This Saturday, 5th March was our ‘Clean for the Queen Day at the Pond’. The weather was pretty dreadful with constant rain and temperatures only as high as 6oC. Despite that, there were some hardy people who came down to the pond to help clear the rubbish and tidy up the edge of the pond.
The men put on waders and collected the rubbish from the pond because they were the only ones tall enough not to get water down the front of their waterproofs. They filled many bags with bottles and cans and other rubbish that was spoiling the look of the pond and putting wildlife in danger. Everyone was careful so no one fell in.
Meanwhile, other people were collecting litter from the banks, in Littlewood or on Marriott’s Way. Litter is really awkward stuff and always ends up in a prickly bush or tangled up in brambles. It was hard work fishing it all out.
To repair the edge of the pond one of our local families worked on faggots (bundles of hazel bound with wire). They had to cut down hazel with loppers and make it into the faggots which were carried to the pond. Once there everyone had to help to hammer stakes into the ground to keep them in place.
Everyone worked hard and we were finished by lunchtime. We had collected 12 bags of rubbish which is an awful lot! Don’t worry if you missed out this time, there will be plenty more chances to clean up at the pond or in Littlewood.