Volunteers from the Friends of Bramcote Ridge and the Practical Conservation Volunteers joined Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Derek Burnett BEM on site on Sunday 2 December to create a new meadow and viewing point.
Sadly, the area fell victim to a wildfire in the soaring temperatures over the summer which burnt through scrub on a rocky outcrop at the top of the ridge, leaving an area that the group has now converted into the meadow and viewing point.
Throughout the session the group cleared fire debris, sowed wildflower seed and planted a selection of 600 nectar rich wildflower plants, including cowslips, ox eye daisy and trefoil to create 1000 square metres of acid grassland. Next spring this area will be a haven for honey bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects.
The Ridge sits in Bramcote in Broxtowe, adjacent the Nottingham City boundary. In the coming weeks the Council will be arranging the final stage of the project, which involves pruning trees to create views from the ridge overlooking Wollaton Hall in the distance.
The Friends Group are looking for some extra volunteers to join the Community Clean Team and take part in a litter pick at the estate off Markham Road, Bramcote on Sunday 6 January. If you’re interested in joining in and start the new year off clean and green, please contact please contact the Borough Council on 0115 917 3507 for further details.
The Council’s Clean and Green Campaign will see £72,000 invested in new initiatives to complement and enhance existing programmes to keep Broxtowe clean and tidy. These include:
- Community litter picking events to complement existing events as part of the Community Clean Teams
- Additional litter picking around the A610
- Additional weed control in high priority areas
- Mobile CCTV cameras at flytipping hotspot areas
- Programme of ‘Waste Days’ to enable residents who do not live near household waste recycling sites to dispose of their bulky waste
- Litter bin replacement in areas where there is high footfall including main roads, twitchells, parks and bus stops
- Advertising clean and green initiatives on bin lorries to encourage community support
A special resource pack has been created for local groups and organisations who want to get involved and run their own litter pick events, to help them carry out activities safely, as well as promote them in their local area. The Council can also help by lending litter picking equipment.