Yorkshire Day is here again. Will you be joining us?

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Jul 112016

Are you a proud Yorkshire man or women. Then why not join us on August the 1st for the annul Yorkshire day.

They’ll be event’s running up and down the county. For more details here’s a reprint from the YorkshireRidingsSociety:

Yorkshire Day

The society invites you or your organisation to Celebrate Yorkshire Day on August 1st each year.

Yorkshire Day, a day to celebrate everything Yorkshire, but especially the integrity of the county, has been promoted by the society for nearly forty years.

Each year, on that day, members of the society read a declaration of the integrity of Yorkshire at four of the Bars of York.

A reading is held facing into each of the three ridings and into the city. In recent years a reading has been held in the city centre, too.

“I, (name), being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare:
That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of 1134 years standing;
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;

That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women;
That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [year]. God Save the Queen!”

Many celebrations of Yorkshire Day now take place all over the county, and indeed, around the world. Yorkshire Day Celebrations range from gatherings of family and friends to civic ceremonies, or can be as simple as reminding each other what’s great about Yorkshire. Some heartfelt comments have already been left by visitors to the site and you can add your thoughts on Yorkshire and tell us about your Yorkshire Day by leaving a comment on one of our posts, or by dropping us an email to admin@yorkshireridings.org 

For latest news about Yorkshire Day and all things YRS, go to our blog page.

Our nearest one will be run at Oak well Hall. It will feature food, drinks, and children’s activities. A great family day out.

For more details see: http://www.friendsofoakwellhall.org.uk/events/icalrepeat.detail/2016/07/31/1023/-/yorkshire-day


Britain’s wildlife needs your help

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Jul 022016

Did you know that 60% of the UK native animals species have declined in the past 60 years? If you’re like us and you have a passion for wildlife you’ll find this alarming.

My dear friend Keith over at LTS has worked on various projects throughout his long career – working on both farming and residential environmental projects. He said he’s noted a drastic reduction in wildlife numbers over the years.  The guy has a vast amount of experience, so when he talks I listen.

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How to plant perennials in the UK

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Jun 242016

This is the next article in our ‘members writes’ section. Today’s article is written by Good friend Keith who’s an expert gardener and a tree surgeon in Manchester.  If you live in that area and need your garden tending to, I suggest giving him a call, as you’ll be in good hands.


Perennials, also known as herbaceous perennials, are plants that are capable of surviving for longer than two years. Some of the most well-known examples include phlox, lavender, and geraniums.

With regard to the common UK garden, perennials are generally planted in beds or in border form and, dependent upon the perennials you have, can grow in every garden environment. Planting perennials is easy and does not have to be complicated, but there are a few essential steps that you should take; here, I am going to provide you with the key information you need to ensure you have as much perennial success as you possibly can. Continue reading »

How to prune climbing roses

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Jun 172016

If your garden contains the presence of an impressive climbing rose, it is essential that you learn the appropriate methods and timings to prune it; not to prune a climbing rose will result in few flowers and an untidy, unattractive tangled array of branches. Often considered complicated, pruning is actually a straightforward process when you know how.  I am going to give you an easy, step-by-step guide which will give you the tools to create beautifully robust and flowering climbers!

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Have we done enough to prevent more floods in Yorkshire?

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Jun 102016

Everyone who I talk to remembers the devastation that were caused by floods in Winter 2016. We all know someone who has been affected by them in this (as parts of Yorkshire were hit bad).

However, in the wake of all this it seems that the present government is doing to far to little to prevent it happening again.

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Best herbs to grow in your garden

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Jun 102016

We grow plenty of herbs in the grounds in the Cellars Clough Gardens. So, I thought I’d share some advice and tips and how we grow and keep them alive.

Home growing herbs has become increasingly popular with many keen-gardeners – it saves money, it’s enjoyable, it’s satisfying, and it’s easy.

However, with such a vast array of choice regarding garden herbs, it is often difficult to decide which are the best herbs to choose.

Here, I am going to be outlining my top recommendations of the best, most-convenient herbs you can conveniently grow in your garden.

