A community project to create a special place for people and wildlife
Great burnet and meadowsweet; two species currently found at Jubilee Pasture. We hope altered management will encourage great burnet to spread so we can replace this picture with a similar one of our own meadow area.
Half way between Bugthorpe and Kirby Underdale, where the road crosses the beck, there is a triangle of grassland with some trees in the corner. We hope to transform this site into a small wildlife haven, and create a special place where local residents and visitors can appreciate our countryside. The project will commemorate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee of 2022 and, being next to Pasture Farm, we have called it Jubilee Pasture.
The land is owned by Halifax Estates and has been farmed for many years by the Wardell family. They have agreed to allow this use of the site and are strongly involved with the project. Bugthorpe and Kirby Underdale Parish Council have taken on responsibility for managing any funding received for the project, and will ensure that it is well-maintained in years to come. The on-the-ground work will be undertaken by an informal group of parish residents called the 'Friends of Jubilee Pasture', and anyone else who wants to come along when we've arranged a day of activities. If you would like to participate at any level, from pulling ivy to growing plug plants at home ready for planting out, please contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This page will make the plans for the project available to anyone who is interested and, hopefully, will show our progress as we work with nature to achieve our aims.
The Plan for Jubilee Pasture
A document as been drawn up to serve as a reference for everyone involved with the project. This summarises the existing features of the site, lists the aims of the project, describes the developments which will take place and indicates ongoing management requirements. Click here to read the full document (pdf, 7 pages). The plans may be updated as ideas develop but they will remain consistent with the agreed aims.
Developments of the site will be consistent with, and seek to achieve, the following aims:
● To create an area where the residents of Bugthorpe, Kirby Underdale and nearby villages, and visiting walkers and cyclists, can enjoy the flora and fauna of the site and benefit from the surrounding landscape.
The site will be visually attractive, in keeping with it being in the countryside rather than a garden, and will allow for people to walk throughout the area.
● To encourage existing plant species of conservation value, and to introduce additional plant species of conservation value.
Species will be native and within their natural range, with some exceptions for non-invasive historically naturalised species such as wild-type snowdrops (not cultivars). Wherever possible, seed and plant material will be obtained from non-commercial local sources to help maintain genetic diversity.
● To the create habitats for, and provide food for, invertebrates, birds, mammals, amphibians and fungi.
This will be achieved through vegetation management, creation of a pond and consideration of microhabitats such as dead wood.
Fertilisers (synthetic or organic) and insecticides will not be used. Herbicides will only be used as method of last resort.
● To educate people, especially children, about the nature and history of the local area.
This will be achieved through an information board and through organised activities.
● To commemorate HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee of 2022.
This will be marked by an inscribed bench.
The developments will:
● Provide a range of one-off or regular activities in which residents can participate, and so benefit from the social activity and sense of contribution to the project.
● Be planned to ensure that they do not require undue time or cost in future maintenance or management.
● Be under the oversight of Bugthorpe and Kirby Underdale Parish Council but organised by the Friends of Jubilee Meadow. They will be agreed by the owner, Halifax Estates, and tenants of the site, currently Wardell & Sons.
Proposed Zones for Development
See the full plan document for details (click here for pdf file).
1. Management of existing trees and understory.
2. Creation of pond.
3. New trees and shrubs.
4. Management of beckside vegetation.
5. Management of bridge area vegetation.
6. Enhancement of grassland to form wildflower-rich meadow through altered management and seeding with green hay.
7. Bench commemorating Jubilee.
8. Information sign.
Together, the trees and meadow form a woodmeadow.
We hope to start work on each component of the project in 2022. This will be partly dependent on the success of funding applications. We are monitoring the plant species through the spring and summer of 2022, and this will inform decisions about the introduction of additional species in the autumn. For a proposed timetable of activities from spring 2022 to spring 2023, click here. When activities have been planned, notices will be put up on the boards in Bugthorpe and Kirby Underdale.
Although the Jubilee year is a key year for this project, it will continue for many years to come. There will be ongoing maintenance, such as traditional hay meadow management of the grassland, and people will have new ideas for how to enhance the wildlife and community value of the site. It will take many years for the wildflower meadow to enrich and, with the new trees, to develop into a woodmeadow. (To learn more about woodmeadows, visit The Woodmeadow Trust website here.) We hope this is just the start of something with ever-increasing value.
Plant species will be recorded through 2022, and hopefully beyond. If you have skills in plant identification and would like to assist, please contact Katherine at email@example.com. The record of surveys to date can be read here (Excel file).
If you have skills in identifying any other wildlife groups and would like to build up a record of their presence at Jubilee Pasture, please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activities to date
March 2022 - Tree planting. Trees donated by The Woodland Trust were planted by Halifax Estates. These are a significant step in the development of zone 3 in the map above. (This is not part of the Jubilee Pasture Project for which we have sought support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.)
10 April 2022 - Spring flower planting. Volunteers came to plant donated spring flowers. Snowdrops, aconites and primroses were planted amongst the newly planted trees. Primroses and violets were planted in parts of the existing wooded area where ivy had been cleared. It is hoped that, in due course, these will establish colonies which blend in with the surrounding vegetation. Initially we will probably need to manage the surrounding grass, ivy etc., to give the flowers a chance, so the areas will look more 'gardened' than we hope will be the case in the long term. If these are successful, further patches of spring flowers can be planted in future years.
In a special area of the site near the beck, several shrubs loved by bees were planted by Connor Emery's family in his memory.
Donated flag irises were planted in a temporary position by the beck and will be moved to the pond edge when the pond has been built.
(This is not part of the Jubilee Pasture Project for which we have sought support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.)