Radbourne Walk - 2014 Putting the plan into action

 We started the Radbourne Walk clean up in February 2014 and held monthly volunteering days on the first Saturday of each month. We worked on one section at a time the volunteers removed litter, rubble, metal, plastic and glass. We found a lot more rubbish than expected and created enough rubbish for two skips. We cleaned the tarmac path to remove muddy puddles and turned over the soil and introduced wildflower annuals to the front section in four main areas. We removed unwanted plant species like Japanese Knotweed and we also added Stag beetle areas with log piles dug into the ground.
We also received help from Community Payback who worked on Thursdays and occasional Sundays. This additional help made us realise that we could in fact complete the “Clean up” of the within the year something that we had not originally intended.
In the late summer of 2014 we had stooped the community Payback workdays and we had our final clean up volunteer day. At this time sections that we had worked on earlier in the year were looking much better with wildflowers in bloom and other native plants filling in the spaces creating a green swathe alongside the path.

In November and December of 2014 we held two more volunteer days where we cut back all the years growth pf plants, swept up the leaves and removed more litter. This completed our years tasks and left me very proud of all the work everyone had done during the year. THANK YOU!!

Volunteer workday were a good way to meet people and really do something good
Here are some picture from the volunteer workdays through the year. You can see more details on these workdays on our blog page
 

Brushing down the path on the first volunteer day 
Brushing down the path on the first volunteer day
 
Sowing wildflower seed at the end of day one 
Sowing wildflower seed at the end of day one
 
Creating a loggery for stag beetles in April 2014 
Creating a loggery for stag beetles in April 2014
 
Tea time supplied by Yasmin and Simon "Scott" in April  
Tea time supplied by Yasmin and Simon "Scott" in April
 
Planting Bluebells and snowdrops in April 
Planting Bluebells and snowdrops in April
 
Skip number two for rubbish collected from the Radbourne walk 
Skip number two for rubbish collected from the Radbourne walk
 
Volunteers on the second day  
Volunteers on the second day
 
Everybody mucking in! 
Everybody mucking in!