Our annual Spring Clean was organised slightly earlier than usual so that we could align some of the litter picks with the national “Clean For The Queen” campaign.
Sunday 28th Feb
On Sunday 28th of February, 2 of our volunteers collected 5 bags of rubbish from the passageway near the old Post Office. There is a lot more rubbish in the area but it is on private land and so outside of our jurisdiction.
Monday 29th Feb
We were delighted that 6 of the volunteers were new – and we would be pleased to welcome them back at future litter picks.
We would like to thank the Yorkshire Building Society, and Gary in particular, for their support on this litter pick.
We would also like to thank the Co-op at the Texaco Petrol station for providing hot drinks to our volunteers.
Wednesday 2nd March
Despite the cold, windy weather (rain + hail & snow) eight hardy individuals met at Bank Square on Wednesday 2nd March. We focussed on the surrounding area and the Leisure Centre. 22 bags were collected altogether and left in Bank Square and at the Leisure Centre for the council to collect.
It was good to see 2 new volunteers.
Many thanks to Delta Watch from the Wilmslow Fire Brigade who also came along to support us. See the wilmslow.co.uk article about firefighters helping clean for the queen or Wilmslow Guardian Firefighters Article articles for more details.
We would also like to thank the Slug and Lettuce on Water Lane for offering to provide hot drinks to our volunteers.
Friday 4th March
Heavy snow caused the cancellation of our planned litter pick in Lacey Green on Friday 4th March.
Saturday 5th March
Despite the weather, our litter pick on Saturday 5th March went ahead. 8 intrepid volunteers turned out along with another welcome appearance from the firefighters.
Thanks to Dean Row Community Centre, and Derek in particular, for allowing us to use their facilities for our make hot drinks and biscuits. We collected 20 bags plus a bicycle wheel and part of a sweeping brush.
We are going to be talking to the Riversie Group to find out if we can get any more support for the Colshaw Farm estate (e.g. local resident’s groups) because the amount of rubbish is quite daunting.
Sunday 6th March
The final litter pick was on Sunday 6th March. 7 volunteers turned out on a nice sunny afternoon and collected 12 bags of rubbish. We covered the Sainsbury’s / Hoopers car parks, the raised flower beds near BP, the shop fronts on Alderley Road and Gorsey Road.
Thanks to Costa Coffee for offering to provide drinks to our volunteers. We didn’t take up the offer this time as it was Mother’s Day.
The weather tried its best to disrupt us – but it was still a very successful week. We collected about 85 bags of rubbish during the Spring Clean week. As well as the regular volunteer base we also had help and support from some newbies, some local comminity groups and some local businesses (either helping pick litter or profiding refreshments). We also did our bit for the national “Clean For The Queen” campaign. Well done everyone and thanks for your hard work.