It’s been a busy Autumn for our group of dedicated volunteers with a focus on traditional hedge laying techniques. A joint task with the National Trust saw volunteers creating dead hedges at Gibside to stop debris from washing down a steep bank into the river.
While willow weaving was the order of the day on the river bank at Corbridge where volunteers re-enforced the bank using their skills in this traditional art to prevent it from washing away.
Down in South Tyneside we joined with SurfersAgainstSewage to host an autumn river clean up at Monkton Burn. This saw more than 20 volunteers, including a great turnout from the local community and workers from the local Balfour Beatty site, spend a few hours in the river clearing out rubbish which people have dumped.
In total, we collected over 50 bags along with multiple scooters, a headboard from a bed and a lawn mower!
We were also busy supporting the #Plasticfree Ouseburn campaign to help the Ouseburn go plastic free. As part of this we spent a sunny morning clearing this tributary to the Tyne and also found a childs bike!
Thanks again to all of the hard work from our fantastic volunteers.