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Calne brook clean-up down to shear hard work
Volunteers picked up their wellies, gardening gloves and shears to help cut back overgrown vegetation at Abberd Brook during a community clearance on Saturday.
The clean-up was organised by The Friends of Abberd Brook, who were established in 2010, and have helped to restore and develop the area in Calne over the years.
Chairman Francis Bosworth said: “Hills Waste supplied the skip and we picked up a skip full of vegetation from the banks. Wiltshire Council strimmed on the Friday and helped prepare the start of the brook.
“It’s looking reasonable. We haven’t done all of it because it’s a long-term project, but we’ve started to remove the excess vegetation from the bed and the banks.”
There will be clean-ups on the second Saturday of each month to help improve the condition of the brook and the group are looking for more eager volunteers to provide extra muscle.
Vice chairman Frank Rumble said: “We have been working together for quite a while and we just got on with it. Certainly looking at the parts we’ve done you can see where we’ve done it, but there’s still a lot more to be done.”
The group has now received Lottery funding to decorate the second half of the Prince Charles underpass and will be working with local school children and residents to design this. They also plan to put some new nature trail posts in place and a seat near the pond.
For more information visit www.fabrook.org.uk. To volunteer phone (01249) 824722 or 07952 943179.
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