By Rob Westlake, 8th April 2015
Since the group was formed back in 2013, we have concentrated our activities around the Village centre, Locks 14 and 15 and along the towpath to the southern portal of Blisworth Tunnel – including the Woodland Walk.
For this task day, we spent time down at the Lower Locks area. A major litter pick was carried out and a number of rubbish bags filled. We tidied back some of the lane and car parking area landscape planting –which had been given a sever ‘short back and a bit off the sides’ by CRT’s contractor with what must have been a rather blunt flail cutter - during the winter.
Four of the team then set to work with paint brushes.
The safety railing alongside the access ramp from the A508 down to the towpath had been replaced as part of the winter maintenance works – so this was painted in the traditional white rail and black post style. This might sound like a straightforward task, but the 25 metre length of fencing consumed nearly 5 litres of paint, though makes a good visual impression when driving along the A508 and enhances the view for the Lower Locks car park.
Much more work will need to be carried out down in this area in the future, but for our next couple of Task Days, our efforts again need to focus on the central area of Stoke Bruerne, in readiness for the Family Festival on the 13th and 14th June.