This Sunday, 6th March, the Friends of Brandwood End will be carrying out their usual quarterly litter pick, but you may have noticed that it falls during a special event weekend. This weekend is ‘Clean for the Queen‘ weekend when local residents are encouraged to work together to rid their area of litter.
The Friends will be meeting at the Lodge on the main drive at 10am so please come along and help. Normally we will finish at about 11.30am. This is a chance for us to promote FBEC on one of the busiest days in the cemetery and for you to enjoy a stroll around this beautiful green space while collecting any litter you may find.We have had some windy days so we are sure there will be lots of blown flower paper around!
We do have a number of ‘litter pickers’ but please bring your own if you have them. Stout shoes and gloves are also advisable.
Our next litter pick will be taking place on Sunday 6th March from 10am-12noon- meet at the Lodge on the Main Drive.
This year we will be supporting a special drive to Keep Britain Tidy by registering this event with the ‘Clean for the Queen’ web site to encourage everyone to take care of their local environment. You can see our entry via this link.
Can we remind you that we provide litter pickers and bags but recommend you wear stout foot wear and gloves.
This Sunday Litter Pick will see a very busy Cemetery, as it is Mothering Sunday so please support our event to raise the profile of FBEC.
We were a small select crew that set out on the final litter pick of the year- just 4 of us, but we managed to collect 12 bags of litter before rain stopped play!
The cemetery itself is always kept pretty litter free by the ground staff but there are always pockets of litter that gather, especially in the wind, along fences and hedgerows. The worst offending area is the corner of the site where Broad Lane service road meets the fence. Huge piles of rubbish accumulate road side here …..or are dumped, and blow into the cemetery shrubbery. Below is a before and after photo to give an idea of the problem! You can see the rubbish piled just the other side of the fence.
We also observed another strange phenomenon today and that was the sight of snowdrops blooming along side daisies!
Our thanks to everyone that has helped at any of our litter picks in 2015 and we hope you will join us in 2016 to continue this very important task. The next litter pick will be on Saturday 5th March 2016
Six FBEC members enjoyed today’s sunshine as they searched for litter in the Cemetery at our quarterly ‘Litter Pick’. It was good to see that there was very little litter about, but we still managed to gather about 8 bags- mainly flower paper, from under hedges and hidden in shrubbery. Your next chance to join us will be on Saturday 5th September.
I thought today, instead of litter, I would post a few lovely photographs taken during the event.
We were a little shocked by this drastic pruning of a conifer on the main drive but it would appear that it will ultimately be dispatched, but in the mean time it still offers a home to thousands of insects and a great perch for our local Buzzard!
Today’s litter pick took place in glorious sunshine and 11 people were tempted out to help us at our first litter collection in 2014. I am glad to report that, despite the fact that we collect 9 bags full, generally the site was pretty litter free.
This first litter pick always uncovers litter that previously remained unseen in the shrubbery and the recent high winds have meant that flower paper had collected in many of the corners of the site. Our thanks to all our supporters, some of whom you can see above- but especially to the family that traveled from Acocks Green after seeing this event on our web site. We hope to see you again!
Just a reminder to all those who support us and a appeal to anyone new who feels they can spare a couple of hours to help keep this cemetery litter free. We will be meeting at the Lodge on the main drive at 10am on Saturday March 1st. Suitable stout footwear, outer clothing and gloves are especially important following the recent heavy rainfall- but we will have plenty of litter pickers and bags! Please note that in the event of high winds, heavy rain or snow this event will not take place as these weather conditions could raise safety issues.
Volunteers from Friends of Brandwood End Cemetery braved the winds last weekend to carry out the bi-monthly litter pick. Due to the high winds many artificial flower arrangements, cards and items had been blown into hedgerows. The volunteers did put many of these back but they may be on the wrong grave. So if you are wondering where your flowers have gone this may be the reason.
Please be considerate of the environment when leaving flowers for loved ones. Artificial flowers, wrappings and cards often get blown away and because they are not biodegradable they become litter. Please use natural arrangements where possible.
For those of you who think there is very little litter around these days and so there is no need to come, it is only like that because of the continuing efforts of the ground staff and the Friends’ Litter Pick days. We can’t let up the pressure on litter.
A clean environment encourages people to keep it that way. This simple bi-monthly task is essential in maintaining this cemetery’s appearance.
Talking about appearance
Now we have restored the Civilian Garden we are looking for any of you gardeners out there to also come at the same time as the Litter Picks to help maintain the garden by simple weeding.
All you need are your gloves – litter pickers and bags are provided. Please see the Events page for the next dates. See you there for fresh air, friendship and fun!