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Create a bird feeder with the Bramley Care Bears

West Leeds residents are invited to learn how to create a bird feeder using recycled waste this weekend at a free event in Bramley, writes Keely Bannister.  

The Bramley Care Bears group are hosting the event which will teach people how to make a bird feeder using household waste such as milk bottle, juice bottles, soup cans and microwave meal trays.

The event is aimed at people who are interested in recycling, saving money, helping to support birds in the community, making new friends and working together as a community.

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An example of the bird feeders being made. Photo: Phil McConnell

Being held at Fairfield Community Centre this coming Sunday 23rd February from 12.30pm to 1.30pm, attendees aren’t required to bring anything as all materials will be provided.

“Every success is a shared success”

Bramley Care Bears is a group created to promote positive news and events in the Bramley area. 

They are a group of volunteers who are working to make a positive difference in the area through holding regular litter picking sessions, hosting food banks and undertaking garden makeovers for people who are in need of extra support.

Philip McConnell, a key member of the Bramley Care Bears team, said:

“The idea for the bird feeders came from looking at different designs for wooden bird houses and bird feeders and then coming across images of bird feeders made from recycled materials.

“The thought process behind using recycled materials to make them was how brilliant it would be if we don’t have to send materials off in the green bin but instead re-purpose them ourselves.”

He stated that at the moment only a few of them have been made, explaining:

“At the moment they are just in my friend Gavin’s back garden. We have been fine tuning the process behind creating the bird feeders and waiting until we have enough recyclable materials. 

“We do have enough materials for this Sunday but any materials brought can then go towards further recycling sessions. If people can bring any tins, plastic milk bottles, microwave meal trays then that will be greatly appreciated. 

“Hopefully after this Sunday’s event, we will have more out in the area. We will ask people to post photos of their bird feeders that they make and place them in their garden.”

Mr McConnell is a well-known figure in Bramley having been active in the area for many years, including serving as the previous chair of Broadlea Better Community Tenants and Residents Association.

He is keen to emphasis the teamwork that keeps Bramley Care Bears running though. He added:

“Bramley Care Bears is a team and not just myself. I am a strong believer in the saying “every success is a shared success. Thank you to the residents who support us in our activities.”

Mr McConnell went on to add:

“If people can bring any tins, plastic milk bottles, microwave meal trays then that will be greatly appreciated. We do have enough materials for this Sunday but any materials brought can then go towards further recycling sessions.”

Are you hosting a community event in West Leeds? Drop us an e-mail at news@westleedsdispatch.com with the details so we can share it with our readers!

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