The work party which met on 6th April cleared the banks and stream of rubbish between Love Lane and the Hormare area. In that short stretch of the Storr, in less than an hour, six large bin bags were filled with cans, bottles, plastic, cardboard, broken toys, metal scraps and other discarded items.
In addition, a supermarket trolley and a car tyre were removed from the stream. Then on 4th May the work party cleared that part of the stream to be used for the duck race. This time the rubbish, as well as cans, bottles etc. included a forty gallon drum, a corrugated iron sheet and a bicycle.
All this is just a symptom of how careless we can be in treating the world in which we live. Until the present, the consequences of our behaviour haven’t seemed to affect our way of life to any great extent. So we haven’t changed, though there have been those who have warned that we have to change if major problems are to be avoided. Now we are seeing those warnings were only too accurate.
It is a global issue. The resources used by this country and the pollution we generate are small proportions of the world totals. It is easy to say that what we can do to improve will not make much difference. But if we are to persuade other countries, especially the major polluters, to take action we have to set an example. We led the industrial revolution, now we can lead the environmental revolution if we have the will. We have the wit.
We meet again on 1st June at 10.00am in the Glade to continue the work of path clearance. We have to keep undergrowth and overgrowth at bay for the benefit of walkers. As usual, those interested in finding out what we do are welcome to come and see, and perhaps fail to resist the temptation to join in.
We hope the duck race was enjoyed by all, free of debris.
For information about this and all our activities, or on becoming a member, please get in touch with Chairman Mick Denness on 01903 745971, or see our website www.storringtonconservation.org.uk/.