When first beginning your herb garden, it is important to establish your priorities: are you looking for fast growing herbs that will provide a continuous supply?

Or are you looking for slightly less maintenance, slower growing herbs? If you are leaning towards the latter, perennial herbs (capable of surviving for longer than two years) will be the best choice, but if fast growing is what you are looking for, planting annual and biennial herbs(general life-span of just one growing season) is most definitely more for you.

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5 ways to use coffee grounds in your garden

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Jun 102016

The fact is that we drink a lot of coffee from our local cafe. It is almost all frugal, brew at home coffee but still it adds up. Fortunately coffee grounds are as useful as liquid coffee itself. We should save them for use in our gardens therefore getting the most of the black golden berries. Below I have outlined five ways in which you can put your used coffee grounds to use. Never throw them away since they are going to redefine gardening once and for all

Sheet mulch

There is a common assumption that coffee grounds are acidic. However, Ph tests indicate that they are mildly acidic and mildly alkaline. Research also indicates that coffee grounds turn neutral as they begin to decay. They can be used to mulch fruit trees, cane fruit and blue berries with excellent results. They also prevent our grounds from getting dumped out.

If you decide to mulch using coffee grounds don’t pile it up. That is not a good way of mulching your plants. Let coffee grounds for ½“ layer above organic manure. It breaks down very well since worms will definitely work on it.  Coffee grounds work like any other organic mulch.

Side dressing heavy feeders

The main nitrogen component in DIY organic fertilizers is seed meal. If you think about it more, coffee is a processed seed. Coffee grounds are very high in nitrogen. At about 10% these grounds will offer a perfect supplement for your plants’ nitrogen requirements. With such nitrogen levels coffee grounds are perfect for side dressing hungry vegetables like tomatoes and squash.

Natural slug deterrent

Slugs find it difficult crawling over coffee grounds. Most probably coffee grounds scratch them on their soft belies. If you have planted slug magnets such as Napa cabbage, trying using   coffee grounds around them. It will keep away the nuisance slugs at the same time providing nutrients to your vegetables.

Suppressing fungal diseases

Decomposing coffee grounds have their own fungal colonies. However, these colonies fight other fungi. If this seems weird to you remember that the powerful penicillin was made from molds which are numerous in decomposing coffee. These natural occurring moulds in coffee suppress most common fungal rots including fusarium and pythium. It is very hard to quantify this but be sure that incorporating coffee grounds in your compost keeps several fungi away.

Compost manure

This is one of the best ways to use your leftover coffee grounds. In addition to adding more nutrients to your organic manure coffee grounds speed up the decomposing process. It is very easy to gain this benefit. Pour coffee grounds in your compost pit and leave the coffee grounds to do the rest of the work.

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Written by Sandra Green

Join a Great Archaeological Excavation Event! – 25th June

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Jun 092016

Hi dear reader,

A friend of mine who works at the National Park for the Peak District informed me of this archaeological event in Whitle, Sheen. A few of our members and their children might be interested in this event so I thought I’d share it:

This is a reprint from the PBL website:


Join a Great Archaeological Excavation Event!
Peeling Back the Layers
Open Day
Saturday 25th June 2016
11am – 4pm
All welcome!

Peeling Back the Layers is a hands-on educational project, run by the Tudor Farming Interpretation Group (TFIG). A wide range of people are investigating the history and archeology of Whitle, Sheen and the surrounding landscape. Groups and individuals are joining together with the primary and secondary schools, young archaeologists, local history enthusiasts and mental health groups in this fascinating exploration of our local heritage.

In 2004, an archaeological survey undertaken by Jim Rylatt of the Peak District National Park (Rylatt, Jim., (2005) click to access a pdf copy of the report) identified a number of possible medieval or post-medieval features at Under Whitle. Research by the TFIG uncovered documents establishing the existence of farms and families in the Tudor period.

This project is continuing to extend the historical research and will peel back the layers, to reveal the archaeological features and treasures beneath the ground!

If you’d like a chance to work with a professional historian and archaeologists there are opportunities to research history; learn the skills, knowledge and processes of archaeology; and interpret and share knowledge discovered.


For more inquiries please contact the groups organizers using this page