Working Groups

Our working groups meet on a regular basis to agree and carry out tasks designed over the longer term to deliver our agenda.  Membership is open to all.  Please use contact form  for more information, especially offers of help!

1 Housing and environment scrutiny group (Jan Hindle and Jane Winter)

A number of sites in and around the village have been proposed for housing by land-owners and developers.  These sites can be seen on this map .  Our current tasks are:

(i) Preparing case files for each site using archive and modern survey data that describe their landscape, wildlife and heritage value as a contribution to the Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan update can be seen here

(ii) Preparing a landscape character assessment of the village

(iii) Surveying each site over the course of a seasonal cycle to document their populations of wildflowers, trees, fungi, butterflies, birds and other wildlife threatened by potential housing

1 (iv) Seeking residents’ views on Addingham’s green spaces (see map) as part of the consultations for the Neighbourhood Plan. The NP Forum and Civic Society Environment Group have sought resident’s views on Addingham’s green spaces, including how they could be improved for people and wildlife.  Over 100 people responded to the questionnaire  - many thanks to all those who took part.

The full green spaces survey results can be seen HERE.

2  Sustainable Housing (Richard Walton)

Mitigating and adapting to climate change requires householders to conserve energy, adopt renewable energy sources, promote waste recycling and control water usage and runoff. Our current tasks are:

(i) Monitoring planning applications for housing in the village with respect to energy efficiency and environmental standards

(ii) Conducting a survey of householders in the village already using renewable energy sources, especially solar panels.  The questionnaire can be seen here and Initial results can be seen here

(iii) Using a Government designed questionnaire to assess residents’ attitudes towards energy and climate change .  The objective is to compare Addingham attitudes with those held nationally

(iv) Conducting a litter-picking exercise in the village (next on April 29th  2017) not only to improve the appearance of the village but also to identify different categories of litter and highlight the importance of re-cycling waste

(v) Exploring together with the Civic Society’s Planning Group the extent to which Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) can be implemented in the village to reduce runoff and protect surface waters from pollution

3 Biodiversity (Stuart Tomlinson, Peter Miller and Daniel Ross)

Our village contains an abundance of wildlife in many different habitats from the heather moorlands to the south and the River Wharfe to the north.  Nevertheless our wildlife is threatened by many aspects of human activity including housing development, pollution, land-use change, invasive species and climate change.  Our objective is to document how and why our wildlife populations are changing and to implement practical schemes to protect and, where possible, enhance them.  We will record our observations using the West Yorkshire Ecology Services protocols and send in our data both to them and via local recorders to the Wharfedale Naturalists Society.  It is also our intention to generate species distribution maps within the parish using open source GIS software.

Our current projects are:

(i) Wildflowers (Stuart Tomlinson).  In common with many communities up and down the country we are urging local land-owners to alter grass cutting regimes to encourage wildflower populations and increase the abundance of pollinating insects.  Discussions are being held with the Parish Council, St Peter’s Church and Bracken Ghyll Golf Club.

(ii) Trees and hedgerows (Nicky Vernon and Heather Burrow). We are carrying out a census of notable trees in the village including those with Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) and those worthy of being designated.  A village map of trees and groups of trees with TPOs can be seen here.  We also hope, together with the Allotments and Garden Association, to start collecting and germinating seeds from local trees before planting out in the village

(iii) Priority and invasive species (Peter Miller). Although we are concerned with all species, we are especially concerned with those that need to be protected (priority species, such as curlew) and those that need to be controlled or eradicated (non-native invasive species, such as Himalayan balsam).  We aim to build up an improved knowledge of the former through our regular surveys and sightings and control the latter through direct practical action using our volunteers.

(iv) Birds and butterflies (Diane Morris and Chris Acomb).   Our bird and butterfly populations vary through the year and from year to year making it difficult to detect trends unless good records are kept over a long period of time.  Consequently we are accessing data from the West Yorkshire Ecology Service and other organisations for past records and we are intending to carry out our own standard monthly surveys to generate our own records and build up a long-term picture of the status of our local populations.  Our volunteer recorders are each covering different parts of the parish and we are inviting village residents to contribute records from their garden bird surveys.

(v) Becks, ponds and the River Wharfe (Rick Battarbee).  Our running waters are not only conduits that drain the land but important biodiverse habitats in their own right supporting populations of plants, invertebrate animals, fish and bird populations.  They also act as wildlife corridors both along the Wharfe and between the Wharfe and its tributary becks.  Although less polluted than in the past our becks, especially those running through the village itself, are very heavily modified. We have conducted an initial survey of the becks with the help of the Wild Trout Trust and we are in discussion with the Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust about the possibility of designing a catchment-based management plan for Addingham that combines the need for natural flood protection as well as freshwater habitat improvement.

4 Geodiversity (Will Varley)

Although the solid rocks that underlie our soils or are exposed on the Moorside all belong to the same geological period, the Carboniferous period, their history, diversity, use and role in determining the character of our landscape and the nature of our soil and vegetation patterns is often ignored.  The superficial deposits that lie on top, left behind by the melting of the last ice sheet, are often equally disregarded. Our task is an educational one, to make local residents more aware of our geological heritage through the creation of a geological trail within the parish and through material presented on this website (eventually).

5 Environmental Walks (Jonathan White, Don Barrett and Will Varley)

A number of environmental walks are either being revised or newly created by our walks group.  Those currently available can be down-loaded here.  All walks use public footpaths that are recognised rights of way (ROW) maintained by Bradford Council’s Department of Place.  Jonathan White has the authority to position way marks as necessary along the footpath network.  Comments on existing walks, including supplementary information that can be added to the website, are always welcome via the Contact Form.

6 Website and gallery (Don Barrett and Jenny Collins)

This website is designed and managed by Don Barrett and Jenny Collins following the guidance of the environment group steering committee. Corrections and suggestions for changes or additions are always welcome via the Contact Form.

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