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Summary Of Spring Clean 2017

We held 4 litter picks during the 2017 Spring Clean Week.  We collected at least 61 bags of litter + some recyclables – so a brilliant effort all round.

Wilmslow Clean Team Spring Clean 2017 Adlington RoadSome sparkling weather was welcome on Monday 27th March. 2 new volunteers (Alison and Sara) were amongst the 10 who met at Wilmslow Garden Centre. This was a new venue for us. We collected 24 bags plus 3 bags for recycling. We also alerted ANSA to the carcass of a badger on Stanneylands Road. We covered Manchester Road (from the Blue Bell crossroads north to the boundary with Handforth, and the woodland near this boundary), Dean Drive, Courtney Green, the Arthur Boon park, the un-named cul de sac adjacent and Stanneylands Road (between the hotel and the Styal parish boundary at Linney Bridge, and for some distance up the hill beyond the boundary). Because we have never covered some of this area before there was a lot of very old, deep-seated, litter, especially in the woodland around the park, and down the cul de sac road past the building used by the Army and Air Force cadets, towards the railway viaduct. We heard from a passer-by that someone is regularly fly-tipping drink cans down there.

On Tuesday, one of our volunteers, Sheila, collected 3 bags and a wheel trim on Alderley Road (and the surrounding streets) between the bypass roundabout and the Kings Arms. Donkey Lane and Fulshaw Park.

Wilmslow Clean Team Spring Clean 2017 The Carrs8 volunteers met at the Parish Hall in the evening on Wednesday 29th March. We were pleased to welcome another new volunteer (Julie). We collected 10 bags and some recyclables. We focussed on surrounding area including The Carrs, Cliff Road, Styal Road and Bollin Hill. We then headed off to The King William for a drink and a chat.


7 volunteers gathered at the Unicorn Pub on Adlington Road on Friday 31st March. We  collected 12 bags of litter from in and around the Dean Row area.  Again – this was a new location for us. We covered Lees Road (on both sides down as far as the Wilmslow boundary), Adlington Road (down as far as Browns Lane and then into Cross Lane), Chapel Road and Woodford Road (down as far as the Wilmslow boundary). It was great to welcome 2 local Dean Row councillors : Ian Furguson and Frank McCarthy.  We would also like to than the landlady of the Unicorn for kindly offering us tea or coffee which we enjoyed when arrived back at the pub.

Wilmslow Clean Team Spring Clean 2017 SinsburysOn Sunday 2nd April, 5 volunteers met at Sainsbury’s and we were so pleased to be joined by a 12 year old girl who had read about the Spring Clean and brought her mum along – what a star!  We collected 11 bags altogether. We would like to thank Sainsbury’s for the free ice creams that they brought out – very welcome on a warm afternoon. Thanks to the Coach & Four for the offer of free teas – most of us had to dash off – so apologies if no-one turned up. We also heard that Ruth and Rod had collected a bag of litter from in and around the Rectory pond and from the wilderness by Sainsbury’s car park – much of which they took home to recycle.

Many thanks to everyone who helped during the week either on the organised litter picks or individually.  It was especially nice to welcome some new volunteers.  Thanks also to the local businesses who offered us support (parking, refreshments etc).

Litter Picking Summary 6th -> 9th July 2016

wilmslow clean team bank square litter cleanOn Wednesday 6th July, 10 volunteers (including two new volunteers from Yorkshire Building Society – Michelle and Rebecca) met at Bank Square and collected 14 bags of litter. Some bags of flattened cans were taken away for re-cycling.

The areas/roads covered included Bank Square, Grove Street, Swan Street, Station Road, Green Lane, St Ann’s Parade (and the service road behind here), part of Alderley Road, Leisure Centre grounds (and path behind that leads to railway station), Station forecourt, Broadway Meadows car park,  the un-named link road to A34 by-pass and roundabout by Polar Ford, the passageway between Broadway and Parkway, Grove Avenue, Hawthorn Lane, Kennerley’s Lane, Albert Road, Victoria Road and Chapel Lane.

Other volunteers collected an additional 3 bags of litter in various parts of Wilmslow including Gravel Lane, Knutsford Road and Priory Road,

Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society for their help with the litter picking – and their involvement in the dramatic rescue of a hedgehog at Wilmslow Leisure Centre.

wilmslow clean team tesco express litter cleanWe asked Tesco Express if they would arrange to clear the rubbish which has accumulated over many years at the foot of the external fire escape metal staircase. The issue is that litter has been pushed through the railings which guard the staircase, so is totally inaccessible without the gate being open, but which is also highly visible. Fortunately, the gate was open today for some maintenace work. A member of Tesco’s staff, Sharon, took immediate responsibility and said she would clear the litter immediately. 2 of our volunteers, Colin and Chris offered to help, and, between us all, we filled 4 bags (see photo)! Sharon said she would now keep an eye on this area and clean when necessary, each time the maintenance engineer arrives.

