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Volunteers Needed…


Dear KTGC Supporters,

Hopefully you can see that our volunteers are doing a great job keeping the greens clear of litter and dog fouling and also looking after Ghost Wood.

However, we’re just looking for a couple of volunteers who live near the Harwich Road entrance to the field by the children’s play area, who would be happy to keep Porters Brook clear of litter to enable the water to flow freely.

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This particular section of the brook is just down the steps from the bus stop on the left. Our volunteers are happy to blitz the area and get on top of the situation but the project just needs help from one or two people who pass by this spot on a regular daily/weekly basis.


If you can help please email and someone will get back to you.

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Event Nearby…


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Dangerous Behaviour…

It’s been noted that in recent weeks
someone has created a bike racing track
through Ghost Wood.

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Moss has been cleared on the ground,
and obstacles positioned for ‘jumps’.

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There are also visible bike tracks
in the mud.


This is a highly dangerous activity
in an area enjoyed by
dog walkers and families.

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Colchester Borough Council are aware
and will be making the area safe.


Notices will be put up
and leaflets distributed locally.

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You are urged to phone the police
if you see any bikes on the slopes
or in the woods.


We have to put a stop to this
before someone gets hurt!


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Help Us To Keep The Green Clean…


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War on Dogs’ Mess…


(Click on image to enlarge).

This article appeared in the Colchester Gazette

on Monday 30th March 2015.

“A MUSICAL about the importance of clearing up dog mess is to tour Colchester primary schools as part of a new council clampdown on dog fouling.

Poo the Musical may even see Colchester Council wardens taking leading roles as part of We’re Watching You, its latest anti-dog fouling blitz.

The show will be launched at the end of April and focus on schools close to places with particular dog fouling problems, such as Greenstead, Mersea and Monkwick.”

For the full story click on the link to the article or on the picture above.

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Houston, We Have a Problem…

On a sunny spring-like February Sunday afternoon,

Greenstead Slopes should be looking a lot like this:

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However, this is the horror that I was faced with instead:

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It seems that our hard-working ‘Greenstead Wombles’ litter-picking team have been facing an uphill struggle these past few weeks with a rather unpleasant task. It’s not THEIR job to clear up other people’s dog poop but they’ve decided to at least bag it up in the vain hope that whoever is/are allowing their pet/s to foul our beautiful green spaces might just realise that it’s NOT acceptable.

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There are RED dog bins dotted about all around the area,

you can’t fail to spot them,

and much of the poop is deposited within a few feet of a bin –

which beggars belief!

You bring a pet into your household,
You feed that pet,
Your pet has a bum!
Your pet poops,

It really is that simple.

We are asking for responsible local people to help find out who is doing this

so that appropriate legal action can be taken.

Colchester Borough Council has a page on their website for reporting of fly-tipping,

so it would be a good idea to also use this form to inform them of dog fouling:

PLEASE help us to put an end to this disgusting behaviour so that we can all,

once again, enjoy these fabulous areas without worrying about stepping in something hideous.

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First Visit of 2015…

I’ve just taken a sunny but very chilly walk around Greenstead Slopes and Ghost Wood for the first time of this New Year. I saw lots of lovely birds due to the absence of foliage on most of the trees; robins, pigeons, a splendid jay as well as lots of pretty little other things flying about; however the downside to there being high visibility is that they can spot you a mile off. Subsequently I didn’t manage to capture much in the way of bird photos.





 (Click on photos 2, 3 & 4 to enlarge – you might spot a couple of birds).

Jack Frost has been busy and at noon there was still a bitter chill in the air. On the positive side this made the mud in the woods much firmer to walk on, although some of the boggier areas on the slopes were icy. I was quite surprised to see catkins out as I walked along the stream.




The council have been out chopping back all the flora on the slopes, which now looks a massive space, albeit relatively featureless. Hopefully it’ll all grow back in the spring.



It still beggars belief that some dog owners are responsible enough to bother to bag up their pet’s ‘leavings‘ but not quite responsible enough to walk a few yards to the nearest red bin. However frustrating though it is a little better than those who continue to allow their dogs to use the area as a public toilet.

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