This week we set out to tidy up three car parks.
The first car park was possibly the worst and quite a way out across the moor. We loaded up the equipment we would need including a strimmer and the tractor mower.
We set off to the car park and found a large amount of litter left all over the place, enough to fill a large black sack, despite the “Please take your litter home” signs. This highlights something we have covered in Countryside Tourism with visitors leaving litter and someone having to clear it up.
While I collected litter the other two chaps set about mowing and strimming the areas of grass around the car park, the mower being used for the large areas and the strimmer for going around posts and fences and verges.
Then we set off across the moor again to the next location.
At the next car park I drove the mower and mowed a large area of grass next to the car park and a play area behind the village hall. This was very easy due to the mower having rear wheel steering which allows for very tight turns to be made. One thing to be aware of is that after some recent rain the mower can become stuck easily as the tyres do not have a heavy tread.
We finished here and then moved back to the car park in Exford and this time I was using the strimmer/brush-cutter to tidy up around fence posts and edges and trees.
With this work done we had lunch and after lunch set out to do some paring on local footpaths. This work is carried out several times during the summer and ensures all undergrowth is cut back from footpaths to ensure they are all usable and accessible all through the year. We were using hedge trimmers and a brush-cutter to clear the paths.