Finally, in an eventful morning, another of our volunteers, Sally, picked up a donation of £295 from Waitrose as part of their “Community Matters” programme.  We are very grateful for this money as our funds were running a bit low.

On Saturday 9th July, 4 intrepid volunteers braved torrential rain and litter picked in and around Lacey Green Park.

7 bags of litter were left for collection by the Barlow road entrance to the park and some flattened cans were taken for re-cycling.

So – 24 more bags of litter removed from the streets of WIlmlsow. Well done everyone!

Thanks once again to our volunteers and to the businesses who support our efforts.

Litter Picking Update – 13th February 2016

wilmslow clean team feb 16 altrincham roadSeveral of our volunteers do stirling work themselves inbetween our 2 formal monthly litter picks.  A great example this month was a tremendous haul of litter and rubbish collected by Ann in the area between the Honey Bee and Morley Green nursery.  This extra effort was to tidy up the part of Altrincham Road that the team couldnt finish on the Saturday litter pick.  She also collected a bag on Knutsford Road.  All the rubbish was taken to Sainsbury’s car park and the coucil were notified for collection.

A brilliant effort – well done.

Litter Picking Summary 4th->7th November 2015

wilmslow_clean_team_drawing_nov_15_litter_pickOnly 3 volunteers were available for the first of our 2 scheduled November litter picks on Wednesday 4th.  We met in Bank Square and covered various roads in the area including, Grove Street, Altrincham Road, Parkway, Sainsbury’s Car Park, Alderley Road, Albert Road, Victoria Road, Kennerley’s Lane and Hawthorn Avenue.  We collected 4 bags altogether.


Wilmslow Clean Team Nov 2015 Young Helper4 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Saturday 7th along with our youngest ever volunteer (who not only helped pick litter but also drew a brilliant picture of the Clean Team in action).  We focussed on Altrincham Road from the edge of Wilmslow down to the airport tunnels. We also did a short section down Morley Green Road.  Altrincham Road is the litter picker’s gift that keeps on giving – it is always really dirty down there despite it being scheduled in for a Clean Team pick 4 times a year.  We think that most of the litter must be being discarded from vehicles.

wilmslow clean team november 2014 litter picking haulDespite the relatively low turn out we still managed to collect 10 bags of rubbish which were left at the bus stop by the Airport Inn (the council have been informed and will collect).


Party In The Park 2015

Wilmslow Clean Team had a stall at “The Party In The Park” in the Carrs on Sunday 21st June 2015. Our volunteers were around all afternoon mannning the stall and picking litter.  We spoke to a lots of people including a few who are interested in getting involved with our litter picks.  New volunteers are always welcome – we don’t expect people to turn up to every event – it’s on an “as and when you are free” basis.  We also enjoyed talking to the children about the impact of dropping litter.

We had a competition to win a teddy – which has been handed over to the lucky owner of ticket number 4 (picked out by a Rotary member).

Thanks to everyone who came to see us – and help us raise £23 towards our bags and equipment.

A few of our volunteers returned to the Carrs this morning and cleared up some of the remaining litter.  We collected 5 bags over the 2 days.

Litter Picking Event Summary – Saturday 20th December 2014

6 volunteers met in Bank Square on a wet morning for our last litter picking event of the year.  As well as being a busy morning for Christmas shoppers it was also Artisan Market day – so hopefully our presence in the town centre was noticed and we might attract some new volunteers.  We decided to do an hour’s pick today (rather than the usual 2 hours) but we still managed to collect 9 bags of rubbish and the odd hub cap. This has been left in Bank Square for the council to collect.

We covered various roads in and around the town centre including Bank Square, Grove Street, Station Road, Alderley Road and Water Lane.

We all then retired to Hawthorns Deli for a nice warm drink, some cake and good chat.

Well done everyone and hope to see you all in the Coach & Four on Monday night for our Christmas drinks.

Litter Picking Event Summary – 3rd -> 6th December 2014

The first 2 of our December litter picking events have gone well – with at least 20 bags of litter collected.

7 volunteers met at the Kings Arms on Wednesday 3rd December.  2 volunteers concentrated on the grounds of the disused Remenham council offices (owned by Cheshire East Council until March next year) – particularly the boundary fence bordering Alderley Road where large quantities of litter had been dumped over the fence.  Various home made advertising boards that had also been thrown over the fence were also collected up.  The other 5 volunteers covered the surrounding roads including Albert Road, Victoria Road, Sainsbury’s car park and the hedge opposite the BP garage.

5 volunteers met at the Honey Bee, on a bright and frosty morning. on Saturday 5th December.  We covered Altrincham Road (between the airport tunnels and Nansmoss Lane) as well as Morley Green Road.  We collected a staggering amount of rubbish, over about a mile of road, considering we have done this area before.  A total of 15 bags of rubbish were collected. This has to be down to people throwing litter out of their vehicles.  In addition to the litter we also collected old road signs and vehicle parts.  It was interesting litter picking with a hard frost – a lot of the litter was frozen to the ground!  It was nice to welcome a new volunteer too.

Our next pick is on Saturday 20th December.