Castle Gateway Public Consultation summary goes online

The My Castle Gateway project on the development of York’s “Castle Gateway” area has published online an “open draft project brief”, based on a round of consultation activities during the summer.   There’s lots in the document about opening up the River Foss in the Castle area for public enjoyment that many RFS members will wholeheartedly welcome.  Why not have a … Read More

Have you seen any dead fish recently?

We’ve had half a dozen reports of dead fish, some quite big as in the photo below, found just above the water level following the very heavy rainstorms during the last couple of weeks. Have you seen any? If so please let us know how many, where and when. Again, if you see any in the future, please tell us. … Read More

Share your memories of the Boxing Day 2015 floods

Do you have a personal story to tell about your experience of the Boxing Day floods of 2015?   If so, why not share it with York Archaeological Trust’s new oral history project, Waterproof Memories? Here is the link to their blog site: Waterproof Memories

Eighteen months after the floods, long term resilience plans get under way

On Friday 2nd June, The Press returned to the topic of the Boxing Day 2015 floods with an article about how the affected residents and businesses are faring today. http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15323421.Flood_victims_still_counting_the_cost/?ref=arc Reporter Mike Laycock based his story of how flood victims are still counting the cost – financial and emotional – almost 18 months after their homes were inundated, on a … Read More

Castle Gateway starts to open?

City of York Council plans for regeneration of the Castle / Piccadilly area  – a project now renamed “Castle Gateway”, certainly an improvement on the previous unmemorable “Southern Gateway” title – seem to be slowly getting underway.   Two planning applications have so far been submitted for the area.   One of these – the Spark York plan for temporary fast food … Read More

Flood Alleviation in Pickering

A small group from River Foss Society visited the Pickering Flood Alleviation Scheme on 4 May. We were welcomed and given an excellent talk and tour by Philip Roe, Area Forester for the Yorkshire Forest District of the Forestry Commission, for a very informative and enjoyable day. The glorious weather only added to it! We began with a briefing explaining … Read More

Huntington and Buglife’s Urban Buzz

Huntington has some fantastic green spaces and the Parish Council are always looking for ways to better manage them for the benefit of local residents. The Council is currently working with Buglife’s Urban Buzz project to identify areas that could be enhanced to assist some of Huntington’s smaller residents – insect pollinators. Over recent years there has been a huge … Read More

Have you heard a Cuckoo?

                                                                       Since 2011 the British Trust for Ornithology has been satellite-tracking Cuckoos to find out why we have lost almost two thirds of our population of these iconic birds in the last 20 years. We have found out a lot about their migration, but much remains still to be discovered. To date we have tagged over 50 birds, all … Read More