Saturday, 19 March 2016

Litter Picking and Bramble Clearance

Over the past couple of weeks on Wenlock Edge we have had three major litter pick days. One down Harley Bank road with myself and Kate, and two more big days with the volunteers, the first along Hughley Bank and the second above Hughley Bank along the top of the Church Stretton road. We do it at this time of year when the ground is usually dry and before the Spring growth shoots up and hides the litter, making it harder to find. We split up along the roads (in our hi-vis jackets) and took our litter pickers as well as two bags; one for rubbish and one for recyclable plastics (as this makes it quicker and easier for us to sort out at the recycling centre when we get back). On every day the back of the landrover was jam-packed with bags of rubbish and plastic recyclables.

After a days litter pick
We also have our drop-in volunteer rangers who usually come in to help out when they can; litter picking is one of the tasks they are given, which means that we can keep in control of the litter a bit better as it is done more regularly. The areas focused on are the car parks and also the paths along our trails.

I hope maybe you have seen a bit of a difference along these stretches of road.

A couple of Tuesdays ago we were working at Harley Bank Hill with the volunteers for our second instalment clearing a wall of bramble away from the newly laid hedge, which has unfortunately died back and will need some re-planting. Working as a team of four, we managed to clear away the bramble before lunch, mostly using scythes, but with some extra help from the brush cutter and a chainsaw (and some brute force too!)

 After lunch we burned it all on the fire. Hopefully it will be a while before it shoots up again!

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