Hedgerow restoration

Saturday was the first day of our new project to sort out the hedgerow that encloses the allotments.

 

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

 

Thirteen volunteers turned up on a cold Saturday morning. Most were plotholders but a few were guys from the waiting list. We also started out with 4 wheelbarrows, 100 rubbish bags and 4 litter pickers.

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

The original idea was to sort the rubbish as we went along. Bottles, cans, rusty metal, plastic. But it proved to be a bit slow.

 

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration  

We don't know when the hedge was last cleared - but it must have been a long time ago - or maybe never. So much litter has accumulated over the years. People have been lobbing bottles and can over the fence rather than putting it in a bin.

 

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

We have a special tool to release the panels and get at the rubbish.

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Paul (above) and Dominic (below) behind bars.

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In the end the best way to get things done was to just fill a wheelbarrow and sort it out at a central collection area. Mardien did a great job sorting things into recycleables, compostables and rubbish

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Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Where did all this metal come from?

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Sadly no buried treasures. But the soil under the trees is beautiful. It must be a hundred years of leaf mould.

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Me with double decker wheel barrows ;-)

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Of course we always have tea and cake - but this time we had a BBQ to thank everyone who came in the freezing cold to help.

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

This is our metal recycling area FULL!  It was empty when we started.

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Above is all the plastic we found and below all the bags are filled with glass bottles

Northfield Allotments - Hedgerow restoration

Once again - a huge thank you to everyone who turned up to help. You made it a fantastic day.

Hope you enjoyed the sausages ;-)