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Litter Picking Summary 6th + 9th September 2017

We hit some really horrible weather for this month’s litter picks – but still managed a reasonable haul of litter.

3 volunteers met at Wilmslow Leisure Centre on Wednesday 6th September and we collected 6 bags in the surrounding area.

7 volunteers met at Summerfields on Saturday 9th – a very good turnout considering the heavy rainfall. We focussed on the surrounding area including Colshaw Drive and the path down to the bypass. We collected 10 bags altogether.

So – 16 bags in total.

Let’s hope for some kinder weather in October.

Litter Picking Summary 3rd->6th May 2017

6 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Wednesday 3rd May. We covered Altrincham Road from Waters down to the airport tunnels, the area around The Airport Hotel and the closed off road nearby. We collected 9 bags, a bucket, 3 full tins of paint and a dead squirrel !   The fly tipped material on the land belonging to Manchester Airport is still there despite us reporting it to them some months ago. Thanks to Leanne from Holiday Inn Express for her ongoing support. Many thanks to John and James at The Honey Bee for the free coffee afterwards.

Another volunteer, Viv, went out on her own and collected 2 bags from Priory Road, Gorsey Road, outside Gorsey Bank School, Broad Walk, Hawthorn and Alton Road.

Wilmslow Clean Team May 2017 SainburysA fantastic turn out on Saturday 6th May.  12 volunteers met at The Leisure Centre. We spread out in all directions and covered most of the town centre including Alderley Road, Grove Street, Manchester Road, Sainsbury’s Car Park, Parkway, the area around the railway station, Macclesfield Road (up to Daveylands) and part of Daveylands. We collected at least 17 bags plus a few recyclables. We left 6 bags in Sainsbury’s car park for the council to collect – along with 2 fly tipped shower doors, a suitcase, some metal spikes and a sewing machine.  The other bags were left at the Leisure Centre and in Bank Square.

Tesco Express Wilmslow Mess This photo shows how bad the stairwell area is at Tesco Express. Let’s hope they clean this up soon.




Thanks to everyone who helped with the May litter picks. We collected 28 bags altogether in May along with other bits and pieces.

Litter Picking Summary 1st->4th March 2017

wilmslow clean team summerfields colshaw litter pick march 2017On Wednesday 1st March, 14 Clean Team volunteers met up at Summerfields for the first of our 2 scheduled March litter picks. We also invited “Riverside/Your Place” who kindly sent along a team of 3 to join us.

The riverside team came in two trucks and concentrated on the Colshaw Farm estate.  The Clean Team ventured far and wide – eastwards along Dean Row Road as far as the roundabout with Handforth Road, all around the Summerfields housing estate, down the slip road to the A34 bypass, down the footpath towards Wilmslow town centre, along Manchester Road, between Blue Bell crossroads and Styal Road junction, and along Stanneylands Road as far as the hotel.

A massive haul of 59 bags which we could not have acheived without the help of Riverside.

wilmslow clean team town centre litter pick march 201711 volunteers met at the Leisure Centre, on a bright and sunny morning, on Saturday 4th March, as part of our support for the Keep Britain Tidy’s  “The Great British Spring Clean”.

We covered the town centre including the Leisure Centre area, the path from the station to the High School, Water Lane, part of Altrincham Road, Alderley Road (and some of the side streets), Macclesfield Road, Sainsbury’s car park, the gardens behind Hoopers, and Broadway,

We collected 20 bags altogether.

As always, it was lovely to welcome some new faces to our litter picks.

An impressive total of 79 bags collected over the 2 scheduled March picks.

We will carry on the good work in the annual Wilmslow Spring Clean which runs from 27th March -> 2nd April

Litter Picking Summary 4th->7th January 2017

wilmslow-clean-team-litter-pick-lacey-green-jan-2017For the first scheduled litter pick of 2017, 4 volunteers met in Lacey Green on Wednesday 4th January and collected 9 bags of litter, 1 bag of sand, and assorted bits and pieces. The Park was covered along with parts of Barlow Road, Twinnies Road, Egerton Road and Cliff Road by the Parish Hall.

In addition, one of our volunteers, Ann, collected 2 bags on Knutsford Road.

wilmslow-clean-team-litter-pick-leisure-centre-jan-201711 volunteers met at the Leisure Centre on a damp and murky morning on Saturday 7th January.

We focussed on the town centre including the Leisure Centre car park and pond areas, Alderley Road, Manchester Road, Mill Street, Church Lane, Parkway and Sainsbury’s car park.

Parkway was very dirty and so was Sainsbury’s car park. We will need to find out who is responsible for maintaining the car park and surrounding bushes. We may need a further blitz there in the Spring Clearn which we are planning for March.  There was one car park spot where a dozen half filled bottles of water had been thrown into the bushes – presumably someone likes to go there every day and throw their bottle away.

We were really pleased to welcome 2 new volunteers – newcomers are always welcome – there never seems to be a shortage of litter!

We collected a total of 24 bags, some recyclables, a broken traffic cone and a shopping basket.

So – a great start to 2017 with 35 bags collected.

Litter Picking Summary 2nd->5th November 2016

Wilmslow Clean Team Leisure Centre Litter Pick Wednesday 2nd November 2016Perfect weather attracted a total of 15 people to the Leisure Centre on Wednesday 2nd for the first of our 2 scheduled November litter picks.

