October 27th 2018
The City Council, in their debatable wisdom, have closed the skip that was open on the 3rd Saturday of each month. The residents and others have found this amenity invaluable over the years and closing it down will no doubt have repercussions by the increased amount of fly tipping that will inevitably add to the already growing problem throughout Worcestershire.
The City Council have once before tried to close the skip, but pressure from residents and Cllr. Lynn Denham with other protesters, made them back down. Unfortunately the eye was taken off the ball when the Friends of Diglis Fields assumed the role of guardians for the fields including the skip area allowing the City Council to finally close it down.
There were promises that the skip area would be a small overflow car park for the Diglis fields but that the third Saturday in the month skip would continue. This promise seems to have been broken leaving the Diglis residents with nowhere to get rid of rubbish that cannot be taken by the usual refuse collectors.
It now seems that there is a review in progress following concerns about health and safety! Click here for the official version.
Sep 19th 2018
We are hoping that we have seen the last of the illegal camping on Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve after the intervention of Jabba Riaz. Let’s hope that the campers have been rehoused sympathetically.
Lots of mess to clear up though.
There are now two fires every night burning on the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve, each needing wood that they are ripping off the trees.
September 6th 2018
A few days ago a local resident and dog walker saw the illegal campers leaving Cherry Orchard Nature reserve with their tent and rucksacks, approx seven or eight of them. They were camped near Duck Brook; the others who were camped near the model train field seem to have gone also.
We will keep an eye out and if they return then we shall go through the whole procedure again; we shouldn’t have to put up with having our local Queen Elizabeth II protected reserve ruined by these people.
Over the last few days there have been a number of men ( their English is not very good) who have set up an encampment on the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve by the road next to the model railway on Waverley Street. They have started a fire and are getting louder as they drink more. They are breaking branches from the trees to feed the fire.
There has been some rain recently but the Nature Reserve is still tinder dry. The fear is that the whole lot could easily go up in flames again. They are on the area where the slow worms are in abundance.
The problem has been reported to the City Council via their website; ref number TRB1728075. It remains to be seen if the Worcester City Council takes action?
13 July 2018, relief at last for the rain starved Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve
Today, Monday 7 May 2018. Four swallows flying low over the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve. Hope this year there are enough flying insects to keep them here all season.
On Monday the 16 of April 2018. Heard over the Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve.