Huge, huge thanks to the 20+ people who joined Keresley Parish Council today on our first Monthly Litter Pick for 2023.
It was a great turnout, with the weather holding out for a gorgeously crisp winter’s afternoon and there was an impressive collection of rubbish picked. A few photos below
We had local charity Lions Group join, alongside the Deputy Mayor, the Ward Councillors, a young student doing their Duke of Edinburgh activities, well-known local residents and an inspirational young litter picker motivated to litter pick after he saw a plastic bag flying in the wind at school.
It was fantastic to see so many local residents respond to our call and we hope it encourages many more to also get involved.
If you have any suggestions on where the Monthly Group should target next then do reach out to us by contacting our clerk. Just check out the Contact Us page for how to get in touch!
Do you live nearby, or enjoy using Jubilee Wood on Watery Lane?
Coventry Park Rangers, local schools, scout groups and volunteers have made fantastic progress with much needed maintenance in our previous sessions, but there is still much more that can be done!
We are looking for volunteers to support with maintenance activities to help rejuvenate this wonderful green space. Please send us a message on Facebook or email email@example.com if you are interested in helping out or have any questions.
We would appreciate as little or as much time as you are able to give. Please wear good footwear and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, which gives protection from brambles/thorns.
Keresley Parish Council is collaborating with Coventry Park Rangers at Coventry City Council, who will provide guidance, tools, gloves, goggles and refreshment drinks – we would like to express our thanks to them for making this event possible.
We really look forward to the event and hope you can join us. Please also share with your friends and family and if you’re interested in attending RSVP via our Facebook Event, just click here.
Jubilee Wood, Watery Lane, Coventry, CV6 2GH
Friends of Keresley Parish
Keresley Parish Council have had the following article posted in the Coventry Observer. Thanks to Tristan Harris for promoting our work. The original article can be found at the link below.
HUGE progress was made on a ‘day of action’ last Wednesday as part of the project to restore Keresley Jubilee Wood to its former glory.
Grass was cut along the footpath and in the orchard and two new benches were installed, taking the total to three.
One of the benches is by entrance for those not able to walk around the whole wood but wanting to visit, and another on the far side provides a great spot to watch the sun set.
Litter picking was also carried out in the wood and along Watery Lane with new ‘No Litter, No Fouling’ signs.
Recently, plaques and signs have been reinstalled by the Coventry Park Rangers, replacing one which had become rotten and blown down and another for a tree planted by Keresley Parish Council in 2016 to commemorate The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The latter plaque had been vandalised and stolen, later recovered during a litter pick.
Coun Matthew Dille thanked everyone involved in the day of action, including volunteers, Bablake and Holbrook ward councillors and representatives from the Change Grow Live – Coventry charity.
“I am particularly grateful for the support Coventry Park Rangers has provided.
“Without them, these events would have not been possible, as they have provided all of the tools, guidance and PPE and kept us entertained during the hard work.
“There is only three in their team and they have the whole city to cover.”
Back in January, a vision to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee was set out.
“With the dedication of many local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, the
President Kennedy School and 13th Coventry Scout Group, I think we have achieved that over the last five months.
“However, we mustn’t stop here, there is always more to be done and we need continued support for Keresley Jubilee Wood.”
Coun Dille urged local people to visit and enjoy Keresley Jubilee Wood and all it has to offer.
Today in the sunshine and hot weather, we made some fantastic progress at Keresley Jubilee Wood.
Activities today included grass cutting along the footpath and orchard area, litter picking, installing new ‘No Litter No Fouling’ signage and making new benches.
We made and installed one new bench near the entrance. This will be a great bird watching spot and also for people who are unable to walk the whole perimeter, but would still like to visit the wood. We also installed a new bench on the south side of the paddock. This will be a great spot to watch the sunset. This brings the total number of benches in the wood to three.
Thank you to our local volunteers, Bablake & Holbrook Ward Councillors, and representatives from Change Grow Live – Coventry. We are very grateful for Coventry Park Rangers’ support, providing tools, guidance and PPE. 12 of us in total took part across the day.
Please do visit and enjoy the wood, check out the progress and let us know what you think. You may recall we set out a vision in January this year to rejuvenate Keresley Jubilee Wood in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. With the hard work of local volunteers, local charities, local politicians, President Kennedy School, 13th Coventry Scout Group and Coventry Park Rangers, this vision has been realised over the last five months. However, there is always more to do, so we can’t stop there. If you would like to get involved with Keresley Jubilee Wood, please do get in touch!
Friends of Keresley Parish
Thank you to all of the volunteers and Joe at Coventry Park Rangers for all of your help today at the Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day 2. It was a really productive session!
There were 7 of us in total finishing off the bramble removal in the Orchard Area. That will be enough bramble removal for now as it is important to still retain some around the wood for nesting, food etc.. Large piles of brambles have been made, which will rot over time.
We also planted around 75 Bluebell bulbs around trees along the eastern footpath – keep your eyes out for when these flower. Earlier in the week, Coventry Park Rangers replaced a rotting gate post at the entrance.
Please do visit the wood and let us know what you think!
The transformation of Jubilee Wood is progressing very well, but of course there is still much more to do. Watch this space for the date of the next session where we will be doing some different activities and we would love for you to get involved.
A spontaneous litter pick today resulted in the collection of exactly 300 cans, glass and plastic bottles. This was just around the entrance of the unmade footpath that joins Rookery Lane with Watery Lane.
The footpath has been overgrown for some time, but as part of the wider Keresley Jubilee Wood rejuvenation project, the plan is to bring it back into use to improve connectivity and reduce antisocial behaviour.
There is still a lot more to do, but the progress today made a big difference to the appearance of the area.
Check out our upcoming Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day and Monthly Litter Pick Events if you’d like to get involved!
12th March – Keresley Jubilee Wood Action Day
2nd April – Monthly Litter Pick Event