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Cleaning the Loop

The Friends of the Fallowfield Loop will be holding a rolling clean-up on the Loop on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November 2013.  All are welcome to come along and help out!  Please see our Events page for further details.

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On the first May bank holiday weekend (Saturday 4th to Monday 6th), the Friends attempted the most ambitious clean-up we have ever organised, working along the whole length of the Loop from Debdale to Chorlton-cum-Hardy, and taking advantage of the late spring to reach well into the undergrowth on the side banks. Although the agreed timetable slipped due to the weight of rubbish towards the eastern end, we managed to cover almost all the sections eventually. 27 helpers took part over the three days, as well as the Whalley Range Scouts, and we removed up to ten car-loads of rubbish, separating out cans and bottles for recycling as we went. This was a worthwhile but sometimes unpleasant task, and we received many expressions of appreciation from passers-by. A suggestion from one of them was that we should have our own tailor-made ‘Who’s Working?’ signs to give us greater recognition, and we are looking into this. Again our thanks to all who took part, and especially to Dick Venes for devising and organising the weekend. We hope that it will help Rangers to continue to keep their sections of the Loop cleared, at least on the immediate verges.

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All welcome to this from 10.30 a.m. onwards, either to do a spot of work or just to view the site and chat!  The location is just west of the entrance to the Loop which is on Sherwood Street, Fallowfield.  Here is a map
The main job is to do a preliminary clearance of the undergrowth on the proposed orchard site – brambles, saplings and other growth – and possibly to mark out where the planting holes might go. There is also some rubbish collection from the Sherwood Street entrance to do. Please bring tools relevant to these tasks if you can.  Suggested tools are: saw, cutters, shears, spade, rake.  Please also wear suitable shoes/boots and gloves.  The orchard site is under the Wellington Road bridge and across the bridge over the stream immediately to the right.

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Volunteers from the Friends and from the Sale and Altrincham Conservation Volunteers at work near the lattice bridge, during our work day today.  Meanwhile other tasks were being done nearby to clear litter and prepare the ground at the site of the planned community orchard near Crayfield Road.


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As part of our Levenshulme community orchard project, we are holding a work session on Sunday 19th February, based at the Crayfield Road entrance to the Loop in Levenshulme, from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m.

The major part of this session is to tidy up the area of the old Levenshulme station site and adjoining bits of the Loop towards Errwood Road and the Highfield Park lattice bridge.  We will also be marking up the orchard site for location of the fruit trees.

All are welcome to help with litter-picking and other small tasks, including explaining what’s going on to passing Loop users.  The Friends will provide litter-pickers and rubbish bags and have some strong gloves available (but please bring your own gloves if you can).  We recommend suitable footwear for rough ground.  Secateurs and/or loppers may also be useful.

We welcome your help, however much or little time you have available.

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