Tidy Up Ouseburn events in October 2013


Volunteers weeding and pruning the Steps to Nowhere on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

Volunteers weeding and pruning the Steps to Nowhere on Tuesday 8th October 2013.

The next of Ouseburn Futures Environment Group’s valley tidy ups is on Saturday 19th October.

Volunteers are always warmly welcomed! We can provide tools, gloves – and a free lunch at Ouseburn Farm (usually delicious vegetable soup). We advise wearing clothes and footwear that can cope with sharp things (such as thorns and broken glass) and wet or muddy conditions. The weather should be dry this weekend (according the weather forecast) but the ground will probably remain quite soggy.

This Saturday, the tasks could include:

  • Litter picking on and around the steps (above the culvert).
  • Trimming the hawthorn (and stuff) under the metro viaduct.
  • Pulling nettles and sawing buddleia from the riverside walk.

Meet us outside Ouseburn Farm entrance at 10.30am. We finish at 3.30pm and usually take a lunch break around 1pm. If you only have a couple of hours to spare, do join us just for the morning or afternoon.

Our Tidy Up earlier in October

We had glorious weather for our Environment Group’s early October Ouseburn Tidy Up on Tuesday 8th October. We were grateful for help from one of the Newcastle City Council wardens who also gave us a safety talk at the start of the day and brought tools for us to borrow.

We started by tackling the Steps to Nowhere, off Lime Street, which had become overgrown during the summer. We weeded nettles, small brambles and other plants from the joints in the steps, and pruned back nettles, huge brambles, and blackthorn from the sides.

After big bowls of vegetable soup for lunch at Ouseburn Farm, the remaining team went up to the short stretch of path between Elizabeth Street and the first junction (the steps down to the path under the Metro viaduct). They cleaned up a mountain of cider bottles and a thicket of needles (using a proper sharps box for safe disposal).