Reclaiming Macey’s Lane
On Thursday 2 February, local Hartcliffe residents pitched in to take back their area, cleaning up Macey’s Lane and its surrounding green space.
Over the years the path, regularly used by school children and dog-walkers, has been abused by people dumping litter and fly tipping.
The residents felt it was time to take back the area, clean it up, discourage anti-social behaviour and encourage everyone to discover its hidden natural treasures.
Other partners involved in the Bristol Clean Streets campaign include Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership, Upjohn & Tewther Community Group, Bristol Waste and Dundry & Hartcliffe Wildlife Conservation Group.
Hayley Ward, resident and Neighbourhood Partnership representative said: “I am involved in reclaiming Macey’s Lane because it is a wonderful green space where children should be able to play safely without the threat of dangers like needles or the risk of rat bites. I feel if we all work together it will make the area a much nicer place to live.”
Hannah Stopford, Community Empowerment Officer added “It’s great to see the community come together and take action to clear up the area, making it a place they can be proud to call home. This clear up is just the beginning of the journey to improve neighbourhood sustainability and help residents feel good about the area in which they live.”
The longer term aim is to open up other parts of the space and start a Forest School where young people would have regular opportunities to develop confidence through hands-on learning experiences in the natural environment.