We were really pleased to be supported by 2 local businesses : 3 new volunteers (Elinor, Leam & Ella Pearson) from Q Hotels (Mottram Hall) and 2 of our regular helpers (Michelle & Rebecca) from the Yorkshire Building Society. Massive thanks for your help and on-going support.

New volunteers are always most welcome and it was nice to welcome Joseph for the first time too.

We focussed on the area immediately around the Leisure Centre, Sainsbury’s car park, Manchester Rd to the viaduct and Water Lane up to and around the Police Station.

21 bags of litter were collected altogether which is a fantastic effort.

The most unusual finds of the day were a set of reasonable quality metal Boules (which we dropped off at a charity shop), a used pair of female knickers (which we didn’t !) and a stick like ball thrower.

6 volunteer’s met at The Honey Bee on Saturday 5th November and worked along Altrincham Road down to the airport tunnels.

A total of 11 bags were collected along with 1 bag of recyclables. Another good effort.

One very unusual and alarming find was a carrier bag hung on a tree that was full of diesel!

So – altogether we collected 33 bags at our 2 November picks

Well done everyone – hope to see you all in December.



Litter Picking Summary 7th->10th September 2016

wilmslow clean team litter pick leisure centre 10-SEP-165 Clean Team members met in Summerfields carpark on Wednesday 7th September. We were joined by 6 staff from the Riverside Housing Your Place project.  We focussed on the area around Summerfields, Colshaw Drive etc.

In total we collected a massive haul of 24 bags of litter plus various items such as part of a kitchen worksurface, a curtain rail, a bicycle wheel, a hubcap.

8 volunteers met at the Leisure Centre on Saturday 10th September.  We focussed on the Leisure Centre – including the pond area which is currently being rejuvenated to attract wildlife. We also tackled parts of the town centre including Sainsbury’s car park, Broadway, Parkway, Alderley Road, Knutsford Road etc.

We collected 15 bags of rubbish altogether and some recyclables.  We also discovered some kitchen units that had been fly-tipped in the trees separating the two parts of Sainsbury’s car park – we have informed the council.

So – an impressive 39 bags of rubbish altogether this month (plus the recyclables)

Thanks everyone.





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.

Hedgehog Rescue

wilmslow leisure centre rescue hedgehogDuring one of our July litter picks, we were invovled in the rescue of a trapped hedgehog.

Michelle and Rebecca, who kindly volunteer their time as part of a community initiative by the Yorkshire Building Society, found a hedgehog that was ensnared in the cricket nets at Wilmslow Leisure Centre. They reported the problem to the Leisure Centre whose staff came out to cut the net and free the poor hedgehog.

One of yorkshire building society rescue hedgehogthe Leisure Centre customers kindly took the hedgehog to wildlife centre in Alderley Edge for recovery.

Well done everyone !


Litter Picking Summary 6th->9th January 2016

After an enjoyable social evening at the Coach & Four on Monday evening, 4 volunteers met at Lacey Green Park on Wednesday for our first litter pick of the year. We covered the Lacey Green area including Twinnies Road, Barlow Road, Edgerton Road, and Mount Pleasant. 9 bags of litter were collected altogether.

7 volunteers were out in showery weather on Saturday 9th. We met at Bank Square and focussed on the surrounding area including the Leisure Centre and the Railway Station.    Parts of Knutsford Road, Alderley Road, Parkway were also covered.  One of our volunteers collected 2 bags at the entance to Carnival Fields and on the roadside near Lindow Common. We collected about 17 bags.

The station forecourt wasn’t too bad thanks to the efforts of the Northern Rail staff who clean it most days.

We were particulary disappointed by the state of the pond near the Leisure Centre, the surrounding woodland and the paths that run inbetween the cricket pitch and the Broadway Car Park. There was so much litter. It is clear that people are drinking on the benches around the pond and then throwing their cans and bottles into the pond.  The area immediately outside the Leisure Centre is really bad too – littered with cigarette ends – surely this area at least should be maintained by the company running the centre?

Anyway – a good start to the year with 26 bags collected altogether this month so far.

Litter Picking Summary – 1st -> 4th July 2015

A fantastic start to a bumper litter picking month,

On Wednesday 1st July we had one of our biggest ever turnouts, with around 12 volunteers meeting up at the Leisure Centre and tidying up the surrounding area.

We were pleased to welcome help from a member of staff of car parking specialists, District Enforcement Ltd, who provide parking services for clients in Wilmslow. We hope that other Wilmslow businesses will come forward to contribute to the cause.

We would also like to thank the Northern Rail staff who are helping to keep the station forecourt clean.

One of our volunteers collected more than 100 laughing gas canisters behind the Leisure Centre football area and more around a bench at the far side of the cricket pitch.

17 bags were left at the Leisure Centre and the council were advised to collect

wilmslow clean team and friends of lacey green park liitter pick 1st july 20154 of our volunteers met up with The Friends Of Lacey Green Park On Saturday 4th.  The Friends focussed on tidying the park whilst the Clean Team spread out to tidy the surrounding roads. The area behind the parade of shops was again particularly bad.

Thanks to our ongoing co-operation with The Friends, we collected between us a total of 13 bags of litter, a traffic cone and a bicycle tyre. These were left at the entrance to the park and the council have been notified to collect.

So – 30 bags collected in July so far – and we will also be doing an extra event on 22nd July to help get the town spruced up for the Britain In Bloom judging.

Well done everyone!