Art in the Park with Calderdale Countryside Service

Join the Calderdale Countryside Service to produce some Art in the Park on Thursday 22 August, 10:30am-12:00pm at Shelf Hall Park, Shelf Hall Lane, Halifax HX3 7NT

Meet at 10:30am the Bridlestiles car park.

Enjoy a morning using natural materials to make your own artwork from colours to natural paints, water, mud and sculpture, there is something for every budding artist aged 3 and over.

£4 per child (£3 Passport to Leisure holders).

For further details please contact Chris on 077699 54956.

Countryside Newsletter and New Year Resolutions January 2019

To celebrate the New Year, the Council’s Countryside and Woodlands Team has come up with a special list of Countryside Resolutions to help everyone get involved with protecting, enjoying and loving the great outdoors. This is particularly relevant at this time because a key element of Calderdale Council’s Vision 2024 campaign is Kindness and that is very much reflected in the Countryside Resolutions outlined below.

  • Countryside Resolution 1: Get wet, muddy and fit – by volunteering with the Countryside Service!
  • Countryside Resolution 2: Learn a new skill
  • Countryside Resolution 3: Become a Hedgehog Champion
  • Countryside Resolution 4: Join a national, regional or local wildlife group
  • Countryside Resolution 5: Rescue a toad
  • Countryside Resolution 6: Carry out a wildlife survey
  • Countryside Resolution 7: Report your wildlife sightings
  • Countryside Resolution 8: Go for a wildlife walk
  • Countryside Resolution 9: Feed the birds in your garden
  • Countryside Resolution 10: Plant a wildlife hedgerow, put up a bird box or dig a pond

View the entire newsletter here.

They would love to get feedback from you, so let them know what you thought of the resolutions (particularly if you adopted one of the ideas) by e-mailing Countryside.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Once the mince pies have lost their appeal and the turkey is gone the one thing left to remind you of a good Christmas is your real tree. But what to do with it once the festive period is over and the needles are starting to drop? Have no fear as you can recycle your Christmas tree at Ogden Water. Each year Calderdale Countryside Services receive thousands of trees, some that have their roots cut off and others potted. No matter what the state of your tree they can use it.

Trees can be left outside the visitor centre/classroom and then a hardy bunch of volunteers work the trees, removing branches down one side and placing the cut trees into a brash layer surrounding the reservoir. This thick layer adds a dash of colour during January, but has a number of other advantages. The layer prevents anyone from accessing the water – helping to keep people safe while still enjoying the site. It also creates a habitat that is used by birds, mammals insects and plants to breed, grow and develop over the coming year.

Any trees that are donated with roots on are planted around the estate in areas that would benefit from wind protection or in need of thickening up with firs & pines. Trees can be dropped off until the end of January and there are a number of days planned for people to help put the trees out around the reservoir, for more details please email

Bats in the Belfry Nature Walk

Meet Calderdale Countryside & Woodland staff and a member of St. John’s Church, Coley (between Shelf & Hipperholme), on Tuesday 25 September, 7:15pm for a FREE walk to learn more about bats and nocturnal wildlife that live in the local area.

This is an outdoor session, including a short walk across fields with gates and stiles so torches and warm clothing are required.

Show Your Creative Photography on Calderdale Way at 40

It has been 40 years since the opening of  The Calderdale Way.

Photographers of all ages and experience levels are invited to enter the Calderdale Way’s 40th Birthday Photographic Competition but only 3 days left to take any new photographs and submit your others! Don’t worry though as any photographs  taken between 1 August 2017 and 31 August 2018 from the route of the Calderdale Way are eligible.

You have the chance to win a Family Day Pass to Shibden Hall and have your image showcased on the home page of!

The Calderdale Way is having a birthday party on 23rd September at Clay House in Greetland, the start point for the route. We’re looking for photographs that illustrate what makes the Calderdale Way such an amazing long distance walk!

Submit your photos via email to between the 1 and 31 August. No more than three photos per person, please. Photos must have been taken between 1 August 2017 and 31 August 2018 from the route of the Calderdale Way.

All entries will be displayed on the VisitCalderdale Flickr page.

The winning image will receive international exposure by being showcased on website and the VisitCalderdale Facebook and Twitter pages and also win a Family Ticket (2 adults and 3 concessions) to Shibden Hall.

Photos submitted will be judged by attendees at the birthday celebration event on 23 September.

Stream Dipping at Jerusalem Farm

Join Julie Swift and Phil Singh at Jerusalem Farm near Booth on Wednesday 8 August, 10:30am to learn about freshwater minibeasts. Wellies essential plus a change of trousers and socks! £3.40 per child (£2.40 for Passport to Leisure holders).

Tickets are going fast so book soon at Ticketsource.

Insect repellent recommended. No dogs please. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer and closely supervised whilst in the stream.

Family Gardening – Plant a Pot of Pleasing Plants

Related imageJoin Paul Marshall at the Jungle Experience, Manor Heath Park on Wednesday 1 August to plant up a container to take home with you. Cost £5 per container. Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!

Free help and planting advice given. Thin gloves may be needed when planting.

There are two sessions available at 10:30am or 1:00pm each lasting approximately 1½ hours.

Booking is essential at Ticketsource.

No dogs please.