Cutting back for parkrun

by Frank Lamerton

THE FRIENDS OF SOUTHWICK COUNTRY PARK met up for our normal last Tuesday of the month day on the 27th August. Richard from the council was in charge of our band of volunteers.

We signed the necessary Health and Safety sheets and were then told what our tasks were for the morning. To my delight the task was to cut back all low hanging branches from trees and cut back brambles and nettles etc all along the entire path from the entrance at the carpark all the way along to the corner where the path turns right into the woods.

the entire path from the entrance at the carpark all the way along to the corner

I was delighted as this was a task mainly for the benefit of the parkrunners, especially the tall ones!

We split into groups of 3/4 and off we went. The first group set about cutting the big conifers back just along from the entrance to the park. Others started to cut back brambles etc a bit further on. Clive, who has the special long saw, was busy moving from group to group, likewise Ian who had the long handled loppers for the high up branches. Others were busy cutting back with loppers and shears.

long handled loppers for the high up branches

Another task was pulling everything we had cut down into any spaces in behind the hedges we could find. By the time coffee break had arrived we had done just over half the path. We needed sustenance badly. Of course I was in charge of the biscuits. 

After our break we set off to tackle the second half of the path and cut back really hard around the parkrun start and wet start area. 

cut back really hard around the parkrun start

We eventually finished the whole path and it always amazes me how much a group of 8 or 9 volunteers achieve in 3 hours. Also we found out to our delight that the contractor who cuts the grass around the park cut the grass all along that path we had cleared right into our new hedge line.

the contractor had cleared right into our new hedge line.

A bonus for us. It was good to do something specifically for the benefit of the park runners. I just hope they appreciated what the FOSCP do for the Country Park.

parkrun pictures by Cathy Warner


Frank Lamerton is a regular parkrunner:



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