Sunday, April 17, 2011

In the park

Yesterday, I spent the morning pulling out invasive plants from a local park.  Sponsored by the community association and the seniors,  we had about 25 volunteers come out to help with the clean-up.  Our mission was to pull up the horse chestnut seedlings, as well as to eliminate sycamore maples, blackberry and holly.

The youngest was about three and his big brother (all of 5) were very good at stomping down big piles and dragging branches.  They even brought their own little gardening gloves.  There were high school kids, families and retired folks - all out to help.

Even Mr Walter Draycott, a pioneer of this area, gets handed a shovel.

We found lots more than we bargained for.  As usual, there were many non-natural treasures to be found.  People seem to think throwing stuff in a creek is OK as a disposal method.  Are they hoping the current will drag this out to the ocean?  I can tell them that it never works. 

My papparazza came late to the party so I'm packing up ready to go.  I did put in my time - honest!


Ginny said...

Gotcha!!! It says you just posted one minute ago! I don't know why, but I get some kind of glee being the first commentor It's kind of like I'm king of the hill!!! O.K., I'm just nuts. This is such a worthwhile project, though it does look chilly. Did you manage to get everything done in one day?

Stephanie V said...

Ginny, I picture you waiting to pounce and set a record. One minute must be it!

It was chilly but gardening gloves kept our hands warm. The work was mostly done except for the pickup of the huge piles of branches and greenery.

EmptyNester said...

What a great effort by all! If that trash did make it to the ocean it would endanger the wildlife there too. I don't know why people don't just put it in a trash can or hold it until they find one.

Emille said...

Wow, looked like a lot of work was done! And you found my new art site -thank you for the follow!

Gill - That British Woman said...

people seem to think they can dump their garbage anyway and it'll just disappear? I have yet to clean out the winter garbage from our ditch. It'll be interesting to see what folk have dumped there over the winter.



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