The offical online newsletter of the Parish of St. Brelade, Jersey
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Summer 2009
News Stories
New 15 bus service
Furze fire danger
Corbiere 'Springwatch'
Connetable Message
Hon. officer retires
Volunteers needed
Thanks to Mailmate
Shopping local
Parish in Bloom
Twinning Association
Maison St. Brelade
Mont Nicholle
Award for LeQ School
QGardens update
Walk raises over £3k
On the catwalk!
Quennevais RFC
'Out of the blue
Battle of Flowers
Letters to Editor
Letter from France
'Its a family policy'
Jersey Archives
Reg's Garden
A big thank you
BBC feature Corbiere
Good turnout despite poor weather
by Margaret Holland Prior

After months of planning, working with Sarah Scriven of BBC Radio Jersey and Tim Liddiard of Environment Department, States of Jersey, many volunteers promised to come out on Sunday 7th June, 2009 to undertake conservation tasks at Corbiere headland for BBC Spring Watch.
We knew how fickle the weather can be and we awoke to dark threatening skies, full of rain. It got no better and at Corbiere, sheltering by the Radio Tower, we discussed the likelihood of few actually turning up. Shall we cancel – shall we go ahead? It was touch and go!
However, by 10.30am the car park was full, the Scouts and Guides had arrived and we had a good team from Eco Active and we were going ahead, except that there would be no work pulling out invasive Hottentot Fig for Health and Safety reasons – we didn’t want anyone slipping and going down the cliff in the wet weather.
It was not possible for the various environmental groups to put up their stands but we were very grateful for their presence and their help in the work we decided to undertake that morning. BBC Radio Jersey battled against the elements to broadcast but after an hour they gave up. The wind and rain buffeted the equipment and our voices were swept away.
The team of the strong and fit from Eco Active and the senior Guides descended to La Rosiere Bay and cleared away much rubbish, pallets, lobster pots and plastics which were then carted up the seventy odd steps to the top. We had many Brownies, Guides and a good contingent from 10th St Brelade Scouts, who worked on bracken clearance. A smaller group went off to do a litter pick on The Railway Walk, where they found a broken glass patio door, a discarded lavatory cistern and the usual smoking debris, sweet wrappers and boxes and drink containers. By twelve noon, dark clouds were massing again, so we called a stop, and left for a well earned hot bath.
Many thanks to all who took part; to Mike Stentiford of The Jersey National Trust; to Eco- Active; to the Guides and Scouts; Durrell Conservation Trust and Jersey Trees for Life. Thank you Co-op for the delicious bananas, to St John Ambulance for their attendance, and to Mr Tony Perkins of Battle of Flowers and to Miss Battle of Flowers for coming to cheer us on and for giving every volunteer a walking pass to the Battle. Thank you BBC Radio Jersey for your support in helping keep our Island special.
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