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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 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 !


Summary Of Spring Clean 2016

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

Rubbish On Private Land Old Post OfficeOn 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

Spring Clean 2016 29th Feb Lindow Common 214 volunteers met at Lindow Common On Monday 29th Feb. The focus was on Altrincham Road from Lindow Common to Waters. We collected about 20 bags of rubbish along with various bits of metal.

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

Spring Clean 2016 2nd March Bank SquareDespite 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.

Spring Clean 2016 Leisure Centre 2nd MarchWe would like to thank the Yorkshire Building Society, and Jane in particular, for their support on this litter pick.

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.

Spring Clean 2016 2nd March Lindow Explorers Spring Street Car ParkOn Wednesday evening a large group of voluneers from Lindow Explorers collected several several bags of rubbish in the Spring Street Car Park and the surrounding area.  A fantastic effort – well done.



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.


Spring Clean 2016 29th Feb Lindow CommonThe 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.