Big tidy up in a bid for village nature reserve

Friends of Horseshoe Hollow doing a tidy up of the nature reserve. LFrom left - Luke Saunders 10, scout leader Stephen Lockwood and Tommy Saunders 14 of 1st Ruskington scout group, measuring the gateways. EMN-150407-111604001
Friends of Horseshoe Hollow doing a tidy up of the nature reserve. LFrom left - Luke Saunders 10, scout leader Stephen Lockwood and Tommy Saunders 14 of 1st Ruskington scout group, measuring the gateways. EMN-150407-111604001

Community-minded volunteers collected six bags of assorted rubbish in a litter picking session around a village beauty spot.

The newly-formed Friends of Horseshoe Hollow held the tidy-up session involving 18 volunteers on Sunday June 28 in the area of Ruskington which they are working towards designating as a Local Nature Reserve.

The team of volunteers for teh litter pick at Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-150407-111412001

The team of volunteers for teh litter pick at Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-150407-111412001

Ruskington Parish Councillor Mike Sutterby, is one of the organisers and said it went pretty well.

He said: “Waste collected ranged from electrical conduit, broken bottles, cans, plastic sheeting, metal strapping and building debris. Afterwards we went to the Scout Hut for a snack and drink with cream and strawberry scones, cake, tea and coffee, all provided by the Friends.”

Children from Winchelsea School made some marker flags which were used to pinpoint dog mess and broken glass, alerting specially prepared pickers to handle properly.

Additionally members of the 1st Ruskington Scout troop carried out some valuable survey work in gathering information for future planning detail. This involved measuring the length of mesh fencing around the perimeter of the site and measuring gateways.

Mr Sutterby said: “We are talking about putting in some bird friendly hedging in places which we hope to get from the Woodland Trust and plant in the autumn.”

He added: “We are getting our act together to establish this nature reserve, but there is quite a lot of work to do. This is a start and everyone is very enthusiastic and participating. Hopefully it will carry on.”

The Friends have been allowed to use the Scout hut for future meetings, which will be notified by email.