who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Shirley Drew and Linda Chambers at work on the lettering

Short biographies of all those who fell in the Great War are on display in the church, especially poignant this year as Remembrance Sunday coincides with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. Details of local commemorations will be published shortly.

Churchyard Strim and Rake – 5 October 2018

It’s that time again – time to cut and rake the conservation area in the Rosedale Abbey churchyard. A team of volunteers from the National Park will come on Friday 5 October at around 10.00 am to cut and rake the conservation area, but local volunteers, with any strimmers, rakes etc, would be very welcome. As an incentive, refreshments will be provided!

The NYMNP and local volunteers at work in 2016.

If you can spare an hour or so, please come along on Friday – no need to book! This will be the last time that the NYMNP volunteers will be cutting the conservation area and from 2019 onwards it will be purely a local task.

The Ascending Angel

The Angel on the Celestial Ladder on the side of St Mary and St Lawrence Church has been moved up a notch as a result of the outstanding £5000 raised at the the recent Flower Festival.

The Angel as at 24 September 2018

and as at 27 September

The fund raising effort continues as can be seen from the height of the ladder. Cards, notebooks and the Rosedale 2019 Calendar are available from the Abbey Stores, Graze on The Green tearooms, the Coach House Inn, Gillies Jones Glass and the Caravan Club site shop. Also keep a look out on this site and on social media for further news about fundraising events for this vitally important cause.