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Berrow Dunes

On Sunday 8th March we will being going to Berrow Dunes, just south of Weston-super-Mare. There we will be clearing sea-buckthorn by the beach. More information about Berrow Dunes can be found here. The cost for transport is £3.

If you would like to go please email Jess by 6:00pm on Sunday 1st March. Bear in mind places are limited so if the trip is oversubscribed people will be picked at random. You will be emailed to let you know if you have got a place. Note that you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).

Providence Plantation Taster Trip

Update: Despite the cold, rain and mud many brambles were cleared and a good time was had. Some of us headed to the pub for some warm food once we were back in town (lesson for next time – leave more time to get to the bus stop). We hope that everyone enjoyed the trip and we see you on others.


On Sunday 22nd February we will be running a taster trip to Providence Plantation. This trip is specifically aimed at non-members as it will provide an opportunity to get an idea of what we do first hand. This event is supported by UBU as part of the Richmond Building re-opening.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University near Long Ashton, just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £3 (£4.40 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess if you would like to come along.

If the trip is oversubscribed names will be picked out of a hat with non-members getting priority. You will be email to let you know if you have or have not got a place on the trip.

Leigh Woods

Update: The weather was bright and clear but chilly however we soon warmed up once we got to work felling trees complete with impressive falling tree sounds. Working on the muddy slopes could be tricky at times but by the end of the day we had cleared a good area and amounted impressive piles of wood. We enjoyed toasting marshmallow on the bonfire and headed to the pub afterwards. Definitely a great trip.


We will be running a trip to Leigh Woods on Sunday 8th February where we will be felling trees. We plan to have a bonfire and toasted marshmallows! These trips are on of our favourites so we recommend coming along.

We will be walking there across the suspension bridge so there is no cost. However to attend you do need to be a member (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!). Please email Jess by 6pm on Monday 2nd February if you wish to go. Places are limited and names will be picked from a hat if oversubscribed.

 

Boiling Wells City Farm

Update: The trip was a good start to the new year and the weather stayed clear. We helped clear some scrub and cut firewood ready for the farm’s festivities. Afterwards we headed to a nearby pub for a well earned rest, drink and chat.


The first trip of the year will be a great way to get outside and do something other than revision and coursework! On Sunday 25th January we will be going to Boiling Wells City Farm to help them prepare for their wassail.

If you would like to go please email Jess by 6 pm on Thursday 22nd January. As usual if oversubscribed names will be picked out of a hat and you will be informed if you have got a place or not. We will be walking there so there is not cost to this trip though you do need to be a BUCG member to attend (you can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!).

 

UBU Inter-Society Pub Quiz

Update: While we didn’t win, or come in the top ten teams we certainly did not do badly and most importantly we had fun. We ended up with two teams (one for each mascot – Molly and Fernando). Among the prizes we got to choose were duct tape and WD40 – both useful for our tools!


On Monday 15th December at 7:30 pm in the Anson rooms at the Union, UBU will be holding its annual inter-society pub quiz and BUCG are taking part!. Feel free to join us – the more people we have a the better the chance we have at winning! If there are lots of people we can split into separate teams (each society can have as many as they like).

It is £1 to enter and there will be free pizza! If you plan on coming please say so on the Facebook page so they can estimate how much pizza to order – it would be tragic if there was a pizza shortage!

Providence Plantation

Update: We cleared a reasonable area and had a tour of the woodland (including seeing some farm animals in a nearby garden and swinging on a rope swing). It was good last trip of the term.


The last trip before Christmas will be to Providence Plantation on Sunday 14th December. We will be scrub clearing to create space for a butterfly glade and undertaking path maintenance.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £2.80 (£4 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess by 5pm on Tuesday 9th December if you would like to come along. (Note that you must be a member of BUCG to attend this trip. You can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!) If the trip becomes oversubscribed names will be picked at random from a hat.

Christmas Dinner

Update: We had a great time and enjoyed good food and company as well as crackers complete with paper crowns and terrible jokes. The committee shared and opened their secret Santa gifts. It definitely felt like the Christmas season.


It time for our social highlight of the term – the annual BUCG Christmas dinner! 7:30 pm on Thursday 11th December heralds the beginning of a evening of fun, food and festivities at The Eldon House pub.

Two course meals are £18.50 and three courses are £23.50. If you would like to go please give a deposit of £10 and your menu choice to Jess or Emma who will be in the Refectory 12-1pm on Friday 5th and Monday the 8th December respectively.

Ice-Skating Social

Update: Even if we could not match the skill of IceSoc we still had fun skating around and then a more relaxed chat at the pub afterwards.


In keeping with this festive season we are having a joint social with IceSoc on the outdoor ice rink at @Bristol on Wednesdy 3rd December. Tickets are £5. The session is from 4:00 to 4:45 pm though we recommend getting there at 3:45 pm to hire skates.

Alfrick Weekend

Update: We enjoyed fine weather, Annette’s amazing home-made food for lunch and fun and games in the Village hall at night. The first day was mostly brush clearance while the second day we were coppicing and felling trees. Definitely the best trip of the year so far.


On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November we will be going on our annual residential trip to Alfrick, a village near the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. We will be working on Ravenshill Woodland Reserve run by Trevor and Annette. BUCG has been visiting this reserve for many years and is definitely on of the best trips each year. Typical tasks are scrub clearance, path maintenance, coppicing and tree felling.

We will travel there by car and minibus on Saturday morning. We will stay overnight in the village hall with dinner at a local pub beforehand and then return to Bristol on the Sunday afternoon. Please email Jess with you choice of dinner from the pub menu which can be found here.

The price for the trip is £15 which includes travel, accommodation, breakfast and refreshments – definitely well worth it! Since the trip tends to be very popular it may be the case that there is not enough room for everyone to go. In that case Jess will pick people at random from a hat. Email Jess if you would like to go on what is sure to be a great trip.

Providence Plantation

Update: The weather was clear and crisp and the autumnal foliage was providing a colourful display. We got a good amount of bramble cleared as well as fitting in a tour of the woods.


On Sunday 23rd November we will be heading to Providence Plantation to do some coppicing and path maintenance.

Providence Plantation is a piece of woodland owned by the University just outside of Bristol. It is an ongoing project for BUCG and UBU.

To get the we will be travelling by bus from Bristol bus station so be sure to bring money for the bus fare. A student day ticket is £2.80 (£4 without discount). The event itself is free. Please email Jess if you would like to come along. (Note that you must be a member of BUCG to attend this trip. You can join at our UBU page. It’s only £5 for the year!)