Teamwork trims the green grass of home

Residents take a tea break

Residents take a tea break

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BROOKENBY was a hive of activity on Saturday as residents arrived in their masses to tackle overgrown grass in the village.

Liz Emms, who organised the project, said several areas of grass in the village had not been cut for over a year as the owners could no longer afford to have it done.

Liz said: “Here in Brookenby we are blessed with uninterrupted views over the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, but look in the other direction and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were on a run down, disused piece of grassland with grass up to one-and-a-half foot high in places.”

More than 30 people took part in the operation – including members of bands Mutual Term and UK Skunk.

The buzz of busy strimmers, brush cutters and mowers could be heard all over the village and the smell of freshly cut grass filled the air.

Slowly the transformation from overgrown unkempt patches of terrain to short tidy grass began.

People brought their own machines, two were loaned for free by Caspian Plant Hire, Grimsby, and Speedy Hire, Grimsby. I.D Fencing Services, Bucknall, donated two petrol strimmers for the day.

Liz said: “After an hour and a half of solid work everyone had a well-earned ten minute tea break. Those who came but were unable to help in the actually cutting for whatever reason, helped in other ways by making the tea and coffee and cooking, sausages, burgers and bacon ready for buns at lunch time.

“Some of the young ladies of the village volunteered to watch helpers’ children so the parents could get on with the cut.

“We were fortunate to have had dry weather for most of the day with even the odd burst of warm sunshine at times.

“There was a real sense of positivity and everyone worked with high spirits and one thing in mind, getting Brookenby tidy so everyone has a village they can be proud of.”