Come and join us
Once a month through the spring, summer and autumn a group of volunteers meet to help keep the green in good heart for people and wildlife.
Along the way they get fresh air and exercise beside the river in good company, and leave with the warm glow of knowing that The Pits are very far from being the pits.
We’ve named them Harding’s Fensibles and their input and commitment is invaluable in making the community green a community area in every sense of the word.
Lunch — generally home-made soup and rolls — is provided as are coffee and tea and biscuits.
Time spent and the amount and degree of work accomplished is entirely up to each individual — it isn’t a boot camp, although we advise that boots, or at least stout footwear should be worn. This is not the occasion for designer clothes either.
Hand tools and thick gardening gloves are provided though some Fensibles prefer to bring their own.
We meet at the HPCA allotment HQ, see map below, at 10 am and work through to lunch at around 1pm. After a good break some go back to work — others depart.
We have drinking water available — although again most Fensibles prefer to bring their own. A lavatory and hand-washing facilities are on site.
So, what do we do? Inevitably the great bramble battle. The Pits produces some of the best blackberries in the town; so good that when the community green was set up all the locals demanded their continuance no matter what else was to be there. But that comes with a penalty and unless continually cut back these brutes would take over. That’s only a part. There’s general tidying up, which includes litter picking, (using appropriate equipment — supplied), raking up grass, some pruning as trees mature.
HPCA volunteers are fully insured and we have trained first-aiders on site, though we haven’t needed them. Yet.
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