Works Diary for April
The weather has been on our side for a change, and we have
been able to catch up on some of our planned maintenance.
We also had the judge for the Green Flag this month, so
quite a bit of time has been spent litter picking in all areas of the dene and
the plastic bags in the trees and bushes have been removed.
In the Upper Reach the hedge line on the northern bank has
been cut back and cleared, and a small area at the bottom of the steps was
cleared of unwanted plants last year has now been forked over and sown.
brambles and growth along the sides of the northwest footpath have also been
trimmed back and the burn has twice been cleared of rubbish that had been
washed in from upstream.
In the Middle Reach the refuge areas alongside the burn have
been cut back and the brambles and growth along the sides of main track down
from the upper dene has been cut back and cleared.
In the Lower Reach the refuge areas alongside the burn have
been cut back and cleared and all rubbish removed from the burn.
the Dene Top additional wild flowers seeds have been sown along the south side
of the main footpath and wood chippings have been laid along the natural
walkways at the west end.
inside of the wooden fence at the east end has also been painted this month.
4.5 bags of Litter were collected this month.
of some of this work along can be seen on the April Photo Page.
Works Diary for March
It’s not been the best month for weather; we did lose two
days’ work because of the snow and blizzards.
But the rain and wet conditions
did limit the work we could do, putting us a little behind on the work we had
planned for the month.
One of the best days we had was for the “Keep Britain Tidy’s” “Big Spring Clean”, were we carried out a litter
pick on the links and beach.
We collected 17 bags of litter and an old tractor
tyre during our morning’s work.
Even the sight visit with the Community Wardens
took place in the rain.
In the Upper Reach only litter picks were carried
In the Middle Reach only litter picks were carried
In the Lower Reach all the tree brash caused by the
high winds was cleared away and any brambles were pruned back and cleared along
This area was litter picked as well.
On the Dene Top we have dug out all the
brambles we could find along the south side of the main footpath and cleared
away building rubble and tree brash from the area.
Bramble runners and
blackthorn whips have been dug out from the east end wild flower area on the
north side of the dene top.
area has been litter pick and the plastic bags in the trees and bushes have
5 bags of Litter were
collected this month, most of it being beer cans.
of some of this work along can be seen on the March Photo Page.
Works Diary for May
We have had some mindless vandalism again this month, the
stone seat at the west end of the lower dene was damaged in places on 3
occasions. We cemented it up on the first occasion but the stones were ripped
off twice after that. At present the stones have been replaced and will be
cemented up later in June.
ladies of the Tynemouth and Whitley Bay Soroptimists did a morning’s planting
south side of the main footpath on the dene top.
had a site visit with the Whitley Bay u3a this month, this a guided tour
looking at the wild flowers in bloom and the work and improvements that we had
done in the Wildlife Site.
have also had school visit this month with Coquet Park School looking at the
did a bug hut with the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze which resulted in finding 4 new
the Upper Reach we have rebuild the stone seat 3 times as a drystone wall and
cut back the overgrowth along the burn. We have also cleared some of the
Rosebay Willow Herb from along the north bank and started to rebuild the willow
Middle Reach we have cut back the overgrowth along the burn and cut back some
of the Cow Parsley along the edges of the footpaths.
Lower Reach we have cut back some of the Cow Parsley along the edges of the
we have had 4 sessions of planting wild flower plugs along the south side of
the main footpath, and we have started cutting and clearing around the edges of
the car park.
2.5 bags of Litter were collected this month.
of some of this work along can be seen on the May Photo Page.