The Wintry Copse
For years, Britain's national parks have been trying to attract more visitors from a
broader range of backgrounds and ages. In 2020 Lockdown, they got more than they
During these months. where travel was
banned and local exercise was encouraged, and limited,
people have been heading to our green spaces in greater numbers
than ever before. This, of course, creates
side effects. For example in 2020, the Peak
District in Derbyshire had to double its
budget for litter collection. and Snowdonia
developed a nuisance parking problem.
Three Cornered Copse seems to have
been blessed with similar phenomena,
albeit on a smaller scale. More families,
cyclists and runners have swelled the
usual dog walking population each day,
which has inevitably taken its toll on the
woods and grassland. This will recover of
course, but the efforts of the Friends of
Three Cornered Copse have been needed
more than ever in the past 12 months. Of
course the workdays, led by a Park Ranger, have not been possible, so much of
the heavy lifting and path clearance hasn't
happened, during the time when it has
been needed most.
Inevitably not all picnickers are
thoughtful enough to clear the
empties, and we rely heavily on the
individuals that patrol and collect
the abandoned bottles and cans.
Litter has been a problem. With no gatherings permitted in our gardens and bars,
liquid picnics have been popular in places
like the copse. Inevitably not all picnickers
are thoughtful enough to clear the empties.
and we rely heavily on the individuals that
patrol and collect the abandoned bottles
and cans. (lf you see them please say "thank
you", it helps enormously.) At the end of last
year, The ButterflyCup was launched, the
UK's first ever lidless, plastic-free, environmentally friendly disposable coffee cup
(www.butterflycup.com ). We pick up many
plastic coffee lids in Three Cornered Copse;
I suspect Hove Park and Green Ridge have
a similar problem. Let's hope our local takeaway coffee shops get to start using these
as soon as possible.
In the meantime, oblivious to our pandemic, the wintry copse continues its
cycle. Snowdrops are starting to rise tentatively above the mud, precocious cow
parsley shoots are beginning to carpet the
forest floor, and the hazel branches are in
bud. The woodpeckers have been seen
once again; their distinctive drilling can be
heard high up in the leafless branches of
the taller beech trees.
Soon, the muddy paths will be baked hard
as concrete, and perhaps the Friends of
Three Cornered Copse can start to work
again, perhaps with additional members
from our new visitors?