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.
There was quite a lot of rubbish strewn around the Foundry Lane car park.
Treasure uncovered in the Foundry Lane car park – daffodils.
Two of the Ouseburn Futures Environment Group clean up volunteers with bags of collected rubbish.
A few of the bags we filled with litter picked up from the Foundry Lane car park.
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.
We found crocuses starting to bloom in the woodland under the Metro viaduct.
Trimming back some of the thornier branches along the path.
Picking up litter from undergrowth by the path.
Some of the odd things discarded in the fields were quite big.
Our youngest volunteers seemed to have super-hero powers when it came to finding unusual things that shouldn’t be left in fields and woods.
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.
One area by the path was particularly dense with rubbish.
We found lots of cans and bottles.
The woodland slope after we had picked up all the rubbish from it.
Two of our volunteers with the final pile of bin bags filled with the rubbish collected.
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!
Bridging the Ouseburn 2013 poster.
This weekend – 19th – 20th October – there are special events to celebrate the Lower Ouseburn Valley bridges.
A book about them – Bridging the Ouseburn by Sue Bright – is being launched on the 135th birthday of Byker Bridge. The book will be at a special introductory price of £7.50 for this weekend only, and will be £8.50 afterwards. All profits from the book will be donated to the Ouseburn Festival 2014.
Parts of the Byker Bridge’s opening ceremony are being recreated at The Cumberland Arms on Saturday 19th October. There will be a colliery brass band, rapper dancers, a Punch and Judy show, and Victorian games for all the family to play.