On Saturday 10th September, the Nature’s Gym volunteers will be joining forces with ChArt to carry out some much needed work in Chinbrook Meadows. Work will involve, clearing the small pond area, cutting back the reeds and clearing some of the nettles the banks. Our good friends at Rivers and People have been doing quite a lot of work here, but we thought we’d lend them a hand.
A little bit about ChART
ChART stands for Chinbrook Action Residents Team and is one of 150 Big Local projects set up around the country. Each project had at least £1m each to make a massive and lasting positive difference to their communities. Big Local brings together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live. Big Local is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and managed by Local Trust. Nationally they work with a range of partners to deliver Big Local, building on the skills and experiences of others to provide expert advice and support for residents.
The Nature’s Gym volunteers arrived to a Chinbrook Meadows that was bathed in glorious sunshine. It was a truly beautiful Autumnal morning and the perfect day to be outside. The group had plenty to do, from clearing bankside vegetation to pulling up nettles from the boardwalk. A few volunteers also braved the river to clear back some of the over hanging branches.
They managed to clear the overgrown pond and hopefully this work will bring it back to life with new and exciting creatures. The volunteers are planning to have another session in Chinbrook Meadows on 24 September 2011. If you are interested in taking part or finding out more information, please contact Lara Al-Jabi
Chinbrook Meadows was recently awarded a Green Flag for the sixth year. Green Flag awards recognise well-managed parks and open spaces that are there for all to enjoy. The Green Flag awards were launched in 1996 to recognise and reward the best green spaces in the country. Even now it continues to provide the benchmark against which our parks and green spaces are measured. It is also seen as a way of encouraging others to achieve high environmental standards, setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.