A friends group in a Moorlands town is back in action in keeping their community clean and tidy. The Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool have accepted an invitation to be part of a project run by Keep Britain Tidy and has started to, once again, make their community look nice.
A friends group in a Moorlands town is back in action in keeping their community clean and tidy.
The Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool have accepted an invitation to be part of a project run by Keep Britain Tidy and has started to, once again, make their community look nice.
A spokesman for the Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool said: “Taking part in the ‘Waterside Care Project’ means we have more support for volunteers helping to look after the environment along the Brook and at Hales Hall Pool.
“The tasks volunteers will be taking part in include litter picks, Himalayan Balsam pulls, water quality testing and river fly surveying all of which will help to make the environment better for all.”
With the easing of restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak, volunteer groups are now able to resume working in small groups of up to six.
With this, four volunteers from the Friends group were able to carry out the first Balsam pull of 2020 last Tuesday (June 23).
Working between Oakamoor Road and Ashbourne Road the group were able to clear all the Balsam that had started to grow in this section.
Further Balsam pulls are planned for Thursday, July 9, Sunday, August 16 and Thursday, August 20.
Anyone wishing to take part in any of these events is asked to contact Anne Beardmore on 07748 528354, as only groups of up to six are currently allowed to meet.
A litter pick has also been arranged for the morning of Monday, July 27.
The Friends spokesman said: “As we cannot share equipment volunteers will need to provide their own gloves and any other protective equipment. Litter pickers will be provided. Contact Anne if you wish to take part.
“Unfortunately there still seems to be a lot of litter including poo bags left lying around despite the fact that there are litter bins on site and there has been an incident of fly tipping of rubble just off the footpath leading to Mill Road.
“As this area is our local nature reserve we would ask everyone to be respectful of the environment.
“On a more positive note, the meadow areas along the Brook, seeded with hay from the coronation meadow at Rod Wood several years ago, are coming into flower now and the area off Ashbourne Road is looking particularly good with a variety of wild flowers including many orchids.”
For more information visit The Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool website at www.cecillybrooklnr.org.uk.
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