SOME CHELMER CANAL TRUST ORGANISED WORK PARTY
REPORTS / PHOTOS TAKEN DURING 2018.
Litterpicking and Hand-PickingSaturday, 6th January 2018
The Long Pond at Fullbridge
Soon after a cold grey dawn, a hardy group of volunteers assembled in the car park of the Fullbridge branch of Tesco. A quick calculation reassured us that the new 4 hour parking restriction would not result in unwelcome penalties, so long as we finished on time.
Various circumstances, including adverse weather conditions and closed flood gates blocking the navigation meant that we had no large work boat, and as the reported pennywort was not evident, it was decided to make litter picking the main focus of our activities.
But our volunteers won't miss an opportunity to remove any available pennywort from the water, and it wasn't long before Barry had spotted a patch to dispatch.
On the water, closed flood gates and lurking covert pennywort were no match for Steve and his coracle.
While the rest of the party spread out through the frost to gather thoughtlessly discarded detritus from the towpath and environs,
our trusty coracle-man gathered countless tiny pennywort plants, each of which would have been easily capable of growing to block the channel if left unchecked!
At the pre-arranged time everyone returned to the car-park to load the haul of litter bags into the cars, and enjoy some hard-earned refreshments.
By this time the obsession with “finishing the job” had seriously set in with some of the volunteers and a further huge haul litter was gathered from more of the towpath on the north side of the Navigation, even extending to the cycleway, while Steve went back to find even more baby-pennyworts lurking in the reeds.
Eventually, it was time to stop, and some volunteers were realising that this litter removal thing was actually becoming a bit of an addiction, as there always seemed to be one more piece…. But not wishing to be fined for over-staying in the car park, the litter was loaded into two cars and we said our goodbyes, with the feeling that we had made a difference.