On Tuesday 10th July, we were joined by a group of around 20 budding volunteers from Newquay Tretherras School. They helped us with the never-ending task of pulling Common Ragwort on the footpath bordering the Gannel Estuary, near Crantock. We managed to collect around 54 bags of the plant, toxic to horses and livestock, by turning the task into a challenge to collect as many bags as possible within a time limit. Everyone’s competitive sides shone through, especially the teachers! So after an hour and a half, we ended up with a huge mountain of bin bags, full of ragwort!
After the children had eaten lunch we headed over to Crantock beach, where we litter picked the high tide line. Even the teachers enjoyed themselves,using our beach litter crates to sledge down the dunes. The children managed to collect around 8 bags of litter on the beach, and even though they must have been tired at this point, they managed to finish the day with a picture.
Throughout the day, the clouds were looming over us, but that didn’t dampen spirits, even when it started drizzling on the beach! Massive thanks to all the students and teachers for their hard work. It’s a real task to keep on top of the ragwort so it doesn’t spread so its great when we get help from local communities! I think we may have underestimated how well the group would do, as the van was totally stuffed full of ragwort and rubbish they collected!
Written by Eve, on a 2 week work experience placement with the National Trust and Cornwall Wildlife Trust.