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Speckled Wood spring-cleaned

Ore Community Land Trust have done their spring clean of Speckled Wood, even turning up an abandoned kitchen sink. They report on a heavy job well done.

Speckled Wood in Ore had accumulated debris from its past uses as allotments, pig keeping, housing and dumping ground, so it was no mean feat to give it a clear-up.

With thanks to a skip donation by Hastings Borough Council, which acted as a catalyst, we have huge appreciation to those that helped along the way.

The brilliant Conservation Volunteers (TCV) headed by Tim Hill spent two days with us, dragging and piling up heavy bits of rubble in readiness for ‘Skip Day’. It was a hard slog, but there was a thrill on the second day as we found the kitchen sink to add to our collection of ‘everything but…’.

Coupled with some broken but serviceable chairs and an occasional table from the Wood, some freshly brewed tea and donated cup cakes, we had a lovely morning tea break in the sun, facing a small clump of daffodils and a huge pile of rubbish behind us.

Skip Day last Saturday was blessed with more good weather, and we had a lovely crowd to lift the rubbish into the skip and do a general litter pick.

Although there is more to do at some point, please come and enjoy Speckled Wood when you can.

Many, many thanks to Parker’s Building Supplies for generous donations of equipment, French’s Skips for accommodating our needs, Chris Fellows and all the volunteers.

Keep updated on our information and newsletters etc by visiting our website.

On Saturday 1 April members of Ore CLT will be joining in neighbouring Heart of Hastings CLT’s April Fun Day. On Saturday 8 April the organisation will hold an extraordinary general meeting to complete the process of becoming a charity.

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Posted 15:14 Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017 In: Campaigns


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  1. Ms. Doubtfire

    This heap of rubbish did not happen overnight – it is obviously some many years accumulation…why didn’t the council make some attempt to clear it up long ago? Well done to all those dedicated volunteers who have literally done the council’s job for them.
    And shame on those who dump their rubbish wherever they find convenient.

    Comment by Ms. Doubtfire — Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017 @ 09:46

  2. Ore CLT

    Thank you to every one who helped out on this and thank you to Hastings Online Times for your continued support

    Comment by Ore CLT — Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 @ 02:08

  3. li’l megs

    Excellent article ! Thank you Hastings Online Times. Well done to everyone concerned and a massive thank you to all the volunteers.

    Comment by li'l megs — Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 @ 14:17

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