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Maintaining our green spaces

Grasshoppers meet regularly on the third Saturday of each month and occasionally, as needed, during the week.

Our aim is to help maintain and enhance the local green spaces owned by Bleasby Parish Council; these include Jubilee Ponds, Ferry End and Glebe Field. 

We also organise a nature based community events throughout the year which you might be interested in coming along to - click here.

Below you will find a summary of our the areas we maintain and an idea of the tasks we carry out. 

It's not all hard labour (we leave that to the contractors) and there is a strong focus on community, having fun and getting some fresh air!

If you are interested in getting involved, or just interested to find out more about these green spaces, please send an email to [email protected] and Mike or Jo will get in touch.


Grasshoppers look after the upkeep of benches, fencing, planting, grass and trees  

We are gradually introducing new planting around the perimeter to enhance the area for visitors and wildlife 

There are a number of large trees (mainly crack willow) which we monitor and will arrange for contractors to keep under control


We look after the upkeep of the orchard area  

The hedgerow and grass is maintained by contractors, organised by a local volunteer and The Parish Council 

Grasshoppers manage the  Coronation Meadow project which was was started in 2023 (behind the old oak tree) 


Grasshoppers patrol Jubilee Ponds and will take appropriate action regarding maintenance requirements to help ensure the area is accessible and being looked after. Larger jobs, such as removing trees and maintaining the paths is managed by BPC using contractors as required. The Carp Fishing Syndicate also maintain the waters edge and are always willing to help out when we ask. 

Centenary Wood 

We coppice the hazel as required

A spring and autumn cut and clearance of the floor is carried out by contractors

We do the regular mowing of diagonal paths and keep the base of the trees clear, especially on younger specimens

There are some is a need to renew tree labels and provide a map identifying those being remembered; we are working on this.

We are also looking at improvement of planting to create more spring / woodland ground cover 

Den Building area

BPC use a contractor to control the vegetation around entrance

Grasshoppers make regular checks for safety, unwanted vegetation and look after the deadwood hedge boundaries 

We also monitor trees for signs of disease, decay and dangerous limbs

Bird Hide area

This area was set up in 2021 but we have found it only really attracts squirrels and pigeons! We are considering what to do next here, so it might look a bit neglected for a while. 

Main Meadow

In 2022 we sowed Yellow Rattle seed which has taken and is starting to spread - this will help seppress the grasses, allowing more wildflowers to flourish 

In September there is a main cut and clearance of the arisings - a specialist contractor (also used by Notts Wildlife Trust) is used for this and then any winter & spring cuts are made by a local farmer, as directed by Grasshoppers

We then make the first cut of a "meandering path" for visitors to use in early spring and then regular maintain this through to September

The autumn cut of the main hedge is now carried out by a contractor - it took a lot of hard work by Grasshoppers to clear it in the first place!

We maintain the carved bench /and bug hotel by gate entrance area - this is an area we use for our Nature Day community events

We plan to improve our monitoring & recording of flower and wildlife species and improve information for visitors about the Meadow and it's associated flora and fauna.

In 2024 we placed a number of reptile mats around the perimeter of the meadow to help survey local species.

Meadow Triangle (adjacent to the bonfire pit)

We make a complete cut & clearance of the grass in spring and autumn and then maintain a path to allow access

The single old hawthorn and Dog Rose are cred for by Grasshoppers

We enjoy at least one bonfire a year and use the adjacent area for storage of debris cleared from around the ponds prior to burning 

We plan is to introduce yellow rattle to help suppress growth of aggressive grasses and start monitoring existing wildflowers in the area

The Reed Bed

In conjunction with Notts Wildlife Trust, we are developing a plan to redevelop this area. 


We keep the seating areas around ponds clear for visitors (sometimes with the help of a contractor and the local fishermen)


Bleasby Parish Council arrange for contractors to keep the paths cleared and carry out any significant work on hedgerows and scrubland