Readers should note that we(Bilton Conservation Group) are aware that this is/was commercial conifer planting (circa 1929) which had reached maturity.
Chairman Warren Considine reviewed the year starting with conferring Life Membership to Alan and Sue Hughes whose 30 years involvement had encompassed everything from active conservation to managing newsletters and membership.
On Saturday 10th October 2015 at 2.00pm. It would be appreciated if as many members as possible attend this most important AGM.
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.
Tom dwarfed by the balsam at Grange Quarry. Saturday 8 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
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.
A small group of volunteers will be supporting HBC Countryside Ranger Sam Walker on the next stage of reconstruction.
In 1999 the conservation group decided to celebrate the new millennium by creating a 220 metre permissive footpath from Willow Wood, behind Tennyson Avenue, Bilton to link with the old abandoned mainline railway (now the ‘Nidderdale Greenway’).
It has been over 40 years since it was possible (although probably illegal) to walk from Bilton across the Nidd Viaduct and along the disused Pateley Bridge railway line to Ripley.