Thank you very much to all those who helped in the July Clean Up organised by our Environment Group!
It was the first day of the Ouseburn Festival and we were keen to try to ensure that some of the main pedestrian routes in the central Ouseburn Valley area were passable, and that it was a bit tidier, especially around McPhee’s Yard (the car park) where the market was on Sunday. We were also doing some of this as part of the Ouseburn DIY Streets initiative, particularly on Stepney Road. We were delighted to have some volunteers from Gentoo (who are involved with building The Malings) joining in with the work this time.
Dave (who organises our Environment Group CLean Ups) was joined by 3 volunteers from Gentoo to clear the steps up to the Cumberland Arms from Foundry Lane.
Brambles and nettles were growing over the steps, making them difficult to get up & down, especially if trying to use the handrail.
What is not clear in these photos is how the weeds were growing from cracks in the steps, making them slippery in wet weather.
A smaller team pruned back brambles, nettles and trees on Stepney Rd so that people could use the footpath.
This pavement had been overgrown a couple of hours earlier.
An old duvet, soaked with rain and whatever else, was also tidied off the footpath on Stepney Rd.
One of the trees pruned so it remains above head height over the footpath is a cherry tree.
Other volunteers (Sheila, on the left in this pic) helped to tidy to central area, including Mc Phee’s car park (the White Rabbit and Red Riding Hood just happened to pass by).