Calling all volunteers for Castle Hill Litter Pick

We’re asking for volunteers to join us and help keep Castle Hill tidy. We’re expecting another busy summer season for our parks and green spaces and would like to thank everyone who helps to keep them clean and green so they can continue to be enjoyed by everyone.

When is it?

The litter pick is on Friday 14 June from 10am to 12noon.

Who can volunteer?

We always welcome anyone who wishes to come along and help to litter pick, even if it’s for only half an hour or so, you are very much welcome.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

We’ll provide gloves and litter pickers for you.

How do I get involved?

Anyone interested in taking part please contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger on 07870 570914 or email julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk

Castle Hill litter pick day

Castle Hill needs volunteers to pick litter following a busy winter season.

When is it?

The litter pick is on Friday 12 April from 10am to 12noon and is open to all. Gloves and litter pickers will be provided.

Castle Hill has welcomed nearly 13,000 visitors to Victoria Tower and its events since last Easter.

We’re expecting another busy season to begin at Easter and are encouraging everyone who can, to take part in the volunteer litter picks to help keep Castle Hill tidy.

How do I get involved?

Anyone interested in taking part please contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger on 07870 570914 or email julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk

Winter Solstice walk at Castle Hill

Castle Hill Ranger, Julian Brown is inviting people to join him for a ‘Winter Solstice Walk’ at sunrise on Friday 21 December to mark the longest night and shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

What is the Winter Solstice?

The Winter Solstice is the ancient belief that the sun stood still for 12 days in the middle of winter. A Yule log would be lit during this time to conquer the darkness and banish evil spirits and to welcome the rebirth of the sun and longer days and bring luck for the coming year.

How long is the walk?

The walk will be 5 miles and starts at 8 am from the car park at the top of Castle Hill in Almondbury, Huddersfield, and will last around three hours.

What do I need to bring?

Walkers will need good footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs. No dogs allowed except assistance dogs.

The walk is free but places must be booked in advance by contacting Julian on 07870 570914 for details.

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Castle Hill Litter Pick Day

Volunteers are invited to join The Castle Hill Ranger at a community litter pick on Friday 7th December from 10 am to 12 noon.

Castle Hill Ranger Julian Brown said;

“We always welcome anyone who wishes to come along and help even if it’s for only half an hour or so.  These volunteers are incredible in giving up their time to help clean up a much loved attraction and only spoilt by a few”.

Why do we need your help?

Recently litter picking has been undertaken by volunteers in the gorse vegetation area which caught fire due to the misuse of fireworks and despite a Public Space Protection Order being in place preventing the use of fireworks, lanterns, barbeques and fires.

Julian adds:

“Much of the litter that has been collected in this area includes pub drinking glasses, beer bottles and crisp packets. One crisp packet was from 1992 proving things do not rot. Although the fire was a terrible thing we have managed to get into an area that is usually thick with gorse and get this litter which goes back many years”.

Do I need to bring anything?

Gloves and litter pickers will be provided for volunteers. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger on 07870 570914

Want to know more about Castle Hill?

Visit our website.

 

Fireworks Safety Plans Put in Place for Castle Hill

As bonfire night once again approaches the problems associated with firework misuse become all the more apparent in particular for Huddersfield’s iconic landmark Castle Hill.

In view of this activity we, in partnership with Historic England and the police are looking at taking steps to help protect Castle Hill and people’s welfare around bonfire night.

What plans are to be put in place?

The Police are planning to patrol with a public order van to deter the use of fireworks in public spaces including Castle Hill on and around bonfire night.

There will be a Public Order under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 coming into force on 1st November 2018 which prohibits any person that may light a firework; or release a sky lantern or a helium filled balloon on all land owned by us, the National Trust and Yorkshire Water. Any person who fails to comply with a reasonable excuse may be issued with a fixed penalty notice not exceeding £75.00.

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Above: fireworks collected last year at Castle Hill

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member – Communities and Environment said:

“While we recognise that people wish to celebrate these dates but ask that the guidelines are adhered to, not only to protect people but also the significant environmental impact on the landscape.”

Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger commented,

“We thank those for heeding our warnings over the years not to light fireworks but sadly still 50 bin liners of fireworks and associated litter was collected in its immediate aftermath last year which is not acceptable.

It’s a wonder there have been no accidents up there or that we know of. Many onlookers think due to the number of fireworks that are let off on Castle Hill it has been a council event which I can assure everyone it isn’t”.

Why is this important?

Over the years we have asked people not to let off fireworks and had firework bans in place.  This is to help reduce wildlife disturbance, damage to the ancient monument and to help avoid injury to the public who irresponsibly let off fireworks in public open spaces including Castle Hill.

Setting off fireworks in public places is a criminal offence which prohibits throwing or setting off fireworks on any highway, street, thoroughfare or public place and is the responsibility of the police to tackle this type of anti-social behaviour. A public place is anywhere to which the public are entitled or permitted access and you can only buy fireworks (including sparklers) from registered sellers for private use.

Julian adds

“All we are asking is for people to think again as fireworks can cause real upset and a better option is to go to an organised firework event which is a much safer option for everyone”.

It is an offence to light fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am). It is also against the law to carry fireworks in public if you’re under 18.   Kirklees Council and the police will continue to work together in regards to firework misuse and can only stress the importance of being safe to enjoy fireworks on Bonfire Night.

For further information contact Julian Brown, Castle Hill Ranger, tel: 07870 570914, email:  julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk<mailto:julian.brown@kirklees.gov.uk>

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Places to visit for free during Heritage Open Days in September

Heritage Open Days (HOD) are England’s biggest festival of history and culture, involving over 40,000 volunteers. Each year in September, thousands of sites across the country invite you in to explore local treasures of every age, style and function, and many special events are held. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE. There’s lots going on in our area, see here for our highlights and follow the link to the website at the bottom of the article.

