We managed to do the bulk of our litter pick before the rain started but a good job was done by all !!
It is noticeable that we now find mainly wind blown flower paper and nowhere as much real ‘litter’ A reminder to everyone to please remove the cellophane/ paper if leaving flowers!
I am afraid we are still spotting residents, backing on to the cemetery, tossing their garden rubbish over their fences into the grounds. Please stop it!!
Our late Spring Litter Pick takes place this Sunday 2nd June. Please come along and support the Friends as we check all the hidden nooks and crannies of the Cemetery for wind blown litter. After an exceptionally windy Winter we find areas where litter collects, often out of view but this is our last chance to remove it before the foliage hides it for another season. Gloves and suitably stout footwear recommended but we provide the pickers and bags. (Children under 16 welcome but they must be with an adult)
Meet on the main drive by the lodge at 10am. We finish at 11.30 but any time you can spare is appreciated.
This is the final reminder that we will be holding our usual LITTER PICK tomorrow and everyone is welcome. This event is part of the annual event organised by Keep Britain Tidy, but we are holding it on our usual first weekend in March.
Saturday 2nd March 10am-11.30am. All welcome. Stout footwear and gloves advised. Litter pickers and bags provided. Meet at the Lodge on the main drive.
(We may not be quite as festive as we were in December !!)
Today we spotted the very first Snow Drops peeping out along the main drive of the cemetery. Not many yet…..but hopefully more will follow. Another find was this Squirrel Dray, blown down from its tree.
Five and a half of us collected over 10 bags of wind blown rubbish today in the cemetery. The December litter pick always discloses lots of rubbish hidden in normally leafy shrubbery. Still some litter in areas that are hard to reach but generally everywhere reasonably clean and tidy. Next litter pick-March 2019.
All the wind that has been blowing over the last few days will have whipped flower papers away from graves and flung them around the Cemetery ! Join us at 10am this Sunday the 2nd December by the Lodge for our final clear up of 2018. Bare shrubbery discloses litter hidden most of the year so December always yields a good haul.
We have the litter pickers and the bags, but we advise boots and gloves as the ground is uneven.
Five of the Friends today enjoyed the sunshine whilst collecting seven….and a half bags of litter from within the cemetery. Most of it came from 2 spots on the boundary and generally we found that there was very little litter and what there was consisted mainly of flower paper and various items that had been blown off graves. Our thanks again to the same few who turn up time and time again to help keep the cemetery looking tidy.
Can we ask you again, that if you place silk flowers on a grave can you please make sure they are well secured- and can you remove paper from fresh flowers, as when they die the paper just blows about in the wind.
As summer potentially draws to a close, why not join the Friends for possibly their last Litter Pick in the sunshine!
Saturday 1st September 10- 11.30am. Meet at the Lodge.
Litter Pickers and bags provided, but we do advise stout shoes/boots and gloves. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
The sun shone on 5 members of 96th Birmingham Scouts who joined FBEC members to collect 11 bags of litter around the cemetery on Sunday 3rd June.
Our new Chairman, Julia, kept herself busy by washing the section markers along the main drive and assisting a number of members of the public in finding family graves !
Our thanks to people who kindly donate to FBEC when they see us at work in the cemetery. Your support is greatly appreciated.
A big thank you to all our supporters who turned out to help at our litter pick today, especially local Councillors and staff from Idverde (who came complete with a truck to remove the 27 bags of litter we collected).
After 90 minutes we had collected a surprising amount of litter, mainly from the edges of the cemetery and sadly a fair bit of it had been thrown over garden fences from adjacent houses!
If your garden backs onto Brandwood End Cemetery please DO NOT throw your disguarded Christmas trees, building waste and soiled nappies over your fence into our beautiful cemetery. It is not pleasant having to collect your waste……but collect it, we did!
Well done everyone!!