River Stour Clean-up event – Sunday 1st February

river-stour-volunteersNext River Stour Clean-up event

Date: Sunday 1st February
Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start
Place: Bradley Road by the new Lion Health Centre
Parking: Good parking facilities there.

The Lion Health development has done work on the river beside the building (already rubbish in it!) but downstream there is a huge amount of rubbish which we have not been able to tackle. River permitting we are going to have a go this time.

We plan on using The Little Stour Warrior to help us. If we are unlucky with the weather and unable to get into the river we will park in the Bonded Warehouse area (check where you park, some areas are fiercely private) and try to deal with the really dreadful litter in the area between Bradley Road and the river, also around the Bonded Warehouse.

River/Eco friendly cleaning products

Organic-Ever-CleanOne of our volunteers has started a new business creating organic household cleaning materials, Called Organic EverClean. Much of what we use is not at all friendly to the environment or the river (where it often ends up!) Sonja is having a launch event with samples of her products at Graham’s Place in Wollaston, from 7 – 9 pm. January 21st. All are invited. She also offers house cleaning. I am going to send her letter separately as it explains her plans. I believe January is ‘Mother Earth’ day so she has chosen a good moment!

River Stour Sign

All rather quiet on the Council front. We have to believe that they are busy creating a fine sign to be situated on the bridge informing that the River Stour is below what doesn’t appear to be a bridge!

Storage Space

We are still looking for a safe dry convenient place to store our equipment and our boat (if possible). Quite a tall order but if you can help with this let me know please.

Hope you may be able to make the next event. I will confirm nearer the time.

Rosanne

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River Stour boat launch Photos – May 2014

A lovely Sunny morning, with lots of enthusiastic river clean up volunteers ready for action.

Geraldine Bray named the new boat the ‘Little Stour Warrior’ and she was launched down the slipway into the river – helping to haul out rubbish from under the Stour Bridge.  The pile of rubbish included 12 shopping trolleys!

Those who had brought seeds set to work cleaning out a gulley in a girder and planting seeds to cheer up a forlorn spot.

River Stour Event – Sunday 6th April

Stevens-Park-Wollescote

Next River Stour clean-up morning

Date: Sunday 6th April
Time: 10.15 for 10.30
Place: Ludgebridge Brook (map)

Parking: You can either park in the hollow at the bottom of Wollescote road (having passed Wollescote Hall on your left) or actually in the car park at Wollescote Hall. Contact Rosanne, if you’d like to know more…

Ludgebridge brook

Ludgebridge brook is a stream which feeds into the River Stour, the brook runs through very pretty woodland, under Wollescote Road and into Stevens Park, Wollescote, Stourbridge.  It eventually runs into the Stour somewhere around Bagley Street.

The area we are going to clean is off the Wollescote Road. (A gate on the right.. Hall on the left).

Masses of rubbish

We have cleaned masses of rubbish out of the brook in the past but never quite got to grips with the appalling rubbish at the top of the woodland and into Hilltop. There is also a bit of rubbish in the brook. It would be good if we could get at the rubbish before the vegetation starts to cover it. When we can be more certain of river depth and clarity we’ll be able to get back into the river.

Photo Competition

Last year we ran a photographic competition to get people down to the Stour. We also published a calendar from the photos entered. If we are to do this again we need help with the technical side! If anyone feels they could take this on could you please let me know, thanks (rosanneadams@yahoo.co.uk).

Boat Launch

Message from Rod: ‘our boat is almost ready to launch’!  We will have to find a name for her!

All the best and thanks to everyone for the tremendous support and interest in the project. Rosanne

River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 8th September

Bridge near Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath (Gordon Griffiths)
Bridge near Haden Hill Park, Cradley Heath
(Gordon Griffiths)

Next River Stour event and some update news

Date: Sunday 8th September 2013

Place: Bridge Street, Cradley Heath.

Time: 10.15 for 10.30

Directions: Take the Birmingham road if you are coming from Stourbridge. Continue through Lye and straight on to Hayes Park Road. Turn left on to Colley Lane to Bridge Street where we should be parked up on the right. There are some parking spaces in Little Crescent on the right just before the bridge and also at the tyre place on the left (ADM Tyres).

Task: This site was drawn to our attention by a Cradley Heath resident so this will be our first attempt to clean the river beyond our own area of Stourbridge.

The site is more difficult than any we have attempted so far as the river has rather steep sides and the vegetation is high and thick. There is Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed (all invasive species). Continue reading “River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 8th September”

River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 14th July

Date: Sunday 14th July

Time: 10.15 for 10.30 start

Place: Formula One in Lye (down hill on the right from Lye Cross)

River Update

We are getting close to midsummer and I’m hoping that people are helping to publicise the photo competition with posters and flyers 🙂 Continue reading “River Stour clean-up event – Sunday 14th July”

River Stour Event – Sunday March 17th

River-Stour-Rubbish

The next event will take place on Sunday March 17th  (unless you hear otherwise)

DATE: Sunday March 17th

PLACE: Bradley Road, below The Bonded Warehouse, Stourbridge.

This is off Lowndes Road off Enville Street which runs off the ringroad. Turn left off Lowndes Road and there are parking spaces just there. It’s a cul de sac.

TIME: 10.15 for 10.30

It is very bad there and there is lots of litter!