What an exciting evening the FOBB Steering Group have had… we have some exciting news to share…. the election results are as follows:
*Julian Thomas (Chair 2015-2019) stood down and has been replaced by Andy Coogan.
*Andy Coogan (Secretary 2016-2019) stood down and has been replaced by joint Secretaries Andrew Knight & Mary Churchill.
*Claire Dowling (Treasurer 2011-present) remains in post.
We are all very excited to see how much we can achieve in the coming year (September 2019 – September 2020). Watch this space or come along and join our steering group.
Prompt start at 7pm, at The Club, Wick Road just along from Wick Road library. Electing roles for the coming year. If you would like to be more involved in our future direction please do pop along and join us. We always welcome new members.
Fancy making a difference in your local community? Got no plans tomorrow morning? Please do pop along to St Annes Woods and give us a hand with our rescheduled bramble bash. We have lots of tools and just need the people to use them. Meeting 10am at the co-op entrance to St Annes Woods or 10:15 (ish) at St Annes Well. Please share with anyone you think might want to give us a hand. Thanks. FoBB.
Fingers crossed the Met Office is right but it looks like me might have a dry bramble bashing session?! And an even greater incentive to come and join us… a local resident has offered to bring us mugs of home made soup to keep us warm during the morning!!!!! If you have no plans please do come and join us. This is our last bramble session before nesting season. Let’s make it a productive one! See you at 10am Coop round-a-bout entrance to St Annes Woods or anytime after at St Annes Well. We aim to finish by midday.
Thank you to Neil Green, from Avon Invasion Species, for giving up his Wednesday evening and sharing his vast knowledge on the invasive species Himalayan Balsam [Impatiens Glandulifera]. Even those of us who thought we knew about the subject learnt lots of new and interesting facts.
If you have ever been in doubt as to whether to pull it up, or leave it to flower for the Bees, then Neil paints a very clear picture on the negative impact the Balsam can have on our native species, woodland areas and riverbeds.
Everyone present agreed that Balsam needs to be managed, and removed as much as possible, as the negative impacts far out way the only positive for the bees. The Friends of Brislington Brook will continue to arrange Himalayan Balsam pulling events in both Nightingale Valley and St Annes Woods, so if you would like to give us a hand please get in touch to find out when our next session is.
If you couldn’t attend our discussion with Neil, please check out the following links for more information:
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to David & Paul for another successful Woodland Owl Prowl. We loved their beautiful little owl and barn owl. We heard lots of wild owls calling and one group even saw one flying. If you have any pictures please do share them with us. And THANK YOU to everyone who donated so generously. We covered our costs for the evening and will be able to put on another owl prowl in the future (if people want another one next year?).
Our last volunteer work party of 2018 is today. Meeting at 10am at the co-op entrance to St Annes Woods. Hope to see you there.
The Friends of Brislington Brook Christmas Social 2018.
Venue confirmed… Spice Bazaar, Brislington Hill, have welcomed us back for another year (if Tony Carey promises to bring his guitar). We have booked a table for 12 but this can be increased if you want to come and join us (it’s not too late). This year we will not be having the party menu then everyone can order exactly what they want from the general menu. If you have any questions please do give us a shout. See you on Wednesday 🙂
The Bristol Tree Forum – Tree of the Year competition voting is live until the 15th November 2018…. please give our bricked up London Plane Tree your vote and spread the word!
We are very sorry to all those that planned to come along and give us a hand. But the weather forecast for the rest of today means it is not possible to continue as planned. Phase two of the pond renovation will be rescheduled to autumn 2019!