Make full use of the leaves that fall every Autumn
Bristol has many trees in parks, on estates and beside the roads. In the Autumn the leaves from all the deciduous trees fall to the ground. The leaves in paks and on estates can be left where they land to create compost and mulch for the trees. Creatures live in this leaf litter. Trees that grow beside the roads drop their leaves in Autumn and create several problems when they do so. The pavements become covered in leaves and are very slippery when wet or in icy conditions. The leaves by the side of roads block drains causing flooding if the drains are not kept free from leaves. My idea is that the council apply for funding to buy special leaf collecting machines to be used every Autumn. With a team of wildlife / local volunteers the machines could then be used to 'hoover' up the leaves very quicky on a daily basis until the leaves have all fallen. The leaves can then be composted for local use instead of causing problems. The volunteers could be trained in the same way as the snow wardens in the use of the machines. Community areas can created to take and compost them for local use. It would prevent all the important nutrients in the leaves being wasted.
Why the contribution is important
Flooding is a real problem in many cities especially at this time of year and it is made worse by the annual leaf fall. (Parts of Pembrokeshire were flooded recently and council workers were sent out ot try to clear the drains.) Working together to help use the leaves can bring local communities together with a sense of purpose.
by user761526 on November 21, 2013 at 05:18PM