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May has been a very busy month, with lots of different work undertaken and done,
A lot of it has been spent doing repairs after the latest bout of vandalism, which has included damage to the rubber matting on the play area and reattaching the play area sign to the playground on the village hall site.
In fact it feels like we have been under siege with the amount of antisocial behaviour.
The most time consuming and expensive repair has been to replace and attach the new padlock to the all-weather pitch gate, this padlock has been under attack since the last school holiday and in the end it was smashed off .Now only time will tell how long this new and more heavy duty lock will last ?.
In fact the all-weather pitch is being vandalised almost constantly, this can be having the prikka strips smashed off so the kids can then climb over or the bolts that hold the fence together being loosened and then the metal fence being bent back to gain access, Or just having glass beer bottles smashed on the playing surface.
We have replaced the broken and missing prikka strips and made a start repainting anti-vandal paint on the top of the all-weather pitch fence.
We have also had one of the bird boxes in the nature area smashed of the willow tree it was fixed to; luckily it wasn’t being nested in at the time.
Also some new graffiti has been painted on the skate park.
The work on the wild flower beds on the memorial meadow project have now been completed with all five of the beds being sown with the appropriate seed mix and if all should go to plan it should look great for the opening on the 4.8,2014
I have also been trying to keep on top of the grass cutting on this project which has been very hard work because of how uneven the ground is.
Over a three week period of working on this project Mark has been bitten twice by two different dogs, not enough to draw blood but enough to leave bruising.
I don’t think this is acceptable.
I have now taken out the old winter planting on the main street car park planters and replaced it with a sowing of pot marigold seeds after the success I had with them on the planter in front of the garage. I have also finished re-mulching our other planted areas.
I have also done the best I could trying to repair the fence on Back lane play area where the kids have broken it down.
It wouldn’t be a grounds man report without a mention of dog fouling; it is still rife in some areas and better in others.
Nearly all of the Hilton dog walker’s signs have either gone missing or have been vandalised.
That is all for this month.
Thank you for your time.
SAM BEVINS (HEAD GROUNDSMAN TO H.P.C)