Volunteers tackle a thorny problem

Just Regional
Nov 16, 2022 2 mins read

Local conservation volunteers have been busy cutting back bramble along much-loved footpaths near Eaton Park and along the River Wensum.

They used brushcutters and shears to clear along pathways in Bluebell Wood so that people can still enjoy access to nature right on their doorsteps. 

The work was carried out by The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and supported by Norwich City Council.

NATURE’S FINEST: Volunteers take a well-earned break during their work at Bluebell Woods. PHOTOS: STUART BEARD PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Webster, TCV’s project officer, said: “The strip of woodland along Bluebell Road in Eaton is valuable habitat for a wide range of wildlife, and cutting back the ever-encroaching bramble also means that the bluebell flowers for which the site is famous will be able to thrive again next year. 

“Clearing the bramble follows on from an earlier task day where the group repaired the steps that make the site more accessible from the street. 
“Even on a misty autumn day, it’s cheering to think about how this area will be a sea of blue next spring and we know that many local people enjoy walking through these woods all year round.” The group will be returning to Bluebell Wood in December, as well as working on most weekdays in and around Norwich. 

If you know someone who would enjoy joining in with TCV’s friendly, mixed group, you can contact Mark via or by calling 07740 899 691. Full details of the group’s upcoming tasks are listed at

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