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Bilton Conservation Group was founded by local residents on 19th May 1982 to protect and maintain the rural environment of this, the oldest part of Harrogate.

Scouts give a helping hand in cleaning up the nidderdale greenway

A major clean up by local scouts resulted in nearly 40 black bin bags of rubbish being collected from a popular footpath.

The Harrogate and Nidderdale District Scouts Association helped the Bilton conservation Group to clear rubbish from the Greenway near Ripley Castle.

Balsam Bash - Saturday 8th August

Over the past 4 years we have organised balsam bashing sessions at Grange Quarry, Skipton Road. The hard work is starting to pay off with a noticeable increase in native flora, bees and butterflies.

We have organised another session to be held on Saturday 8 August

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What a difference a Balsam Bash makes!

Over the past four years volunteers from Bilton Conservation Group have spent time pulling out Himalayan Balsam, at Grange Quarry. Grange Quarry is situated off Skipton Road behind Pets at Home.

The Sex Life of Pteridophytes

Let us venture back to the Palaeozoic Era (about 570 million years ago), at the start of which plant life began. These simple plants were limited to algae which gradually evolved into non-flowering plants.