24 Hours!

from Nick Day
APRIL 13th 2016
Litter dropped either side of Winn's Common Road in less than twenty four hours . . .
The two sacks of litter above were picked by two of our CWP team between 9.30 and 10.30 this morning.

We had completely cleared that area of litter by midday yesterday.

Much of it was in throwing distance of the road, and it does look as if it has been thrown from cars. This road is so regularly littered that it makes one cry out for CCTV surveillance enforcement. If cameras can be used for speeding, why can't they be used for littering?

It isn't even the high litter season yet, so doesn't this prompt us all to put pressure on the council to consider what measures they can implement to combat this scourge?

and in Workhouse Wood in twenty four hours . . .
Pictured above you can see what happens to all our hard effort in Workhouse Wood in lessthan a day. A bunch of really annoying people move the concrete and wooden posts we have used to line the paths nearly every day and put them over one of the drains. We also find the bricks kicked aside every day, and for some reason a number of the bricks we've laboriously brought here in a wheelbarrow and carefully lined up have been lifted and piled up somewhere else.

All that after we finish one day and before we start the next. Maybe it's the same kids that I was told have been throwing sticks and stones at birds in the trees. That's clearly why we find big sticks randomly scattered over the paths so regularly.

If we get this much damage to the site in just one day, I'm angry and upset to think what will happen once our intensive work finishes in the middle of May. I am beginning to think we will have to fence the site off behind locked gates in order to protect it, and the dream of a fully accessible woodland trail will have to be shelved because we just cannot assure its sustainability.

. . . and in the nature reserve . . .

We need to check out the Plumstead Common Nature Reserve every day now. Since we cleaned it up yesterday an ovenight gathering of cannabis smokers left lots of litter and debris in the Forest Schools base camp. We cannot invite schools to use this beautiful site as a resource while this abuse continues to create problems like this in just 24 hours. That is such a shame. I have asked the police for targeted visits to the reserve at night when our own SNT team are not on duty, but have not yet had any response.

Meanwhile, a couple of campaigns are hotting up. We have been engaging with bird feeders on the common.

Mostly they take our leaflets and seem to accept that what we say, but there have been some very aggressive reactions. Yesterday I was told to "f**k off you w***ker"!

Oh, well, can't win 'em all.
The dog poo problem in the nature reserve is quite serious.

All around the tennis court area (and even inside the tennis courts!) it looks as if there are a few daily offenders.

We put up these mini-posters yesterday. They have survived 24 hours and some of the poo bags have been taken.
Now let's look at the plus side for a moment!

Pictured below is a montage of some of what we have collected from the mile length of Plumstead Common since March 28th. That's just over two weeks. A lot of it is from places that regular Parks staff would not normally go for H&S reasons; steep slopes, heavy undergrowth etc.

I am optimistic that council plans afoot to maintain the clearance of these less accessible places will be able keep pace with the serious levels of environmental abuse suffered by this beautiful area.

Many of our team have been astounded to discover what Plumstead has to offer. One of them said: "This is real country within feet of our front doors.I didn't know it was here."
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