What a load of rubbish!

Land off Bramston Street c1949
Land off Bramston Street c1949

Have you noticed most people get really angry if they see an area where someone has dumped a load of old rubbish?

You know the kind of thing I mean: old tyres, mattresses, remnants of unused cement, old wood and the remains of some DIY job where the householder is too idle to take the leftovers to the council tip.

Brighouse council tip is almost my second home with the weekly garden rubbish during the summer. What a great team of people it is that work at the Atlas Mill Road recycling site. Nothing I have found is too much trouble.

When it’s busy a couple of the staff swoop on your vehicle and by the time you get back to it they have emptied your bags for you.

But have you noticed very few people seem to complain if it is garden rubbish? How many times have you been out and about and seen people trundling across roads or into farmers’ fields to dump their grass cuttings, weeds, dead annuals or the disused grow bag and its contents?

I have a feeling that many are the same people who complain about the other DIY type rubbish.

Here is a cleaning up party of youngsters from the old Rastrick Common School who were caught on camera in April of 1949.

It was in the spring of that year Mr GH Parr, a member of the school’s staff, had the idea of landscaping a neglected and untidy piece of land.

Even in those days you could not suddenly turn up on a piece of land and get on with it. Mr Parr had to consult the Borough Parks Superintendent Mr AE Garnett.

It was decided after much deliberation that a sloping piece of, well, a plot of land that was barely anything other than wasteland would be the piece the lads could go to work on. In no time at all the land began to take shape.

The lads from Rastrick Common School were doing a good job. With help from the parks department staff and Mr Parr, the lads planted well over 300 rockery plants.

It has been many years since that venture into the world of gardening and working on the rockery overlooking Bramston Street, which has also long since disappeared.

I am sure the boys, who for most it would have been their first effort, will not have been forgotten.