Category Archives: Reports

This area will contain articles such as the report for the year, reports on general progress of particular topics and things of general interest to Friends of Baildon Moor.

Baildon Hill Geology Report

On Saturday 10 August 2013 Alison Tymon of the Yorkshire Geology trust led a geology walk on the moor. She described the 300 million year old Carboniferous rocks of Baildon Hill. We started from the Eaves quarry where good quality millstone grit was quarried for local building. Members of the Riches of the Earth project added their knowledge of the coal mining , clay and ganister extraction across the moor. Alison explained the formation of these rocks and minerals. Fifteen people attended and learnt a lot . Fossils found were Dunberrella and goniatites, ancestors of ammonites, and tree fossils.

There is a Geology Report about Baildon Hill that was written by Parissa Ghaznavi and Alison Tymon. You can download and read a copy using this link – Baildon Hill Geology Report PDF

Sconce path to Fawether Cabins consultation

Friends of Baildon Moor are investigating possible improvements to the access from the Sconce Path to near the Fawther Cabins. The document below gives details of this. Click on the “Open in New Window” icon to view the document on your screen.

Friends of Baildon Moor welcome your comments on this subject. You can use the comment section below, you can email or use our FaceBook page.

We will be using all the comments to formulate our final plans soon after the public meeting on 14 May.

Click this link to view the consultation document PDF

Chalara dieback of ash

Common ash will be found in the Glen & our other woods. Most of our moorland ash trees are rowan (not common ash) and have naturally seeded locally but it is possible these could be effected too.

The text below is taken directly from the Forestry Commision website here.

If you want to read more there are some links in the article below or try:- Woodland Trust

Chalara dieback of ash (Chalara fraxinea)


Chalara dieback of ash is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death.

Outbreak stage

Ash trees suffering with C. fraxinea infection have  been found widely across Europe since trees now believed to have been infected with this newly identified pathogen were reported dying in large numbers in Poland in 1992. These have included forest trees, trees in urban areas such as parks and gardens, and also young trees in nurseries.

In February 2012 it was found in a consignment of infected trees sent from a nursery in the Netherlands to a nursery in Buckinghamshire, England. Since then it has been found in a number of locations and situations in England and Scotland, including a car park in Leicester; a Forestry Commission Scotland woodland at Knockmountain, near Kilmacolm, west of Glasgow; a college campus in South Yorkshire; and a property in County Durham. All these sites had received stocks of young ash plants from nurseries within the past five years. Further cases have also confirmed in the nursery trade.

In October 2012, Fera scientists confirmed a small number of cases in East Anglia in ash trees which do not appear to have any association with recently supplied nursery stock.

C. fraxinea is being treated as a quarantine pest under national emergency measures, and it is important that suspected cases of the disease are reported.


Outbreak map.

Large size map


Our Forest Research agency has produced a practical pictorial guide to recognising the main symptoms, and an exotic pest alert  which gives more information about the disease.

VIDEO: The Food & Environment Research Agency (Fera) has also produced this video presenting and explaining the main symptoms.

Reporting suspected cases

Please report suspected cases of the disease to one of the following:

Forest Research Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service
T: 01420 23000;

Forestry Commission Plant Health Service
T: 0131 314 6414;

Fera Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate
T: 01904 465625;


Ash trees were first recorded dying in large numbers from what is now believed to be this newly identified form of ash dieback in Poland in 1992, and it spread rapidly to other European countries. However, it was 2006 before the fungus’s asexual stage, C. fraxinea, was first “described” by scientists, and 2010 before its sexual stage, Hymenoscyphus pseudo-albidus, was described. It is believed to have entered Great Britain on plants for planting imported from nurseries in Continental Europe. However, now that we have found infected older trees in East Anglia with no apparent connection with nursery stock, we are also investigating the possibility that it might have entered Britain by natural means. These include being carried on the wind or on birds coming across the North Sea, or on items such as footwear, clothing or vehicles of people who had been in infected sites in Continental Europe.

VIDEO: Our colleagues in Fera have produced this video outlining the history of the pathogen.

Pest risk assessment consultation

A Pest Risk Assessment (PRA) on C. fraxinea  was published, and a formal consultation on its management held by Fera. To read the PRA and find out about the consultation, visit the plant pests and diseases consultation pages of the Fera website.

A new Plant Health Order 2012 (pdf) prohibiting all import of ash trees and all movement of ash material, was subsequently published on 30 October 2012.

Further information

For further information see our page of Questions and Answers about Chalara dieback of ash.

Walkers are Welcome in Baildon

In October 2012 Baildon was granted membership of the Walkers are Welcome scheme. This status acknowledges the commitment of people and organisations in Baildon to making visitors feel welcome and to provide facilities and an experience to remember. Visit the Walkers are Welcome website to find out more about the scheme.

You can read some more about it on the Telegraph and Argus site here.

The Friends of Baildon Moor supported the application along with Baildon Parish Council.

To get you started there are 10 Heritage Trail booklets that not only are an excellent guide through various parts of Baildon but also provide lots of information for you to read, either when you are on the walk, or later when relaxing.

Heritage Trail Booklets

They are all illustrated, with most illustrations being pen and ink drawings done by a local artist. The back cover also has a good map showing the route described in the text. Hard copies of these booklets can be bought from the Baildon Library or you can download a PDF of each from the documents section of the Baildon Parish Council website.

War memorial


Report for 2010

Thank you everyone for contributing to our first year. Although we have not achieved as much as we would have liked to this year, there have been some noteworthy achievements:

We have, with the help of Bradford Council, provided three large litter bins on the two main Baildon Moor car parks.
We hope to provide three more this year.
We had one big litter pick and collected ten bags and lots of smaller ones by individuals.
The FoBM took a group of children from Glenaire School onto the moor, introducing them to the rich history including the old mine workings and cup and ring stones. This proved to be very successful and the children all enjoyed the trip out.
The group purchased strimming equipment and spent several days clearing a path through 5ft high bracken. This path from Low Springs to Sconce had become impassable because of overgrowth. We aim to open two other paths this year. This year we will start earlier when the bracken is only 18 inches high !
In addition to raising money for litter bins and strimmers, we have been fortunate to have a grant to improve the path to Sconce in 2011 which is now in a very bad state. We hope this will enable more people to use the path including the disabled and to access parts of the moor which they have not been able to reach.
The Friends of Baildon Moor continued to raise awareness and had a table at the Baildon Activities Fair at the Ian Clough Hall. A great deal of interest was shown by the visitors.

Our aim is still to protect the moor and its wildlife and help make it a place where people can enjoy the open space and wonderful views.

We look forward to the coming year and there will be a lot of opportunity to get involved, so look out for the dates of meetings and events!