NEWS UPDATE

from Nick Day
MARCH 27th 2016
The Deep Clean Continues
We are continuing to pick clean the parts other pickers cannot reach. The intrepid CWP team have braved the vertiginous slopes of Great Bartletts behind Wickham Lane and around the Rockmount estate for several days. There is a lot more to do but the results are astounding. We will be returning to the slopes at the base of the Rockmount tower blocks next week.

Pictured above are some of the team with another pile of fly-tipping we had assembled for collection at one of the gateways into Great Bartletts from Wickham Lane. We returned a couple of days later to finally tidy it up. See below.

I have had a site meeting with the head ranger at Parks and he is putting plans in place to keep these less accessible places in better condition. At the end of this programme we will be able to "hand over" dificult areas that will be much less daunting to keep clean.
Workhouse Wood
The wood is looking beautiful. I think most of the wild garlic has taken, but unfortunately some of it has been cruelly uprooted - presumably by the same people that chucked a chair into the woods and threw our path margins aside! (see pictures below)

We collected together a huge stack of dumped bricks from Great Bartletts and, unbelievably, the toughest in our team managed to get a big wheelie bin, completely full of them, up the hill to use them as path liners. The rest of us carried a few bricks in our hands. Bravo team!

Earlier in the day the strongmen carried up some concrete fence posts that had been fly-tipped at the Slade Ponds, and we used them as well.

Our Regular PCEG Volunteer Sessions
The sessions for The Slade Ponds and the Plumstead Common Nature Reserve both fell on Easter weekend, so one couldn't expect many to turn up. Unfortunately, no PCEG members could make the reserve at all on Saturday, so it was great to see two of the Gurkha veterans, whom I had contacted, turn up on the dot of 11am.

As I set off toward the reserve it was impossible to ignore the litter on Winn's Common that was being blown all over the place. It took about twenty minutes to fill a sack. The remains of just two MacDonalds meals had spread over a wide area. I counted 17 separate items! The culprits had clearly sat on a park bench within a few yards of a bin. It was encouraging to find an email, when I got home, from the MacDonalds Manager whom I met with last week, suggesting we might like to join him at the end of April on a big litter clearance at Pettman Crescent. So that's good.

Two loyal volunteers turned up on Sunday for The Slade Ponds. We collected just a couple of bags betwen us. The CWP team have been through the Slade a few times recently so it took less than an hour to pick what was there.

I hope more members will respond to the call for these sessions. They are companionable occasions and the more people that turn up, the quicker we'll be done.
There has been a lot of anti-social behaviour in the Plumstead Common Nature Reserve lately. A regular gathering of youths has been using the the Forest Schools log circle for night-time fires and leaving lots of rubbish.
The SNT and the Parks department suggested we install a sign. We clearly need something more robust than this, and it will have to be made in metal. In the meantime, let's see how long these last!
A NEW CHALLENGE
Some years ago it was rarely possible to walk across the common without getting some dog poo on your shoes. One of the PCEG's greatest unsung achievements was persuading Greenwich Council to bring in the Dog Control Orders. In fact we wrote the first draft of those orders in order to speed up the process. The results were remarkable. Unfortunately we seem to be slipping backwards now. Those of us that remember "dog poo alley" past the tennis courts will know that things are still a lot better than they were. If you dare, just lift the lid on any dog poo bin and consider that the entire contents would, not so long ago, have been lying in wait for your children's shoes.
But now it is time for some enforcement in some easily identifiable areas. Apparently - according to those who live there - it would be a good idea to start with the Glyndon estate.

It has certainly become challenging again, when walking any distance across Plumstead Common, to avoid ramming a foul-smelling turd into one's treads.

We are trying to flag up the problem!
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