BCV: the first 25 years 1993 – 2018

Burton Conservation Volunteers was formed in February 1993.  Here is a selection of pictures to illustrate the wide range of projects from our first 25 years.

May 1993 The very first BCV task: a new fence at Branston Water Park
Aug 1993 Battlestead Hill steps
Mar 1994 Tree planting at Branston Golf Club
Sep 1994 Coppicing at Catton Park
Apr 1995 Catton Park bluebell wood
Apr 1995 School pond, St Modwens
Nov 1995 Jinnie Trail
Mar 1996 New wildflower meadow at Branston Water Park
Jun 1996 Pond-dipping, Jinnie Trail
Dec 1996 Woodland plantation of 800 trees at Branston Golf Club, now a mature woodland
Apr 1997 A new bench at Branston Golf Club
Aug 1997 Archaeological dig at Chedworth Roman Villa
Dec 1997 Reed bed, Branston Water Park
Feb 1998 Reed clearance, Trent Washlands
Mar 1998 Brizlincote pond
Jul 1999 Uttoxeter bridge building
Sep 1999 National Trust working weekend at Croome Park
Feb 2000 Revetment at Branston Water Park
Mar 2000 A second woodland plantation at Branston Golf Club
Jun 2001 Bird screen, Branston Water Park
Dec 2001 Croxall Lakes
Aug 2002 Bank reinforcements, Trent Washlands
Apr 2003 Replacing a stile on a footpath near Rolleston-on-Dove
Jul 2003 Bridge, Burton Mail Woodland on Trent Washlands
Mar 2004 Coir rolls at Branston Water Park
Mar 2004 Mulching – a National Trust working weekend at Fountains Abbey
Jun 2004 West Highland Way walk
Aug 2004 A new gate at Severn Valley Country Park
Aug 2004 Walton Hall garden
May 2005 Building a new pathway and steps at Hardcastle Crags, Yorkshire
Sep 2005 Monk’s Walk garden restoration, Lichfield
May 2006 Canoeing down the River Wye
Jul 2006 Building a new pond platform at Severn Valley Country Park
Aug 2006 A new flight of steps up to Jerusalem Hill near Yoxall
Nov 2006 A new bridge at Yoxall Lodge
Nov 2006 A new sensory garden at Saxon Hill School, Lichfield
Feb 2007 Weaving a natural willow screen at Upper Mills Farm
Apr 2007 The big bridge at Yoxall Lodge
Jan 2008 Hedge-planting at Morrey
Aug 2008 The BCV allotment
Aug 2009 Clearing reeds from Foxley Wood pond at Linton
Sep 2009 Silverway Channel, Trent Washlands
Oct 2009 Cider-making at Broome Farm, Herefordshire
Nov 2009 Tern raft at Fradley Junction reservoir
Mar 2010 Positioning a new bridge at Newborough
May 2010 Reed planting on Croxall Lakes
May 2010 BCV’s annual Washlands to Walton Walk (part of the National Forest Walking Festival)
Jun 2010 Himalayan Balsam clearance from the River Mease
Nov 2010 Paget School community orchard
Dec 2010 Hedge-laying at entrance to Burton Mail Woodland off Watson Street
Feb 2011 Extracting reeds from scrapes, Branston Water Park
Oct 2011 A newly-laid hedge at Broome Farm
Oct 2011 Apple Day at Branston Water Park
Oct 2011 Reap What You Sow project, Trent Washlands
Nov 2011 New fruit trees and cattle-proof fencing, Trent Washlands
Jan 2012 Tool talk
Mar 2012 Hedge-laying at Darnford Park, Lichfield
Aug 2012 Hay-raking at Broad Meadow, Tamworth
Nov 2012 Reinstating a stream bed at Burley Brook, Allestree Park
Jan 2013 New Year walk, Carver’s Rocks SSSI
Feb 2013 Binding a hedge at Tatenhill
Mar 2013 A bench at Rosliston Forestry Centre in memory of Shelley, a former Treasurer of BCV
Apr 2013 Constructing a stile on a footpath near Rolleston-on-Dove
Mar 2014 A garden project at Springfield Junior School, Swadlincote
May 2014 Laying a wheelchair-friendly path at a special-needs college in Lancashire
May 2014 BCV’s Washlands to Walton walk for the National Forest Walking Festival
Jul 2014 Thornton Reservoir on the National Forest Way
Mar 2015 Planting bluebells at Branston Leas
Nov 2015 Heathland management on a SSSI near Chasewater
Jan 2016 Hedgelaying along the canal at Bromley Wharf
Oct 2016 Willow weaving at Broome Cider Farm, Herefordshire
Apr 2017 Clearing the watercourse at Barton Blount Hall
May 2017 A walk through Burton Mail Woodlands
Jun 2017 A camping week in Exmoor including a walk via Tarr Steps
Sep 2017 Clearing a pond at Kedleston Hall
Oct 2017 Installing a bench at White Lady Wood, Castle Gresley
Feb 2018 Celebrating BCV’s 25th anniversary
Feb 2018 Planting 25 fruit trees to mark BCV’s 25 years