In order to help secure the preservation of this green space, The Friends Group organises regular litter collections in the Fields. These were interrupted for a year because of Covid, but our most recent litter pick was held in April 2021, as lockdown restrictions began to ease.
Due to the enthusiasm of our new committee members, we had the best turn-out to date, over 40 people! We could not have hoped for better weather and there was a feeling of exuberance as families set off in their groups armed with litter grabbers, gloves and plastic sacks. Because of the increased number of volunteers, a job that normally takes all afternoon was pretty much completed in an hour and a half! Children were able to squeeze under bushes where adults couldn't reach, and the strong players from the rugby club tackled the larger pieces of junk that find their way into the Fields.
Having all been deprived of so many activities for a year, we all relished the opportunity of being outside on a beautiful day working towards a goal. It really was an amazing team effort. Thanks must go to Wardie School for advertising the event. We had parents and school children, local residents and team members from both Broughton Rugby Club and the Dunedin Connolly's Gaelic Football Club.
Thank you to all our litter-pick volunteers!
Watch this space for news of the next one!
After a year of lockdown, during which the Playing Fields have provided a lifeline for local residents' daily exercise and dog-walking, and as a children's playground and place for teenagers to let off steam, there was of course an increase in rubbish. Many of you might be aware of the 'den' that has appeared at the north end of the Fields, created from various kitchen units and old chairs. The Friends Committee has taken the decision to tolerate this for the time being, as we appreciate that there is not much fun for youngsters at the moment. However, we do appeal to the young people NOT to cut down any more trees or branches to create a bigger space.
Unfortunately, on the evening after the litter pick someone had a party, smashed bottles around and started a fire that required a fire engine call out. Thanks go to Eleanor for tidying up after them!
Again, can we appeal to everyone to be vigilant about litter and vandalism? If you witness anything untoward, please call the police to deal with it. We want the Playing Fields to remain open to all and enjoyed by everyone as a valuable green space in the city.
We'd love to see you at our next litter pick event. Bring your own gloves, bin liners and picking sticks if you have them.
Please observe social distancing.