Milner Field Farm Campaign Makes a Big Media Splash!

Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s highly successful Milner Field farm protest!

Yesterday’s event made a real media splash, and there has been significant local news coverage of the ongoing campaign surrounding Milner Field. Not only has this received a comprehensive write-up in the Telegraph and Argus but the campaign was also covered on yesterday’s edition of Look North!

Most of the coverage to data appears to be very sympathetic and favourable on behalf of those who wish to see a dairy farm remain at Milner Field. So we can only hope that the council will acknowledge the strong feelings felt locally towards this scheme and deny planning permission accordingly.

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15th Anniversary of Saltaire World Heritage Site Designation, 3rd December, Milner Field Farm.

To folk who are (or might be) interested in the Milner Field Farm planning applications

On behalf of Stella and David Downs, may I extend a warm invitation to join us at Milner Field Farm on Saturday 3 December between 10.30 and 12 midday.

This event is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of Saltaire as a World Heritage Site. We are delighted to tell you that we will be joined by Nick Salt and Jamie Roberts. Just in case you don’t know, Nick and Jamie are, respectively,  direct descendants of the founder of Saltaire and the builder of the farm, and the ‘Second Lord of Saltaire’ who lived in the mansion and oversaw the farm.

We are especially delighted they will be present because they are about to submit an impressive letter of objection to the planning applications that would see the farm’s demise.

We’ll be joined by Jamie’s alpacas and by the Telegraph and Argus who plan a photoshoot at around 11.00.

Just a couple of words of warning… There will be no parking at the farm itself, and whilst we will be on hard standing (and undercover if it’s wet), this is a working farm so sensible footwear is advised.

Les Brook

working voluntarily to protect Milner Field Farm, a precious heritage asset


PS You may have come across those Soviet-style election results in which the turnout was 107% of the electorate or the like. Well, Milner Field boasts something similar but not fake. What a pity planning applications are not decided on the public vote. Public rejection of the applications has been overwhelming (BMDC planning dept official figures, correct at c17.00 on 18.11.2016).

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Bulb Planting Event Update

The Friends would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning to attend our Roberts Park bulb planting event. The weather earlier that morning was atrocious – but Bradford folk are made of tough stuff, and fortunately this wasn’t enough to keep away our hardy volunteers!

Ably guided by Dan from the BMDC Parks’ Service, the Friends planted two large sacks of bulbs under a beech tree in the park itself, and we were rewarded with a two hour window of clear weather for our efforts!

Anyway, here are some photos from the event itself. The plan is that this will be the first of many such similar events in the future, so watch this space for further details.

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AGM Update

Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM last Wednesday. The Friends have had an action-packed 2016, and so far 2017 is already shaping up to be another busy year in the park!

  • The ongoing park wildlife survey continues, in collaboration with Bradford Urban Wildlife Group. have received valuable guidance about how we can maximise park biodiversity.
  • The park outside toilets were damaged in last year’s floods and have yet to reopen properly. This issue was discussed at some length. We now believe that this will now be resolved by the Spring, which represents progress. Sadly there is still no news about when the cafe is likely to re-open.
  • Once again we will have World Heritage Weekend in the park in April 2017 with FoRP taking the lead with organising the event programme within the park itself.
  • Many people may not be aware, but a fixture in Roberts Park for many years were a pair of naval guns installed on either side of the bandstand. As part of the ongoing park restoration plans Ian our park manager has managed to locate some suitable replacements that we hope could one day be installed in the park. Although there remains much work still to do here this is obviously very exciting news! We hope that this will build upon the existing urn installation work completed this year by the council.
  • FoRP committee positions have been decided for another year, and these are as follows:
    Lesley Brook – Chair
    Stephen Ellwood – Treasurer
    David Brazendale – Secretary

    Lastly, we would like to thank everyone in Saltaire who has lent us their support over the last year.

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Roberts Park Bulb Planting Event, 19th November, 10am

Hi Everyone,

In what we hope will be the first of many similar such events the Friends have been offered the opportunity to do some Winter bulb planting within Roberts Park on the 19th November.

We will meet at the Park Lodge near the adventure playground at 10am before proceeding onwards to the flowerbeds shortly afterwards. All bulbs and gardening equipment will be provided, and naturally everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Please do watch this space for news of future hands-on events in the park, in particular we hope to announce soon plans to overhaul an area of the park and to turn this into a dedicated wildlife habitat. More news soon!

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Guided Tour of Cliffe Castle Park Renovations

As some of our regular readers may already be aware, Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley is currently undergoing Lottery funded renovations and will be greatly revamped in the not too distant future!

To celebrate this, Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group have organised a guided tour of the Heritage Lottery funded restoration work. Attached is a poster giving details of this event which may be of interest to some of our regular readers here.

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