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Researcher and practioner in matters relating to egovernment, government ICT and their approach to the citizen.

Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows – What may the Future Hold?

York Natural Environment Trust (YNET) took over the management of what is now Rawcliffe Meadows at the request of the then National Rivers Authority (NRA) in 1990, so almost 3 decades of work have gone into transforming the once poached … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 1st August 2019

Don’t know if it was the leaden skies or the fact that it was Yorkshire Day but Mick felt like a lonely bunny as he took control of the thistle, docks and brambles making their way out of the Cricket … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 21st July 2019 New Meadow

Although we had intended to start on the New Meadow Tansy plants we took our shears to the Creeping Thistle that has suddenly sprouted along the southern bank of Blue Beck below the Copse. Pete, Richard, Ron, Fiona and Mick … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 4th July 2019

Having pulled and trampled Himalayan Balsam growing in patches around the Pond on the Wednesday with students from Bootham School in York, this Thursday’s work party was able to focus first on bringing some control to vegetation in the enclosure … Continue reading

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Clifton Ings Barrier Bank, SSSI Mitigation Strategy Version 2 (May 2019) – Objection from Friends of Rawcliffe Meadows

Introduction The above document has been submitted by the developer (the Environment Agency) as an addendum to their Environmental Statement (ES) for the Barrier Bank planning application. It contradicts some of the assertions made in the ES but it is … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Activities 2019 Second Half

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 6th June 2019

Another lovely evening to be working on the Meadows! This time around the main pond at the south of the site. Some years ago we noticed a tendency for various plants to encroach onto the Tansy clumps and if Cleavers … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party 7th June 6:30 pm onward at Pond

Just a quick reminder that we hope to be at the main Pond at the south of the site managing the competing vegetation around the Tansy plants there and along the nearby Ings Dyke. If you have any shears they … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 16th May 2019

For the first Thursday work party of 2019 we were tidying up around the bee bank in the Cornfield. There were just four of us, Judi, Mark A, Bill and Mick but on a cool but dry evening we got … Continue reading

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Rawcliffe Meadows Work Party Report 14th April 2019

On a dry but unseasonably cold and windy Sunday we gathered at the New Meadow to make an early start on reducing competition with the tansy plants that are in the enclosure around it. Judi, Masha, Pete, Mark and Julie, … Continue reading

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