*** We are resuming limited litter pick activity in September. This will be for existing members who have their own equipment. For the time being we are only supporting “solo picks” to minimise social interaction. See the Events page for details of how to obtain extra bags/stickers. ***
We are a group of volunteers who help keep Wilmslow tidy by organising litter picking events twice a month and an annual Spring Clean. We set our own priorities and are independent of the local councils. We encourage people to take responsibility for their environment.
We were set up in October 2013 and started our litter picking events in the December.
We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. We provide all the equipment, insurance and training. Please check the Volunteer page if you can spare some time to help us. We don’t expect our volunteers to attend every litter picking event – just come along when you can or else use our equipment to pick up litter at a more convenient time.
Our 2 monthly litter picking events are on the first Wednesday of the month and the following Saturday. See the Events page for more details. We have a 6 monthly rota which covers most of Wilmslow, with the most littered areas getting extra visits.
We organise an annual Spring Clean around March every year. This consists of a week long series of litter picking events by the Clean Team and other community organisations.
We help with the annual “Britain In Bloom” competition by organising extra litter picking sessions in the run up to the judging.
There are running costs associated with litter picking : annual insurance, litter pickers, hoops, storage equipment, hi-viz jackets etc. Some of this equipment is expensive and we have to raise the funds ourselves. We therefore welcome any financial support. Waitrose have provided us with funding through their “Community Matters” scheme. We have also benefited from the Tesco “Bags Of Help” Scheme. Globus have provided us with free gloves.
We also encourage local businesses to get involved with litter picking as part of their community involvement schemes. We have already had support from several local businesses. Holiday Inn and Q Hotels are regular attendees at our organised litter picks. The Yorkshire Building Society have also joined in with our Spring Clean activities. If you are a business who would like to support our voluntary work – see the “Support Us” page for more details.
We are also starting to work with schools to educate children about the impact of litter on the environment. We have been to Gorsey Bank and will hopefully visit the other primary schools in the area too. If you are a school who would be interested in a visit from us then please use the Contact Us form.
This photo shows the kind of thing that we are tackling – i.e. the irresponsible behaviour of some people who think that it is acceptable to leave their litter anywhere rather than taking it home or finding a bin. We believe that we are making a difference and that Wilmslow is becoming a nicer place to live in over time.