Column: Help clean up village’s green spaces

8 March 2017.....A set of oak lock gates are transported along the Chesterfield Canal  aboard Chesterfield Canal Trust's boat 'Dawn Rose' pulled by two volunteers before being unloaded onsite of the works. Picture Scott Merrylees
8 March 2017.....A set of oak lock gates are transported along the Chesterfield Canal aboard Chesterfield Canal Trust's boat 'Dawn Rose' pulled by two volunteers before being unloaded onsite of the works. Picture Scott Merrylees

The Killamarsh Conservation Group has recently been set up to tidy, manage and conserve the smaller green spaces within the village.

It was begun because the two founder members, Stephen and Eva Thompson, were concerned about the amount of rubbish that littered the footpaths and green spaces in the village.

The aim of the group is to make Killamarsh a nicer place

The aim of the group is to make Killamarsh a nicer and more pleasant place for the residents.

The group consists of a small core of volunteer members who are occasionally helped out by members of the public.

They are not full members but they are interested in helping with the work being done and go along to lend a hand on the day.

The conservation group is independent of any other group, charity or business and has no paid workers.

They hope to meet up at least twice a month to tidy clear and maintain the chosen areas. Anyone is welcome to join in and lend a hand.

The work undertaken by the volunteers can be varied. A recent litter pick along the Cuckoo Way, (The Chesterfield Canal old tow path), was a success and was well attended by group volunteers, members of the public and local councillors.

More recently the group, with the permission of the land owners, began trimming back overgrown shrubs and bushes in the Memorial Garden on High Street, Killamarsh, in order that the local flora which had died off due to lack of light and moisture can re-establish itself.

Some of the green spaces that the group would like to improve and manage are little more than overgrown, rough ground full of weeds and rubbish.

When cleared, these areas will need re-planting with native plants and shrubs, but funding to pay for this work is to be sourced and applied for as the group does not have a regular source of income.

The work can be physically tiring but is fun and worthwhile.

New members are more than welcome,

Anyone wanting to join can contact the group secretary at killamarshconservationgroup@gmail.com for more details.