The valley breathes a bit easier today :)

mountain-removedOnce I joined the friends of Rivacre Valley group it was only a matter of time before I joined the volunteers group too. They meet every other Wednesday, from 10 am until they call it quits. I’ve seen their work, but never become involved before. Today I made the leap into the unknown and turned up on my own at the Rangers cabin, slightly nervous because I didn’t really know anyone.

I needn’t have worried. The volunteers that were there today made me feel welcome, chatting with me happily as we walked to Plantation Drive. Tim the Ranger had identified a fly-tipping spot that had been building up over the years and wanted to tackle it today. He gave us some gloves and a pair of glasses, went through a risk-assessment, gave us a brew and then we made our way over.

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We removed a huge amount of rubbish that had been building up over the years. Most of it was fence panels, old conifer trees and concrete posts. It was a huge satisfaction to see the space clearing up as we worked and it is nice know the burden on the Valley is a bit lighter today because of us. There is still a lot of work that can be done on this particular site and I’m sure we’ll be back another day.

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Some of the metal panels we brought out were in great condition and will be re-used by one of the group. Some other smaller panels, that we were putting in the rubbish heap for Streetscene, were given to a hawk-eyed resident of Plantation Drive. They will now live a happy life as part of a new garden planter, raising a bed higher so the new owner doesn’t have to bend down so much 🙂

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