For Working Parties in Weston Woods, please click here.

Table Top Trail in Menston

MANT are holding a Table Top Trail around the village on Saturday 13th July 2024 – click here for details.

Working Parties:

June – Worm Charming!

Come and discover the delights of Worm Charming! A special working party for Father’s Day – take part in some serious Citizen Science and help survey the health of our soil.

Soil is the unsung hero of all nature, and hence, everything we rely on. By counting the number of worms in a 1m x 1m square we can get an accurate indication of the state of the soil beneath. We will repeat this survey annually to build up a picture of how nature restoration is affecting soil health.

No digging required – just come along armed with a garden fork, garden shears if possible, and a tape measure, or 2 x 1 metre long sticks. Meet in Miss Porritt’s field at 2pm Sunday 16th June 2024.

Balsam Bashing Working Party

Our hard work has been making a difference to the amount of Himalayan Balsam in High Royds. This year’s Bashing (well, pulling up) will take place on Saturday 29th June at 2pm. Venue Corner of Menston Drive and Menston Park.

August Working Party

Our annual wildflower seed collection will take place on Sunday 25th August at 2pm. Venue Large tree in field to south of Guiseley Drive, High Royds.

September Working Party

Once again, we will be sowing all the wildflower seeds we collected in August, and potting on any from last year, for planting out in wild areas in the future. Sunday 22nd September at 2pm. Venue Willow Dene, Bradford Road, Menston LS29 6ED. Do not park in the Fox carpark!

Bird Walks

Bird walks are changing to a seasonal event. The next bird walk will be shown here, when it has been arranged.

Scything Event

We are hoping to hold a Scything workshop in Miss Porritt’s field towards the end of June – watch this space, and contact us at if you are interested in attending.

Previous Working Parties

March Working Party

A dent was made in the tree guard population in High Royds on Sunday 12th March. There are still thousands on site, but at least a few trees can grow more freely now! Thanks to all who helped.

Bird Box making workshop

Even excessive heat and punishing sunshine didn’t deter a sizable group of seed collectors in August. Much Yellow Rattle was gathered, and many other useful wildflowers. Thanks to all who braved the conditions, and have since been cleaning and storing the seeds ready for sowing later this autumn.

These seeds have now been lovingly sown into pots to grow as plug plants for planting out at a later date.

The third working party found several people potting on wild flowers, for planting in Miss Porritt’s (or elsewhere) next spring.

Balsam Bashing in High Royds proved to be an enjoyable, if hot afternoon. Thank you to all who came and helped. It is certainly worthwhile removing the plant while the infestation is still at a manageable level.

Our first and second working parties successfully demolished some old fencing in Miss Porritt’s field. Great work all round. And found two frogs happy in a corner.

Releasing the tree
Team work
A rare species of wildlife!
Rescuing a resident

Bird Walks

MANT Bird Walks continue on Thursday 18th August. As usual, Meet outside Kirklands at 9am for a 9:10am departure. The walk will take about an hour, and will end near the Cornerstone Cafe. Bring binoculars, if you have them, and enthusiasm, but please, no dogs, as they tend to scare the birds off.

The first MANT Bird Walk happened on Thursday 21st July. Much enjoyed by all who attended.

Dunnock Photo Andrew Kelly

If possible, please email to say you are coming.

Miss Porritt’s Jubilee Picnic

Saturday 4th June 12-4pm, in Miss Porritt’s Field – FREE

Take a break from all the loud celebrations and come and relax in the wild surroundings of Miss Porritt’s Field in the centre of Menston. Bring your own picnic and drink and see how many different creepy crawlies or wild flowers you can find.

Future Meetings:

Our first General Meeting was held on 3rd February 2022 7:30pm via Zoom. The date of the next General Meeting is yet to be decided.

Future Events: