Not just nettles ... Litter!
Nettle growth is bad enough at this time of the year, and we have been out
clearing it wherever we are aware that it may be deterring people from using our
footpaths. But we are also coming across litter in some places, and that too is
a deterrent. A trip down Footpath 14 early in May required removal of nettles
(and other growth), but also generated a big bag of litter. When we tried to use
the path again a month later, the nettles had grown up again, so a further visit
was made to clear those. Disappointingly, the litter also seemed to have grown,
and a further bagful was taken away. We plan to have a full, town wide,
collection in the autumn, when natural growth has ceased and the litter can be
seen, but we have already started to identify and record the locations where it
Footpath 14 in fact runs alongside a school boundary, and it seems clear that
this is not unrelated. We have contacted the school, to see if there are things
we can do to stop the litter in the first place.
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