Previous Activities

Ongoing in 2016

  • Lobbying for more attention to be paid to implementing a strategic long-term plan for management of the meadows (big changes in council structure – watch this space for outcome!)
  • Regular contacts with council to inform them of fly tipping, litter, need for hay cutting to encourage wildflower growth etc.  Not always a successful outcome, but we keep trying.
  • Lobbying/liaison with City Council re possible disabled access at Marsden Lane
  • Successful lobbying of City Council to get repairs done to Packhorse Bridge
  • Liaison with City Council re mural on wall at Mill Lock entrance of Aylestone Meadows
  • Last Monday of the month: litterpicking

December 2016
Great Christmas meal at the Black Horse

Wednesday 5 October 2016: Illustrated History of the River Soar
From pre-history to canal boats – it’s our local river
Talk by Adrian Lane (retiring Senior Riverside Officer)

October 2016
Removal of unwanted vegetation from scrapes in Aylestone Playing Fields with Park Force Volunteers

July 2016
Canal workday with Riverbank Crew

June/July/August 2016
Balsam clearance sessions between Mill Lock and Marsden Lane (as part of our ‘adoption’ of this stretch of canal)

June 2016
Stall at Riverside Festival

May 2016
Morn chorus bird walk

February 2016
AGM, for Chair’s report click here

January/February 2016
Bramble Clearance on the “mound” (4 sessions) to encourage wildflower growth (we’ve seen a big difference already)

January 2016
Planting apple trees in orchard near Braunstone Lane in partnership with Ellesmere college students and staff

June/July 2015: Himalayan Balsam work parties
Himalayan Balsam is an invasive non-native species that crowds out other plants. It pulls up very easily and is completely non-toxic. This is a great activity for all the family (children must be accompanied and supervised). Please wear stout shoes (possibly wellies) and long sleeves and trousers (to avoid nettle stings) and bring waterproofs and a packed lunch if staying all day. Click here for poster.

Wed 10 June 2015: Guided stroll through Aylestone Meadows
Discovering the countryside in the city. Click here for poster.
(Event supported by Leicester City Council).

Wednesday 3 December 2014: Harvest mouse survey
Contact Neill Talbot, Senior Conservation Officer, Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust.
See Harvest Mouse Volunteers Handbook for background info/survey methodology etc.

Saturday 20 September 2014: Fruits of Nature Day
Celebrating the harvest with fun activities for all the family: Spinning, willow weaving, apple juice making, treasure hunt, foraging, quiz, children’s games
Demonstrations: forestry with heavy horse, pole lathe turning, charcoal making, growing your own vegetables, flower craft , wonderful wildlife.
Click here for poster.
Click here for Maxine Linnell’s Fruits of Nature Day photo album.