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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!


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).