CLEANING UP THREE CORNERED COPSE
Two happy helpers cleaning up The Three Cornered Copse
The weekend of 5 March began "Clean For The Queen" events around the country, and the Friends of Three Cornered
Copse used this motivation to clean the litter from the largest woodland in Hove, after a long winter of use.
The weather was cold and grey, but dry, when 12 volunteers
and one dog spent the morning wandering the
copse with council-supplied "litter picker" tools and a box
of black plastic sacks. Some 25 black bags were filled in
that time, as we spread around the area and tackled the
litter dropped over the past few months. There were the
usual crisp packets and sweet wrappers, we found numerous
full black "poo-bags" (surely there's just one person
who does this?), bottles, cans, cardboard coffee cups, one
car hub-cap and three un-opened bottles of Pinot Grigio.
Apart from this, the popular drink of choice in the copse
seems to be canned cider. The Park Ranger was on hand
to pick up our collection at the end of the morning.
Some encouraging news received about our Ranger service,
who have escaped some of the severe cuts the council
are having to implement. Most of the Ranger team will
remain, losing 1.5 heads from the team, rendering them
still functional but under-staffed. Well done to all those
who lobbied councillors and council meetings recently.
A whiff of spring is in the air as the winter subsides. The
official spring start was 1 March which arrived like a lamb,
(so will go out like a lion?). Anyway, the cow parsley is
sprouting already on the woodland floor and the clumps
of snowdrops (planted by the Friends of 3cc in previous
seasons) are standing proud around the muddied paths.
The daffodils too, which emerged in December, are still
decorating the lawn fringes in the top field. Some of
these areas have been rather inaccessible as the mud
lingers but thankfully the firmer areas are passable for
walking and cycling once again.
Our thanks goes to all those who took part in the Clean
for the Queen event, it really looked like a difference was
made at the end and a sanctimonious glow kept us warm
as we worked. As we left the copse that afternoon, the
skies darkened and the rain came back - we were spared
once again from the bad weather.
More news on future work days as we move into the
warmer seasons on our
Facebook page and website.
(Just google "three cornered copse".)