Potholes and repairs
It has been a strange summer weather wise; June was very dry and sunny but with cold evenings.
After the recent rain and warm weather annuals such as cosmos, asters and tagetes are flowering well, adding late colour to gardens. Deadhead where possible to keep them flowering and prevent them setting seed.
I am feeling my age. In my head I am still 22 but when I set off to run after a sheep or a cow, I feel more like 90.
Solar Array, Coronation Memorials, Other Works
The outcome of Lightrock’s appeal against HDC’s refusal for a Solar Array was published on 27 June. The scheme will now go ahead, subject to conditions. Decision – The main issue in the appeal was the effect of the development on, and potential loss of, agricultural land. Whilst recognising that land classification is a matter…
We have at least one pair of sparrow hawks which operate in the village. Those of you with bird feeders will be aware of the sudden attacks on garden birds, or more usually the tell-tale sign of a patch of feathers on the lawn.
If the weather dries up in the coming month, then that will be perfect. Almost all of the first crop of grass has been made into hay because it was drying out so fast in the sunshine that I just left it for hay.
The rain at the end of July will have done much good, but it has spoilt the roses that are flowering now, so I give them a light prune, a feed of Fish, Blood and Bone and hopefully in a few weeks time they will have a second crop of flowers.
Scruton Fest, Solar Array, Dangerous Litter, Coronation Memorial
A tree has been planted and a bench installed at the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard by Chris’ colleagues and friends.
Recently I walked up Meeth Gill just west of Reeth to the Old Gang Smelt Mills to see how many species of upland birds I could find, especially summer migrants.
I write this on the day after Scruton Fest. When I returned home, I checked the sheep because I had a nagging feeling that something was wrong.
After a very dry month, at last a drop of rain, although we need more. Some plants have done well and the roses have been spectacular with more flowers than usual, although they haven’t lasted long in the heat.
Scruton Fest was a roaring success last weekend, thanks to the Fest Crew (SPFA) and everyone who supported and participated in the event in any way.
SPC Vacancy, Coronation, Scams, Volunteers Required
May has been a month where the crops have grown fast because of the combination of warm weather and sufficient moisture in the ground.
At last the warm weather is here and the gardens are growing almost too fast. Plants are very vigorous and it looks like a good year for peonies; mine have never been so tall!
by Andy Johnston Rewilding is all the rage at the moment. However it may come as a surprise that there are over 2,000 non-native species of plants & animals already established in the UK. Many have been deliberately introduced, but a significant number have arrived accidentally. Examples in our neighbourhood include Himalayan balsam, Japanese knot-weed,…
Improvements to Scruton Playing Field include a new entrance, new benches (with wheelchair access) and a storage container.
Parish Council Vacancy, Waste bins, Pittfields Corner, Solar Array, STOP PRESS
I always look forward to May, a month of promise of warm summer days. An easy month when the cattle and sheep are outdoors, eating the spring grass, after the winter when they needed feeding twice a day, bedding up every second day, and mucking out every six weeks.
The Potato Challenge is back for another season! See who can grow the biggest weight of potatoes from one tuber grown in a bag. It’s free to enter, just pick up your potato and bag now from outside East Grange House, Common Lane. A grand weigh-in will take place later in the year. Prizes for…
Recently the north of England was subject to a ridge of high pressure and a NE airflow. These conditions were ideal for the creation of Britain’s only named wind ‘The Helm Wind’.