Last weekend I joined PTO for their first rubbish clearance of 2012. The weather was changeable to say the least and I got well dirty, but the results did us proud.
We had a good turn out on this occasion with people from China, Indonesia, Canada, New Zealand, a fair few Brits and the local J-crew. I was also pleasantly surprised to see both Mike Chan and Masyhur Hilmy (who were up in Tohoku with me) joining in too. Anyway, there is always room for more volunteers! If you are interested in poetry or conservation, come and join us next time on the Poet’s Mount!
The meeting place is normally Saga/Arashiyama Station at 9.45 am. You should bring your lunch and something to drink, and you should probably also contact organiser Stephen Gill in advance to let him know you are coming: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s the schedule for the rest of this year. This may be augmented with other events or adapted slightly as the year proceeds. Check the new PTO website for updates.
Apr. 7 (Sat.) Footpath maintenance
15 (Sun.) Brushwood preparation “
21 (Sat.) Footpath maintenance
May 5 (Sat.) Deer-fence repairs
19 (Sat.) Deer-fence repairs
27 (Sun.) Rubbish clearance *
June 3 (Sun.) Brushwood preparation “
16 (Sat.) Brushwood preparation “ (reserve)
Jul. 1 (Sun.) Fieldwork
14 (Sat.) Discussion meet “ (dinner afterwards)
Aug. (Management Committee meeting)
Sep. 2 (Sun.) Bamboo fence repairs “
9 (Sun.) Bamboo fence repairs “ (reserve)
16 (Sun.) Bamboo grove maintenance “
22 (Sat.) Bamboo grove maintenance “ (reserve)
Oct. 6 (Sat.) Pine forest maintenance
14 (Sun.) Rubbish clearance *
20 (Sat.) Footpath maintenance
27 (Sat.) Autumn Festival event (if wet, moves to 28)
Nov. 3 (Sat.) Pine forest maintenance
17 (Sat.) Pine forest maintenance
25 (Sun.) Rubbish clearance *
Dec. 1 (Sat.) Pine forest maintenance
15 (Sat.) Pine forest maintenance
Dec. or Jan. (Management Committee meeting)
* goes ahead except in heavy rain; all other workdays may be postponed or cancelled in the event of rain: if in doubt, best check with organizers on the day!
“ does not require any hiking