Volunteers do good work removing invasive rhododendrons

Yesterday morning I joined a party from Surrey Heath Tree Wardens clearing invasive rhododendrons from Lightwater Country Park.

Our work area was around the Hammond ponds, specifically the upper Hammond pond. The weather was kind to us, resulting in a happy and satisfied party. Some of the party will return this Saturday morning to continue the work.

Here are a couple of photos. One is of  Trefor Hogg, chairman of Surrey Heath Tree Wardens, and the other of the piles of cleared rhodos.

Surrey Heath Borough Council targets fly tippers

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the following on fly tipping,

Two fly tippers are £400 worse off this Christmas having each been issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Corporate Enforcement officers. [Click on image to enlarge]

Having received information from partners at Accent Housing, SHBC officers obtained CCTV footage which showed two individuals emptying the contents of a van of DIY waste into the communal bins at Wimbledon Road, Camberley.

The culprits, who cannot be named, were traced via the van’s owner, leading to a £400 FPN being issued to them both.

Accent’s Regional Housing Director, Rob Mills said: “This is a great example of collaborative working between Accent and Surrey Heath Borough Council. We will continue to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour, including fly tipping, across the Borough.”

SHBC’s Corporate Enforcement Manager Julia Greenfield said: “Earlier this year we launched a joint anti-fly tipping campaign with Accent Housing, and we thank them for their help in this case.

“Publicity for the campaign included leafletting areas that historically have been blighted by fly tipping. Issuing these Fixed Penalty Notices shows we are proactively targeting fly tippers.

“There is no excuse for people not legitimately disposing of their waste, and we will continue to take action against people who are caught carrying out this criminal act.”

Fly tipping can be reported at www.surreyheath/flytipping.gov.uk or by telephoning 01276 707100

Surrey Tree Wardens winter 2017 newsletter released

The establishment, in September this year, of Surrey Heath Tree Wardens has been reported here, see HERE also to learn more. They are members of the independent Surrey Tree Wardens group, which has been in existence since 2002, previously from 1987 till 2002  being funded and run by Surrey County Council.

Here’s the Surrey Tree Wardens Winter 2017 newsletter for your perusal.

Details of new garden waste collection service announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced that,

A new garden waste collection service will delivered across Surrey Heath from February 2018.

At a meeting of Surrey Heath Borough Council’s Executive on December 5, it was agreed that the new subscription-based scheme would operate fortnightly, at an annual charge of £40.

The Council-backed scheme will be operated by Amey, who replace Biffa, the current Green Waste Club operators.

The new cost, which is a reduction on the £57 a year charged by the Biffa scheme, includes the provision and delivery of a 240-litre wheeled bin. Subscribers to the existing scheme will be able to keep their current bin upon joining the new scheme.

New customers will receive a bin upon subscribing to the scheme.

Amey are the contractors for the new Surrey Heath waste and recycling collection service under the Joint Waste Contract, which will start on 5 February.

Managed by Joint Waste Solutions, this arrangement maintains a high quality waste and recycling service for residents in Surrey Heath, Elmbridge, Mole Valley and Woking, while saving taxpayers across the four authorities around £2.5 million a year.

The first contract of its kind in Surrey, it was part-funded by the Surrey Waste Partnership and supported by Surrey County Council as the waste disposal authority.

More detailed information on the new Green Waste Club scheme, and the Joint Waste Solutions service in general, will be issued to residents ahead of its implementation in the new year.

Places to recycle your Christmas tree for free in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce their 2017 Christmas Tree recycling scheme,

Decorating the Christmas tree

Following the success of the last year’s scheme, residents can recycle their real Christmas tree for free in the new year as part of a Council-run scheme – and help maintain the Borough’s parks at the same time.

Between 2-14 January 2018, we are running 15 drop off sites across Surrey Heath where residents can drive in and leave their ‘real’ Christmas tree in a designated area.

At the end of this period, the trees will be chipped and the resulting wood chippings will be used to replenish paths in our parks.

Last year, around 500 trees were recycled via the scheme, which helped restock paths in Frimley Lodge Park.

This event is being sponsored by an experienced local family-run company, Branch Management (www.branchmanagement.co.uk). Based in Bagshot, they cater for all aspects of tree care for customers across Surrey Heath.

Surrey Heath Business Portfolio Holder Cllr Craig Fennell said: “We were pleased that residents took advantage of this scheme in great numbers last year. It has several benefits, for residents, our parks and the environment in general, and I encourage people to use it once the festive period comes to an end.”

The sites where Christmas trees can be dropped off are:

Drop-off Location Postcode
Heatherside Park (near the recreation ground) GU15 1AY
Watchetts Road Car Park GU15 2UZ
Old Dean Recreation Ground GU15 4AF
Prior Heath Car Park GU15 1DA
Frimley Green Recreation Ground GU16 6JZ
Mytchett Recreation Ground GU16 6JD
School Lane, Bagshot GU19 5BP
Lightwater Recreation Ground GU18 5SJ
Windmill Field, Windlesham GU20 6QA
Clews Lane, Bisley GU24 9HD
Rosewood Way, West End GU24 9XG
Yorktown Car Park, Camberley GU15 3AU
Clarence Drive, Camberley GU15 1JT
Woodend Road Car Park, Deepcut GU16 6SD
Chobham Car Park, Chobham GU24 8LZ

Christmas trees can also be dropped off at Community Recycling Centres, or left out with your brown garden waste bin if you are subscribed to the scheme.

Restrictions apply: only real Christmas trees can be accepted for this event, and all decorations must be removed from the trees before they are left at the drop-off points.


Photo of the week No.40: Clashing Wave by Daan Olivier

How splendid to be able to post a Photo of the week by a photographer that I know.

Daan Olivier’s photo is of a clashing returning wave during Storm Brian, photographed at Newhaven, on 21st October 2017 at 1408 hrs.

Why so precise? Well, Daan reckons that luck, in photography, derives from precise preparation. To prepare for the photo of Clashing Wave, Daan tells me he studied the tide tables at Newhaven, also the wave action of the Clapotis Gaufre wave type. Now, don’t tell me it’s all luck. There’s an element of luck, but preparation is all.

Wikipedia describe Clapotis Gaufre as,

When a wave train strikes a wall at an oblique angle, the reflected wave train departs at the supplementay angle causing a cross hatched wave pattern known as the clapotis gaufré (“waffled clapotis”). In this situation, the individual crests formed at the intersection of the incident and reflected wave train crests move parallel to the structure.