30 Days Wild: Day 14-24 Shameful tardiness.

I know, I’ve been really bad and not posted ANYTHING wild for AGES. but don’t think that we haven’t been wild. Oh no. Far from it. Our wildness has continued and here is what the hound and I have been up to…


Day 13 was a trip to Manchester and some big skies over the Etihad Stadium. Proof you don’t have to have mountains to create a majestic skyline.

Sometimes, nature gets damaged by carelessness – unintentional or deliberate. Either way it’s a sad thing to see. On our walk one morning down the disused railway line/cycle track, we encountered deliberate damage to the birch trees as branches had been pulled down across the track. There was also evidence of fire setting which has been noted in local social media recently. Fortunately, it’s easy to report these incidents as anti-social behaviour, and the branches have now been removed and the incident logged with the community police.


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A murky morning again on the railway line/cycle path. The skyline seems to build in layers, fading to grey. If I had the skill, I’d love to paint it.


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Grass is brilliant. There is so much variety in meadow grass. And later in the summer, it will be tall and golden and when the wind blows, it will rattle with the dryness of the seed heads.


About 2 years ago, Walsall Council seeded the island in Clayhanger  village with poppies. The results are just stunning and so many insects are attracted to it. The island puts on an impressive display and the place is humming with more than one variety of bees.

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I love this tree. It reminds me of fairies and goblins. There ought to be a secret door round the back somewhere! You could almost rest in the boughs.

And, finally, day 24. After several attempts to grow snap dragons, I find one growing between two quarry tiles. I didn’t put it there. It must have been dropped by birds, or blown there. Typical of nature.


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  1. Tim J Kitchen · June 26, 2016

    Hi Helen, You’ve taken some great photos along the old railway track. Just a pity a yobbish element wants to spoil it by setting fires and breaking branches. We cleared up the ones in your photos as we are trying, in spite of the negativity of some organisations that should be encouraging us, to make the track accessible to all users. To this end we have started a campaign with a website at http://www.backthetrack.org.uk and all positive publicity gracefully received. Cheers, Tim

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  2. brian Stringer · June 26, 2016

    Hi. As an ex Clangerite I love your blog , but would you mind doing me a favour. As you may be aware we are currently in a battle with Sustrans to keep the track open as a pleasant walk for all. They want to let it grow back to the tangle of shrubbery it was 18 months ago. The main stick they are beating us with at the moment is ASB with the suggestion that it is our fault because we opened the track up. They choose to ignore the fact that they’ve had to cage a bridge in Pelsall and that access to the track is easy from a play area on the Ryder Hayes estate, so suggesting it’s Pelsall yobbo’s and not our own yobbo’s. All 3 local Counsellors and Mp Wendy Morton are helping us, by trying to go above Sustrans, to Network rail so we can get permission to carry on our work there. With a bit of funding we can try and block any motorbike access and the more we can encourage usage we can make improvements.Yes we knew about the fire and it was us that removed the damaged trees, because we are desperately trying to diffuse Sustrans ASBO argument. So we’d like you to play it down a bit as it were. I know we are being a bit cagey (some would say devious) but we really want to create our own little oasis for us all to enjoy. We usually travel the line daily and if we see anything we try to play it down ASAP. I hope you understand. Brian Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 22:51:46 +0000 To: bestring@hotmail.co.uk

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    • madwblog · June 26, 2016

      Hello Brian, thank you for your comment. I understand your position and respect your wishes. I wouldn’t want to put a spanner in the works! Although should I come across any ASB in the future I shall report it in the usual way through the ASB line and 101 if it’s relevant.
      The incident I mentioned was the first one I have reported in the 4 years I have been regularly walking the track. Proof that the use it has is genuine and respectful I would say.
      Tim has taken up my offer to meet so I could do a piece for the blog. I will only do what you would like me to, so if you and Tim would like to meet with me, let me know. In the meantime, I shall continue to enjoy the line on my walks with the hound.
      Thank you for reading madwblog and for getting in touch.


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