Sunday 31st January – Close Park Flood Clean Up Event

After having to cancel the Close Park follow up event on the 17th January due to heavy snow – we were disappointing to see that Storm Henry was due to hit the region today.

On arrival at Close Park this morning, the rain was solid and heavy…

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So we did a quick walkover survey of the area of riverbank which we wish to clean up, and soon found that the mild weather had encouraged the Giant Hogweed to sprout early – making it impractical for us to continue safely with the event.

A flurry of phone calls allowed our volunteers a few extra hours in bed, and a day off.

After seeing how much hogweed is beginning to germinate – it looks unlikely that we will be able to complete our clear up of this area until we have sprayed the area a couple of times to knock the hogweed back… its just too dangerous to ask volunteers to work in this area.

See the pics below

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close park hogweed

However this didnt prevent us from cranking up the kettle – and finding time to wish Phil Clayton and Mike Green a happy birthday.

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The four of us who did get out early doors to set the event up had a good conversation about how we will continue our work to help restore the area.. and decided that until we can make significant inroads into eradicting the Hogweed there is no point in continuing working from the Radcliffe side of the river – access is just too unsafe.

So apart from our Hogweed spraying team – we will not be asking volunteers to return to Close Park for the foreseaable future.

We can instead access the worst parts of the flood litter via Springwater Park (the opposite bank) and we will be looking to clear up the flood debris from the Island once the weather improves and river levels permit acceess

Take a look at this picture which shows the extent of the damage/debris

 

close park flood

Please come and join us for our next volunteer event “Love On The Dale”  Feb 14th 2016 at Kersal Dale in Salford. Click this link for details

 

 

We held a very successful flood clean up event on Sunday the 10th January, where we cleared away tonnes of rubbish from the river banks of Close Park in Radcliffe.

However, at the end of the day we realised that there was still loads of rubbish which still needed to be cleared.

We have decided to repeat our clean up event on Sunday the 31st January (weather permitting) and would love it if you could join us for a few hours to help restore an amazing riverside park.

The event will be starting at 10am – the meeting point being the purple gazebo on the football pitches of Close Park next to the river. Post code M26 2QD

close park clean up

Please wear boots and old clothes…. we will provide gloves, litter pickers, hot drinks and cake for volunteers

If you would like to take part in this event – please let us know by sending a short email to volunteer@merseybasin.org

Here is a link to the location of Close Park – showing the location of the gazebo

close park

We need your help – so please join us for a few hours and make a difference

Irwell Flood Debris