Cary's meadow is a large site opposite Broadland District Council's offices that has a profusion of wildflowers. It has a thin soil because it has been used as a rubbish dump in the past, but it is now a haven for wildlife.
Th team built this boardwalk over a muddy area to give access to the riverbank. Clearing of riverbank to allow more access for the public will continue.
Norwich Environmental Action Team
Every week we take willing volunteers out to protect and enhance some of Norwich’s many fine greenspaces - working in partnership with the City Council and Norwich Fringe Project. We also travel further afield supporting like-minded community and youth conservation groups.
All you need to do is book yourself a place and come with working clothes, stout footwear, packed lunch . . . and be prepared for the great British weather.
In the last 12 months our volunteers and staff have completed 1,708 workdays on 59 sites with tasks ranging from footpath construction to food-growing, litter-picking to habitat management.
Check out our current task programme here
Pond-dipping platform at Pigneys Wood
The team have been getting their feet wet out at Pigneys Wood near North Walsham, home of the the North Nortfolk Commuity Woodlands Trust.
Project Officer Debbie had never made a pond-dipping platform before, but the whole group was soon getting the hang of things. The platform, made of recycled plastic, will enable visting groups to explore the underwater world and see what minibeasts are lurking in the shallows.
You also see what the North Norfolk Group, who vist the site regularly, have been up to at Pigneys Wood by clicking here
Marston Marsh boardwalk
Plastic. Not the kind of material you might immediately associate with conservation activity, but it's proving a hit with walkers and visitors to Marston Marsh.
When the great British Weather turned part of the marsh circular walk into more of a bog than the locals could cope with, BTCV were called in to tackle the problem and turned their attention to plastic for the answer.
Now, after the extensive efforts of the Norwich Environmental Action Team, the site boats a brand new stretch of board walk - made out of longer lasting recycled plastic.
But volunteers have also been turning their hand to more traditional green tasks ranging from clearing invasive laurel from Lion Wood and birch and willow saplings threatening to take over Bryant Heath, to Hedgeplanting at Hethersett Ullswater.
They even went pond dipping at Poringland - clearing invasive Norfolk reed to keep this watery habitat in good order for the wildlife.
As well as construction projects (see above) the team also get involved in habitat management on a lot of sites in Norwich and further afield. One day it could be scraping back nutrient-rich soil to give rare heathland plants, another day it might be felling trees or mowing a meadow.
Here are a couple of volunteers clearing an area of scrub at Coopers Lane so that a Norwich scout group can use site as weekend camping ground.
Here are a few more pictures of us (mostly!) hard at work...