Monthly Archives: July 2016

Britain In Bloom Judging

The Britain In Bloom judges were in Wilmslow on Friday 29th July 2016.  Wilmslow is aiming for a 3rd gold award in a row.

The Clean Team volunteers help to tidy up the town in the run up to the judging.  This year we organised 2 litter picks on Thursday 28th July.

On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July, 3 of our volunteers collected litter in and around Lindow Common.

At 10:00 on Thursday, 9 volunteers met at the Farmer’s Arms. We spread out in all directions covering a large area.  The roads covered include Buckingham Road, Oak Lane, South Oak Lane, the Children’s playground off South Oak Lane, Gravel Lane, Newlands Drive, New Street, Moor Lane and the surrounding side streets, Chapel Lane, Hawthorn Street, Little Lindow including the children’s play area, Altrincham Road, Bedells Lane, Racecourse Road, and Alderley Road.

At 18:30, 8 volunteers met at Sainsbury’s car park. We covered the town centre including Alderley Road, Water Lane, Grove Street, Manchester Road, the Memorial Gardens and the Leisure Centre.

Some of our volunteers were also out and about on ad-hoc litter picks of their own in the run up to the judging – e.g. around Fulshaw Park and Alderley Road.

We collected around 21 bags of litter altogether plus some recyclables.

Well done everyone – fingers crossed for the results in October.

See this article for more details.



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 !