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Image of bench repairsDamaged Benches Repaired
In June 2013 we repaired two damaged benches using plastic planking. Somewhere for you to sit and enjoy the views!

Image of stile installation at the pondNew Pond Fence and Stile Installed
Vandals had pulled over the fence around the Oak Tree pond and during two weeks in April 2013 a new fence and stile were installed.The Friends of Cock Road Ridge are extremely grateful to the TCV volunteers who worked so hard to help with this project during extremely bad weather.

'Nominate A Cause' Award from Asda
We'd like to extend our grateful 'thank you' to Asda, and to the shoppers who voted for us. We were awarded a cheque for 50! Our cause was to 'Keep Cock Road Ridge usable', so the money will contribute to materials and tools for one of many projects on Cock Road Ridge for the benefit of the community.

Bramble Clearing - Again!
We do a great deal of bramble clearing around the Ridge and in 2012 we ensured that the overgrown benches at the top of Steps Wood and by the Hawthorns above the bridge over the ring road at the Wraxall Road end of the Ridge could be used once more.

Image of new steps and pathwayNew Path at the Top of Steps Wood
In August 2012 the Trust for Conservation Volunteers helped us create a new path and steps in the muddy area at the top of Steps Wood.

Facebook Page Set Up!
We joined Facebook on 21 June 2012.

Information leaflet produced in conjunction with South Gloucestershire Council and distributed by members.

Image of COBC students tree plantingRoyal Wedding celebrated!
Seven students from City of Bristol College and three carers helped us clear brambles and plant a Katie apple and a Williams pear tree in the orchard in celebration of the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Bird Box Survey 2011
We continue to do annual surveys of the bird boxes and you can follow this link to the latest bird box surveys for 2010-2011.

Image of new bench being builtNew bench built
The old oak bench beside the allotments at the Holly Guest Lane end of the Ridge had finally rotted away and in August 2010 we installed a new log bench to replace it so that you can sit and enjoy the view once more!

Steps repaired
In June 2010 20+ volunteers from the Good Energy Group helped us repair the steps in Steps Wood.

'Tree O'clock'
On Saturday 5 December 2009 we took part in ‘Tree O’Clock’. This was organised as part of National Tree Week by Breathing Places and its partners and was a record-breaking attempt to plant the most number of trees in multiple places during one hour from 11am-12pm. We planted fruit trees in the orchard and Hazel, Ash, Alder and Willow elsewhere. In all we managed to plant a total of 38 trees at three locations on the Ridge.

Bird Box Survey 2009
Our regular Bird Box Survey took place in October

Image of French drain intallationFrench drain installed
During July-Oct 2009 a french drain to take water running off the allotment away from the old oak bench was installed with help from the Norton Radstock College students. They also laid chippings around the muddy gateway area at the Holly Guest Lane entrance to the Ridge.

Image of Forest of Avon sculptureForest of Avon Sculpture erected
On 26th March 2009 a wood sculpture created by Yusef was installed at the Wraxall Road end of the Ridge as part of a scheme to link different parts of the old Forest of Avon. The oak tree came from Overscourt Wood where another sculpture has been installed. There is a site marker on the top of the sculpture and when there are no leaves on the trees it is possible to follow the arrow pointing to Overscourt Wood and see the other sculpture.

New dog litter bins and raised pathway
In 2009 we liaised with the Council to have new dog litter bins installed. At our request the Council created a new raised pathway at the entrance down the lane between Nos 68 and 70 Cock Road where it had been getting very muddy.

Hedge-laying
In 2008 Norton Radstock College Conservation students did a lot of work on the Ridge which included hedge-laying along the boundary with the allotments at the Holly Guest Lane end of Cock Road Ridge.

New Ridge Signs!
On 24th November 2007 we installed the first of three signs on the Ridge. These signs show a map of the Ridge, places of interest and various birds, animals, insects and plants that can be found there. See the first sign page for pictures.

New Benches installed
We liaised with South Gloucestershire Council to arrange for four new benches to be installed on the Ridge.

Bird Box Survey
On 28th January 2006 we spent our workday carrying out a survey of the bird boxes installed on Cock Road Ridge. We were delighted to find that most of the boxes had been used. See our Bird Box Survey page for the results.

BT Award
Image of BT Award presentation BT awards Cock Road Ridge Friends a cheque for £350 to support activities.

Our Chairman, Bob Seddon, as a BT employee, applied for a BT Community Champions Award, which could be up to £500 towards a community project. BT distributes about 12 of these awards each year and Bob was proud to announce that the Friends have now received one for £350.

Click the photo or this link for more details.

Elderflower Champagne
Just in from one of our members, Peter Gulliford - how to make Champagne from a common growing plant. You can get recipe details on making Elderflower Champagne here.

Swimming Pool
Grainne Stables, Leisure Projects Officer contacted the group to draw our attention to the planning application for the new leisure centre in Longwell Green, next to the Community Garden. Grainne said that one of the key aspects of this development is a sensitive quality landscaping scheme which will enhance the local area. She said that the council had appointed Grants Associates as Landscape Architects and that she wanted the Friends of Cock Road Ridge to become involved from the start and liaise with the landscape architects re plantings in the grounds.

Grant
Oldland Parish Council has donated £200.00 to our group.

Donation
Wessex Water has donated £2500.00 to the Friends of Cock Road Ridge. This money will be used by BTCV on our behalf. This is a generous donation by Wessex Water and we thank them for recognizing the valuable work we do on behalf of the community and wildlife. The Chairman of the Friends went to Bath on Monday the 19th January 2004 together with our past Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary to accept the cheque for £2500.00. It was presented to our Chairman by David Bellamy.

RMC Chips in...
Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) has kindly donated 5 ton of chippings and a further 5 ton is availabe for the Friends to use when required. Five tons has been collected from RMC and placed down on top of a muddy part of the Ridge and this has made the area more accessible.

Community Award
Image of Community Award presentationPeter Gulliford was nominated by our group for a Community Award and was chosen as one of the winners of the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the South Gloucestershire community as a volunteer. Peter attended an Awards Cermony at Tortworth Court on Friday 5th March 2004 and was presented with his award. A photograph of Peter receiving his award from Councillor Sue Walker and David Swire of SITA is shown right.

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