On Monday afternoon, just as party-goers & revellers at Lord De Ramsey's estate were winding down a hard week-end's partying complete with fireworks, glitter filled "fly by's"
paint-fights, & dancing to more bands than you could count on forty pairs of hands, & SO many other activities to keep the visiting "gardeners" blooming busy, members of 1st Ramsey were stepping up a gear to salvage kit that was no longer wanted by some of the 30,000 friendly visitors who dropped in to party it up in Abbots ripton.
We spent around 8 hours grabbing pop up tents. gazebo's , chairs, sleeping bags, sleeping mats & more tents packing them away & storing them back @1stRamsey HQ to be sorted, cleaned & put to use by you lot!
....& it was a heck of a lot of FUN!!!! ..we met some lovely people & had a cracking time, even though we were supposed to be there to work!
We hope that @SecretGardenHQ will have us back in 2015, when we will be more organised to grab, save & recycle even more kit which can be put to good use amongst the local scouting community!
Special thanks to "Si" one of the organisers who despite clearly not having slept for days (perhaps weeks) due to busy preparation of this amazing yearly local event (which draws in people from all over the uk) for meeting up with us & escorting us speedily onto the site where we were able to sort through some useful kit for our packs use on future camps & fund-raising events.
We haven't sorted through our booty just yet, but we will have saveda few car bootloads of kit from landfill, helped tidy up a bit by taking away somebody else's "perfectly useful" rubbish ...re-using & recycling.
There was so much more but we ran out of time as dark got the better of us, however, like my dad said, local music events are a golden opportunity for organisations such as scouting & guiding to obtain kit with just a little bit of work, one that local scouting administration is missing out on, it helps us & it helps the festival site, & it saves good stuff from being buried in landfill, if someone from county or Gilwell is reading this help us help ourselves & the environment.
I am definitely going to the secret garden party when I am a bit older.