On the recycle path

PUBLISHED: 11:53 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 20:19 03 May 2010

HUNDREDS of people in St Albans are recycling unwanted goods rather than committing them to the rubbish bin. And now Christoph Lutz, who is moderator of the group, the StAlbansfreecycle network, is looking for more like-minded members Christoph, a web de

HUNDREDS of people in St Albans are recycling unwanted goods rather than committing them to the rubbish bin. And now Christoph Lutz, who is moderator of the group, the StAlbansfreecycle network, is looking for more like-minded members Christoph, a web designer who lives in Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, has been running the group since summer and it has grown to almost 600 members. He said: "The whole thing is based on the old adage that one person's trash is another person's treasure. The StAlbansfreecycle network's goal is to slow down the flow of rubbish into our landfills by connecting people who want to get rid of old stuff with frugal people looking for free stuff." Anyone wanting to join the group can sign up on line at http//uk. groups.yahoo.com/groups/StAlbansfreecycle or by following the links on www.freecycle.org

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I should probably have taken the hint! Walking out into the garden recently an unprecedented flock of thirty or more crows raucously greeted me from the treetops at the bottom of my garden. Cawing and croaking these big, black birds clung clumsily to the top most branches and twigs, jostling and flapping to stay balanced in a constant flurry of feathers. There is always something ominous about crows – they are after all carrion crows, the vultures of the bird world – always watching for scraps and weakness that might mean their next meal.

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