Rubbish of decades cleared from green
If someone asked you what size skip you might need to clear Redland Green of the accumulated rubbish of decades, you would be unlikely to guess at eight cubic metres.
The Green generally looks so tidy (plastic sweet wrappers and bottles notwithstanding) that the rubbish lurking around some of its perimeters might not have been particularly obvious.
Yet this was the size of skip that was filled to capacity on April 29 after local residents participated in a “deep cleanse” organised by Redland Green Community Group (RGCG) and supported by Bristol City Council Parks Department. BCC Parks staff member Ben Brown brought the skip and a Kubota, or mini-digger, to the green and worked with the volunteers, making possible much more than we’d have achieved on our own.
About 20 local residents, and the Redland councillor Fi Hance turned out with wheelbarrows and sack trucks and a huge amount of combined energy. Ben set to work along the path from St Oswald’s Road with the Kubota, clearing the tangle of bramble and rubbish – which prepared the way for the volunteers to clear what remained by hand. While he did that, residents set to work on removing the rubbish from the woodland by the garages.
Julie Parker from Redland Green Community Group said: “Many hands make light work – five hours after starting, the green was looking as beautiful as it should, relieved of its longstanding burden of eyesores.”
What needed cleaning up?
Many in the area, and particularly the residents of Cossins Road, had long been vexed by an ugly accumulation of rubbish in among the trees in front of the garages at the Coldharbour Road end of Cossins Road.
This rubbish had been fly tipped there two or more decades ago, and included a rusting counter refrigerator, a microwave oven, many bags of building rubble and clothes, a bed base, a bathroom handbasin, many concrete fence post bases and a great deal more.
Julie added: “”This area does not belong to the council and while contiguous with it, isn’t part of the green. However, that technicality makes no difference to local children, for whom it is simply a play area.
"It was safe to conclude that as those responsible for this land have done nothing in two decades to get rid of this rubbish, they were not going to.”
Fly-tipping in the green behind some of the Coldharbour Road properties has, over some years, also resulted in a hazardous and ugly mix of rusting metal, bricks and building rubble, heavy concrete post bases, broken glass, cables, an old chain link fence, old carpet and a growing amount of litter.
Redland Green Community Group is made up of people local to the green, who love the green and want it to be a more biodiverse and beautiful place for people to enjoy.
To find out more about RGCG’s activities on Redland Green, please see their website: https://sites.google.com/site/redlandgreencommunity/