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    June 2016


    eBulletin June 2016

    Oakwood Farmers’ Market

    Come to the Oakwood clock this Saturday, 18th June 9am to 12:30pm for the stalls, the company and the cake (let’s face it there is always cake).

    The stalls are genuinely local and the stall holders are also the actual producers, which means you can find out a bit more about how the food is produced or how you might serve it.

    The market is community run and not for profit. Email us or come and have a chat, if you want to get involved or have an idea for the market. We always want to welcome new team members so don’t be shy – come and chat to us in the hi vis jackets!

    Regular stall holders include fresh bread, organic meat, bacon, gammon and highland beef, fresh fish (occasional lobster and crab), huge variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, cheese and butter, pies and pastries, soups and sauces, juice and preserves.

    Guest Stalls this month include:
    Fresh, Italian Cuisine – Mario Olianas

    Strawberries and Asparagus – Woodside Farm Fruits

    Melt in the Mouth Marshmallows – Art of Mallow

    Local Cured Salami – Reliance
    Gusto Italiano
    Doesn’t sound very local, but after 15 years living here it feels like home. Ask him about his cookery clases.

    Woodside Farm Fruits
    Normally a ‘pick you own’ farm, but today they’ve picked it for you! If you fancy a visit, they’re close to Yorvale Ice Creams in York.

    Art of Mallow
    Just discovered that toasting these beauties only improves them. Nice end to a BBQ or addition to a campfire. Perfect roasting instructions.

    Charcuterie – The Reliance
    Britain is taking back the crown for excellence in curing meats and The Reliance are doing it in style. Go and have a try, with some fresh bread – Little treat. Add a bit to a fish dish – Fine Dining. See more about British charcuterie heritage.

    Artists and Craft workers
    Each month a different artist or craft worker will attend the market to share their passion. This month we have Margaret from The Braid Society. They cover everything from loop manipulation to hair braiding. Come along and maybe discover a new hobby!

    REAP Garden Group

    Launch of Greening Grey Britain in Roundhay

    Walking around many parts of Roundhay you may have noticed that many of our front gardens are disappearing. Trees and shrubs are being grubbed out and green spaces that once housed urban wildlife are being concreted over.

    Nationally a survey in 2015 revealed that three times as many front gardens in Britain are now paved over compared to ten years ago, a total increase of 15 square miles of ‘grey’, and that plant cover in front gardens has decreased by as much as 15%. Over five million front gardens now have no plants growing in them (that’s one in three for the UK) and four and a half million front gardens (one in four) are completely paved over, often to provide parking for several cars.

    The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has launched a campaign, Greening Grey Britain, following evidence of this alarming trend of Britain. They recognise that many people want to have a hard surface in their front garden to park on, and have demonstrated that, with good garden design, there are lots of ways to achieve this with minimal environmental impact.

    We in REAP are adopting the Greening Grey Britain call to action to raise awareness of the extent of this trend and the resulting harmful environmental impact. We believe it is vital to reverse this trend for our residents’ health, for wildlife, to help mitigate pollution and heat waves, and contribute to protecting shops and homes in Leeds from flooding.

    Come along to the REAP stall at the Oakwood Farmers’ Market on June 18 and hear more about this trend, what the impacts are, and what we all can do to help Green Grey Britain.
    Roundhay Open Gardens Sunday 26 June 1 – 5pm

    16 gardens will be open to the public.  Come along for ideas for your garden or just to see what your neighbours are growing.  Route maps with garden descriptions are now available.  Pick one up at this month’s Farmers’ Market, in local shops, libraries and churches around Roundhay or download one. The gardens are open to raise money for St Gemma’s Hospice.  Make one donation in your first garden and then visit all the others.  Refreshments are available en route.  Join our growing community!


    Our Oakwood Community Edible Bed is going to be even better this Spring.  Remember, the plants are all edible – either leaf, shoot, root or fruit.  Before picking, just check the label by that plant invites you to do so. Some of our plants will take a few weeks before they are ready to harvest.
    Information Stalls

    The REAP stall has information about Roundhay Environmental Action Project.


    The Roundhay Live Stall is hosted this month by Leeds Cycling Campaign. After the excitement of the ITU World Triathlon and our roads being cleared for two wheels and two feet, come and talk to these guys who are working for everyday improvements for cyclists.
    The market dates for 2016 are as follows 18th June, 16th July, 20th August, 17th September, 15th October, 19th November, 17th December
    You can downlown the leaflet at

    Green Tips for June
    Try the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) green tips
    Annual Friends Gledhow Valley Wood (FGVW) Family Fun Day*

    Saturday 18 June 2016 (1.30-5pm) – that’s same day as the market

    The event will be held on the grassland area adjacent to Gledhow Valley Road and Allerton Grange Way.


    The event brings local people together for an afternoon of fun, activities and entertainment focussing on the local woodland and the plants and wildlife that live there.


    Fun Day Activities include:

    Animal visitors from Morley Exotic Animal Rescue

    Live music from Corpus Christie Brass Band and Bassa Bassa

    Talon Falconry birds of prey

    Children’s Magic Show from Jonty the Magician

    The Conservation Volunteers

    Bees and beekeeping, Plant sale, Book stall, Face painting, Parachute games, Circus skills, Grand raffle, Tin Can Alley, Firefighters, Clay modelling, Bird box making, Start birdwatching and Home-made refreshments

    Find out what the Friends are doing to enhance your local woodland

    FGVW gift stall including coasters, mugs, postcards, greetings cards, badges
    Bird Fair in Leeds*

    The first Leeds Birdfair on Saturday 25th June 2016 will be held at Rodley Nature Reserve, Moss Bridge Road, Leeds LS13 1HP from 9:30am to 4pm.
    Many conservation organisations, local groups and businesses will be attending and there’s a reserved gazebo and table for the ‘Friends’ groups in Leeds. It’s very important that your groups have a presence at the Birdfair to promote the work that is done by all of you. You’ll be able to display leaflets on the stall to highlight your group and promote wildlife events.

    As part of the event, we’ll be running a series of outdoor events and indoor talks.
    If you would like to get involved contact Linda from Rodley Nature Reserve or call Linda on 07778 768719
    Events in Roundhay Park*
    Once again, thanks to the Friends of Roundhay Park for this monthly round-up of events in the park.

    To receive the monthly round-up of events that John Ferguson compiles for FoRP, contact:

    The REAP eBulletin is produced by Judy Summerhill and Kari Walker for REAP members and anyone else interested in local, community and environmental issues in Roundhay and more widely. Please let us know if you come across anything local and/or environmental that you think we should include.

    To find out more about REAP and the other work we do in the community, go to or email us at

    If you are not yet a member of REAP, there is an application form on the website.

    *These events are not organised by REAP

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