A good turn out on a lovely autumn day in support of the Keep Britain Tidy “The Big Tidy Up” Campaign that is being held nationwide throughout October.
7 volunteers met at the Leisure Centre. Most of our efforts were in the Leisure Centre grounds. Some of the hedgerows were particularly bad although this may be because we haven’t tackled them before and were dealing with a build up of litter over a long period. We also did some work on Station Road.
Some of the volunteers collected litter on their walk to and from the Leisure Centre. This included Water Lane, Altrincham Road, Bourne Street and Alderley Road.
We even managed to get together for a mid morning break and enjoyed a coffee outside the Pickle Jar cafe (part of Wilmslow Leisure Centre). The problems we are up against as a team were typified by the behaviour of one of the employees from the Leisure Centre. She came out of the cafe for a smoke and then threw her cigarette end on the floor just outside the cafe door – right in front of 6 gob-smacked litter pickers!
We collected about 12 bags of rubbish altogether.
Well done everyone!
It was our first birthday party on 14th October 2014 and so we had a party to celebrate. Thanks to the Old Dancer on Grove Street for allowing us use of the upstairs room.
The photos show some of the volunteers celebrating along with a display board showing some of our work and achievements. Big thanks to Daisy for making us a cake (nom nom nom).
It has been a good year. We have organised over 30 scheduled litter picking events and collected over 600 bags of rubbish. Volunteers have also picked litter outside of the scheduled events. We believe that we are making a difference and that Wilmslow is becoming a much cleaner place.
We are supporting Keep Britain Tidy in a month long, nationwide clean up exercise called “The Big Tidy Up”.
On Wednesday 1st October, 3 of our volunteers turned out to tidy up the town centre. They met in Bank square and focussed on the surrounding area. About 4 bags of litter were collected in the nearby streets. We also did some sweeping to improve the appearance of Bank Square itself. Another volunteer went out in the evening and collected 3 bags of litter within a 20m distance of the Carrs car park. The photo shows some of this litter before it was collected and bagged up.
Another of our volunteers collected 2 bags of litter on Friday 3rd October on Prestbury Road.
On Saturday 4th October 5 of our volunteers braved some shocking weather and headed to Pinewood Road. The streets in the area were generally very clean. We ended up focussing mainly on Brown’s Lane and on a public footpath off Pinewood Road. We collected quite a haul of litter considering we called it a day after an hour. The photo shows the rubbish ready for collection by the council. We collected 8 bags of rubbish and some bigger items. There were lots of drinks bottles (e.g vodka), dozens of discarded dog poo bags (some of which proudly hung by their irrisponsible owners on tree branches), the usual crisps, cigarette and fizzy drink bottles, car tyres, a garden umbrella, a garden planter, part of a child’s slide etc.
So – a good start to the “Big Tidy Up” month with 17 bags of rubbish collected so far.