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Join in our July Clean Up!

Rubbish in Ouseburn June 2014

Rubbish in Ouseburn June 2014

There will be lots of visitors to the valley for the Ouseburn Festival (including NARC. Fest) on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014 so we would like to do our best to make paths passable and safe for everyone.

Do join us – the more of us the better! We can provide not only equipment and tools but also lunch at Ouseburn Farm.

Meet us outside Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am – or if you can only join us for the afternoon, meet us at Ouseburn Farm at 1.30pm.

Please come dressed suitably for sharp and thorny conditions (long sleeves and trousers tend to be best where there are thorns and nettles).

If you’re interested in getting involved in our new Ouseburn environment project and learning some new skills, find out more at our general meeting at 5.30pm on Wednesday 25th June 2014 at Ernest, Boyd Street, Ouseburn. If you can’t come to that meeting and are not already on our mailing list, please email environment@ouseburnfutures.org.uk to ask to be included.


Our March clean up day was a breeze

Our clean up day in March was more breezy than a breeze maybe, but it was great to welcome some new volunteers. It’s amazing how quickly an area can be cleaned up when half-a-dozen or more people descend on it with litter pickers, bin bags, a brush, and a lot of determination! We also trimmed back nettles and brambles from paths so that they remain passable in summer.

In the morning, we tackled the area around Crawford’s Bridge, the muddy end of Foundry Lane, and the area between Crawford’s Bridge to the culvert opening, the former outdoor riding area, up to the old culvert arch and steps under the railway viaduct. The morning’s ‘treasures’ included a discarded bicycle wheel, quite a lot of broken glass. The wildlife sightings included a close up view of a lively little goldcrest.

We had delicious soup in the warmth of Ouseburn Farm’s café before the afternoon team set off to tackle the wooded area just to the North of the orchard and pond. There were dumped or abandoned clothes, pillows, and what were probably sleeping bags at one time – all soaked so heavy as well as quite muddy – in addition to the usual sort of rubbish.

A very big thank you to all the volunteers who helped in clearing so much rubbish on our March clean up day! If you would like to feel the same glow of satisfaction as we did at the end of the day, you’re very welcome to join us on our next clean up day, Monday 14th April 2014. If you can only spare an hour or two, you’re still very welcome. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10.30am, and then start the afternoon shift from there around 1.30pm.

Later on Monday 14th April, from 5.30pm to 7pm at Ernest, Boyd Street in Ouseburn, we also have a general Ouseburn Futures open meeting which will focus on plans for projects to improve cycle routes and the environment, and our new constitution. All are welcome!

A sunny Clean Up in February

We were lucky with the weather on the February Clean Up day organised by our Environment Group on Thursday 20th February. The grey clouds soon cleared so we had blue sky, sunshine and warmth most of the time.

We started picking up the litter on and around the Foundry Lane car park, and found some daffodils when we cleared the food bags and paper cups. Then three more volunteers joined us (including two of the youngest) as we headed uphill to the pathway that runs through the feet of the Metro viaduct. There was plenty of rubbish to keep us all busy, and some trimming back of the thorny and prickly branches growing out over the path. We were surprised to find purple crocuses flowering.

Our youngest volunteers were great at finding odd things that had been chucked or blown into the woodland by the path, including a bicycle tyre and tyre-less wheels.

Some of our volunteers finished at lunchtime, and some stayed for lunch (delicious lentil and veg soup at Ouseburn Farm). We headed back up to the path through the Metro viaduct to trim back more thorny branches and pick up lots more rubbish, including cans, bottles, and broken bottles. There were lots of small birds in the trees watching what we were doing.

We ended up with a pile of bags of rubbish (about two dozen) – and left a much cleaner path and woodland for people, animals and birds to enjoy. We look forward to welcoming more volunteers at our next Clean Up day on Saturday 15th March 2014!


February Ouseburn Clean Up

Ouseburn viaducts 16th Feb 2014

Ouseburn viaducts 16th Feb 2014

The storms of last week have passed, but what a lot of litter has been blown about !

We have an Ouseburn Valley clean up day on Thursday 20th February 2014, between 10:30am and 3:30pm, and hope you might be able to join us, whether for the whole day or just a couple of hours. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 10:30am and we’ll set off from there again at 1:30pm.

We will provide you with a hot lunch and with any tools you might need.

Hope to see you then! Let’s keep the Ouseburn looking good!


2014 Environment Group Clean Up days

Ouseburn Bridge and Farm, January 2014.

Ouseburn Bridge and Farm, January 2014.

We are so pleased with the difference that our volunteers have made to the Ouseburn Valley in 2013 that we want to do it again!

We take on a variety of tasks that suit the interests of those attending, usually a bit of weeding, some litter picking and sometimes one of the bigger jobs with dense undergrowth.

We’ll provide the materials – and a hot lunch on the day events. Volunteers can join in for a whole day or just for an hour or two and can pick the tasks that are the most appealing or satisfying.

First clean up of 2014

The first snowdrops have poked their heads through the undergrowth in the Ouseburn Valley, so this Sunday would be a good time remove any litter, so that they can be appreciated.

There are lots of nice looking little ferns popping up along the paths – but they’re deceptive – they’re the beginnings of summer’s giant hogweed or cow parsley which block the pathways! So it would also be good to pull some of them out now.

Two and a half hours is long enough for most people on a winter weekend, but we do hope you can join us for a little time on Sunday. We meet at Ouseburn Farm at 1:00pm. Wear warm clothing and footwear that can cope with mud and sharp things (such as thorns and broken glass).

Clean up dates for 2014 are:

Sunday January 26th afternoon (1pm – 3:30pm)

Thursday Feb 20th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Saturday March 15th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Monday April 14th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

Thursday May 22nd morning (10am – 12:30pm)

Thursday June 5th afternoon (1:30pm – 4:00pm)

Saturday July 5th (all day 10:30am – 3:30pm – join for the morning or afternoon)

We hope you’ll want to join us then (and we WILL send you reminders if you’re on our Environment Group mailing list!). Sometimes we have to postpone clean up events due to weather. If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, we put updates on there if this is likely.

To join the Ouseburn Futures Environment Group, email us at environment@ouseburnfutures.org.uk – and tell us if you’d like to hear news about our clean up events.