It may be early in the year to be thinking of collecting pea sticks and bean poles, but that was one of the perks to persuade people to join a working party at Lynchmere Common to help clear scrub birch, gorse and brambles.
More than a dozen people, including several from the new allotments by Shottermill Ponds, set to with loppers, saws and secateurs to clear an area of the common.
A pile of potentially useful cuttings were left to be sorted in the coming weeks while the rubbish made a huge bonfire which burnt brightly for a couple of hours. More rubbish will be used to start the fires needed to make charcoal.
Mark Allery, who was in charge of the day, was pleased with the work that was completed. He added that around 200 years ago there were 38 broomsquires in the area, all of whom would have needed the birch that was being cut to make their besom brooms.
The next volunteers’ day is on Sunday, January 22 when Roy Wolfe will be leading the work at Stanley Common from 10am-midday. For more information call 01730 821290.