We made a vast improvement on the Isabel Trail with the litter picking last month, which took three mornings!
The mornings started with a good frost, then turned in to nice sunny days; not feeling too cold. Just three of us turned out on Sunday, but despite that we managed to cover from Doxey Road up to the Stone Road bridge, which I thought was a real good effort.
The Stafford Harriers came down the trail in training for the half marathon and quite a number of them gave their appreciation as they passed by. Several other passers-by also gave there appreciation for our work.
On Monday there was just two of us and we covered from Beaconside almost up to the Common Road bridge. A real bad patch by the refuse site took most of our time. The trail was getting in quite a bad state and our efforts have made a big difference. When it gets this bad people start treating it as a dumping ground, when its tidier it gets respected more. It is also good to see more and more people giving there appreciation.
I was on my own on Thursday. It took me four hours to complete the remainder of the trail - it was in a real bad state!
It appears we are becoming more recognized as we had quite a number of people stop and give their appreciation for our work and discuss the litter problem spoiling the route. So many people really enjoy the route and are appalled with the litter problem, they really appreciate what we do.
Streetscene had their sweeper working on the trail the other Thursday and Friday, so the whole route is now looking so much better for the time being.