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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 Рyou 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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