As many of you know, I am taking over my line manager’s post as of March 1st as maternity cover. As such, this may be my last monthly update for a while, but hopefully the next officer will be able to carry this on when he or she starts. It is a very useful way to show the many groups, schools and Litter champions that although you all will not see me very often, that I am out there and trying to work really hard to make things a little bit better. Please continue to email me with enquiries, so I can try and deal with them and help train up my replacement as quickly as possible.
February has been quite a nice month, I helped St. Philip Evans Primary School with their 3rd annual coppice event early in the month in Chapelwood Woods and this was again really successful. We looked at how well last winter’s and the winter’s before hazel stools had regenerated after they had cut them to the ground. We also looked at the dead stool which some local people had set fire to with a wheeliebin; the children were quite rightly so upset at this.
Pupils from St Philip Evans cutting the stem into sections
Well done to the litter champions of Chapelwood during half term
We finally finished the last wild weekend event with Cardiff Trail Scrubs and Ely Community Mums with our bird and bat boxes going up adjacent to the Ely trail where the guys pulled up Himalayan balsam last summer. It was done with oermission from the landowners, RWEnPower with a member of staff coming along on the final day too. Hopefully, this is the start of something really promising. Thanks to ACE and JustaddSpice for helping to organise and Ely North Youth Centre for hosting the box making and painting sessions.
Boys will be boys
On the note of working with kids, I have done loads of events with Llanedeyrn Playcentre over the years and the problems in their woodlands have dropped off significantly too. Here, a path next to the centre was blocked from a fallen tree and with the children from the centre, we made it safe and constructed a rustic bench from some of the wood. The Playcentre is a crucial local hub for young people and brings the kids from all different schools together to have fun and do positive things. The staff are pivotal to this and I wish there was more opportunity to do this kind of work. Once you get the kids hooked they work really hard and really care about these green spaces on their doorstep.
Training the next generation of volunteers
The bench the children made, it is wired and staked in place, held off the ground to delay rotting.
Hollybush Residents' Association and Coryton Primary with their haul
Anthony dragging the Emperor's new mattress along
CFMEP with one of our sets of steps in Troedyrhiw
Sue and Anthony with one of the bundles from Grangemoor Park
CFMEP's dead hedge, so far
Glyncoed Primary School's after school EcoClub on a Saturday with Richard in the water getting one of the Grangemoor Park bundles in place.
Fencing and fascines in place