Check out the best view in Huddersfield at Castle Hill

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – 12 noon – 4.30pm

Perched on Castle Hill, Victoria Tower was completed in 1899 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. The cornerstone of the tower was laid on 25 June 1898. The tower was renovated in 1960 when the top seven feet were removed, and now reaches almost 997 feet above sea level. The site contains a diverse mosaic of wildlife habitats and, working with Natural England, Castle Hill is a designated Local Nature Reserve, and a Green Flag Award winner, 2018/19.

See objects from all over the world at Bagshaw Museum

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – 12 noon – 5pm

Immerse yourself in an atmospheric Egyptology gallery in a gothic mansion, where dramatic lighting effects help to recreate the interior of a tomb, and the ‘Gods, Divine Creatures and Mythical Beasts’ gallery, showcasing beautiful decorative arts from India, China, Africa and Japan.

Batley 150

Celebrate 150 years at Batley Town Hall

Saturday 8 September – 10am – 3pm

We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868. Come and share your ideas as we launch Batley 150 at Batley Town Hall. Enjoy exhibitions, displays, heritage tours and refreshments.

Go ‘behind the curtain’ at Huddersfield Town Hall

Huddersfield 150Friday 7 September – tours at 1.30pm and 3pm
Saturday 8 September – tours at 10am and 11.30am

Huddersfield gained its Royal Charter as a Borough in 1868, and the first meeting of the new Corporation was held on 7 September 1868. The Town Hall dates from 1875-81. Join us for an extensive and interesting tour.

Visit Beaumont Park and search for the secret grottos

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September – walk starts at 2.30pm

Visit our lovely Victorian Heritage Park and about how the park came into being, its formal opening and how it looked 135 years ago.

Go behind the scenes at Huddersfield Library

Thursday 6 September – tours start at 11am and 3pm

This Grade II listed building, designed by E.H. Ashburner, opened in 1940. The Art Gallery on the top floor of the building hosts ‘Perspectives: Aspects of the Kirklees Collection’, with major works from the collection. There will be 90 minute tours of the Library, including West Yorkshire Archives and areas (and material) normally closed to the public.

Get revved up for the Tolson Museum Historic Motorbike Show

Sunday 9 September – 11am-4pm

A wide range of new and classic motorbikes gather on the forecourt of Tolson Museum, organised by the Friends of Tolson & Ravensknowle. On display this year in the Museum for this event will be a ‘Panther Motorcycle’. Panthers were made in Cleckheaton and promoted as the ‘perfect motorcycle’. There will a be a variety of stalls and refreshments. The Museum itself offers fascinating collections reflecting Huddersfield’s past, from Bronze Age remains to the impact of the textile industry, and an innovative toddler trail.

Learn about the fascinating history of Greenhead Park

Friday 14  September – walk starts at 6pm

Greenhead Park is an attractive Grade II listed Victorian town park which has been restored to its former glory thanks to a multi-million pound Heritage Lottery funded project. An early evening guided walk (60 to 90 mins), starting at the Trinity Street gates, will visit the main features of the park and reveal its history.

For more information about Heritage Open Days visit the website.

 

We are taking a hard line on BBQs and bonfires at local landmarks

Following the recent grass fires and the expectation of further hot weather, we have brought into force a public space protection order (PSPO) which bans fires, fireworks, sky lanterns and BBQs in council and national trust owned parks and open spaces, including Castle Hill.

From Saturday 7 July enforcement officers will be patrolling the area around Castle Hill and in other parks to make sure people are abiding by the rules, and anyone found to be lighting a fire will have it extinguished and be given a fixed penalty notice of £75.Image of PSPO sign

Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“Bonfires and BBQs have always been banned in council parks and open spaces.  But the increased risk of fire and people continuing to ignore the signs means we have to enforce this for the safety of visitors, local residents and animals and other wildlife nearby.

Officers will also be looking out for people who drop litter, which is not only a disrespectful way to treat the natural environment but also a fire risk in itself

I would hope that no fines need to be issued, as I am sure most people who have seen the news will appreciate why we are taking a hard line.

I urge anyone visiting one or our fantastic parks and open spaces to please be respectful; don’t light fires and BBQs, or use Chinese lanterns or fireworks and leave the spaces as you found them by putting rubbish in a bin or taking it home with you.”

Residents are also asked to avoid leaving glass of any kind lying around as it can magnify the sun’s rays and cause a fire to start.

View the PSPO and maps of the areas covered.

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fireworks and lanterns ban at Castle Hill

Don’t forget that using fireworks and Chinese lanterns on council land is against the law.  This includes Huddersfield’s iconic landmark Castle Hill.

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It is  illegal to set off fireworks on any highway, street, or public place.  And, now a new local bylaw means it is also illegal to release Chinese lanterns on Castle Hill, or in any other council owned park.

Floating lanterns can be deadly for local wildlife, and livestock.  There have been a number of cases where animals have had to be put down,  due to parts of a lantern’s metal frame being digested and tearing through their internal organs.  Fireworks and lanterns can also damage buildings, and crops.

Last year the council collected 80 bin liners of fireworks and associated litter after bonfire night – despite asking people not to set off fireworks.

As it is a great vantage point over the surrounding area you can visit Castle Hill to watch firework displays taking place elsewhere.  However we are concerned that people putting on their own shows on the hill are putting other people at risk.

If this continues to be a problem,  in future, we may have no choice but to block vehicular access to the Hill during the period.