Indeed, at one point during the week, plans had been afoot to cancel or find an alternative work site due to heavy rainfall flooding part of the Ock Path and the immediate vicinity. Fortunately the area had dried out sufficiently and this was not necessary.
We assembled in the nearby car park as usual ready to get on with the morning's tasks. Session leader Eleanor instructed us accordingly, with a litter-pick being the priority. In addition, the removal of some dangerous willow branches close to the path was also on the agenda.
Splitting into smaller sub-groups, we got underway, keen to keep moving and stay warm in the cold conditions. There was as expected, much litter to clear and divide into recyclables and non-recyclables. There were also some unexpected items recovered, including a set of bicycle wheels, a car bumper and the obligatory supermarket trolley!
A brief pause for refreshments notwithstanding, we worked solidly throughout the morning, filling up many refuse sacks and improving the environment considerably. It was good to be back after the winter break and continuing our good work!
|Assembling in the car park|
|A large patch of ice adjacent to the Ock Valley Walk|
|An elder bush sprouting leaves following the recent warm weather|