Bulwell Forest in busy week of action initiative

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Bulwell folk have been busy this week doing litter picks, cycling, walking and toddling in a week of action.

The collaborative project has included volunteers from various groups devising the Bulwell Forest Week of Action to clean-up the area, have fun and raise awareness within the community about what is on offer in the district.

The programme included the Bulwell Forest Walking Festival with a history walk, litter pick, walk with a volunteer from the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, dog walk and a family friendly guided walk amongst those being offered free of charge.

These have been jointly organised by TravelRight, Bulwell Forest and Rise Park Action Group and Nottingham City Council.

The event has been running all week and culminates tomorrow, Saturday with the Fun on the Forest day which runs from 1-5pm.

This event is organised by volunteers and there will be a free bouncy castle and lots of stalls from cakes to toys and fun activities taking place.

“The brochure of events taking place in Bulwell Forest ward that is going to every resident shows how much there is going on in our community,” said Coun Alan Clark. “We so often hear people say that there is nothing to do - this week showcases how engaged our community is.”

A number of residents from the Rise Park area took to the streets on Tuesday to clean-up an area behind the shops and on the former Kwik Save site.

“We collected 2.7 tonnes of rubbish in just a couple of hours,” said Rise Park Action Group chairman Paul Bakajsa. “The area was becoming an eyesore but it was the gateway to the Rise Park estate so we decided to tackle it as part of the week.

“I’m delighted that seven volunteers turned up to dig deep and help out.”

One resident who has recently moved to the area thought the initiative was commendable.

Doreen Kirkby said: “It’s a great community-led event that makes the area better for everybody and I’m pleased to get involved.”