Four formal litter picks were organised by the Wilmslow Clean Team during our Spring Clean week which ran from 1st April to the 7th April 2019. Some of our volunteers also contributed by going out on their own. Our spring clean fell nicely into the month long “Great British Spring Clean” initiative organised by Keep Britain Tidy
10 volunteers met at The Unicorn in Dean Row on Monday 1st April for an hour long, evening pick. We focused on the surrounding area. Some volunteers headed off to Summerfields. Another drove further afield and picked from Prestbury Road, down to the Bollin and up as far as Wilmslow Park North – an area we haven’t covered much before and which was particularly bad. We collected 15 bags altogether and some hub caps. Some of us enjoyed a well earned drink in The Unicorn afterwards. We were very pleased to welcome 4 new volunteers. Thanks to The Unicorn for allowing us to use the car park.
On Wednesday 3rd April we met at Lindow Common. 11 volunteers collected 16 bags in the surrounding area. Again, we were delighted to welcome a new volunteer. 6 of us went to the Boddington Arms afterwards. We would like to thank them for providing us with a complementary hot drink – it was really appreciated.
9 volunteers met at The Kings Arms on Saturday 6th April. We covered the surrounding area including Alderley Road, Knutsford Road and Chapel Lane. 2 volunteers drove further afield and picked Prestbury Road. 10 bags were collected altogether. We would like to thank the Kings Arms for the use of their car park and for the offer of a hot drink (although I think we all had to head home after the pick). We reported some fly tipping on Prestbury Road to ANSA
Our final Spring Clean pick was on Sunday 7th April. 7 volunteers met at Wilmslow Garden Centre. We covered the surrounding roads and woods. 2 volunteers drove down Stanneylands Road and covered the area from the hotel, down to the river and up the other side. This area was one of the worst we have seen. It’s not an area we cover very often but we very quickly filled 4 bags of litter and a whole bag of recyclables. The litter was just everywhere in what is a really picturesque part of the town. It’s possible that the huge house building exercise is contributing to the problem – we will have to monitor this situation. We collected 14 bags altogether along with a few hub caps. Thanks to the garden centre for the use of their car park.
So – a massive haul of 54 bags at our formal Spring Clean picks. The total bag count in the last month is 60 and our total so far in 2019 is 165.
Thanks to everyone who came to the litter picks or supported us in other ways in what was a very successful Spring Clean.
As well as running our own litter picks, we have also been pushing ANSA to litter pick the A34 bypass. We were pleased to see this happening last week.
11 volunteers met at Summerfields on Wednesday 6th March and covered most roads and verges in this area and the Colshaw Farm Estate.
We collected 13 bags, some recyclables and miscellaneous items including a shopping trolley, a children’s cycle, a contractors yellow flashing light a TV and a mattress. We have informed ANSA as usual and asked them to collect everything.
We were pleased to welcome a new volunteer (Janet) to this litter pick.
We were also delighted to welcome back Jane and Michelle from Yorkshire Building Society. They used to be regulars on our picks as part of their commitment to community activities. They will be coming occasionally on Wednesdays from now on which is brilliant news.
5 volunteers met at Bank Square on Saturday 9th March. We covered the Leisure Centre, Green Lane, Church St, Mill St, Bollin Link and the town centre towards Sainbury’s.
We collected 8 bags bringing the total over our 2 scheduled picks to 21.
Various volunteers have been out picking individually. This includes a pick by Chris, Colin, Sally, and Liz who collected 8 bags on Burleyhurst Lane, on 21st February, from Morley Green to the Mobberley parish boundary. They took some recyclables home including a large amount of gin bottles !
Our total for the calendar year is now 105
Thanks and well done everyone.
8 volunteers met at the Parish Hall Car Park on Wednesday 6th February. We covered The Carrs, Cliff Road, Church Street, Old Road, the area around Polar Ford Garage, the Station and the Leisure Centre.
We collected 12 bags and some car parts. We then all enjoyed a hot drink to celebrate Colin’s birthday.
8 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Saturday 9th February. We covered the A538 (Altrincham Road) from Morley Nurseries & Tearoom to the airport tunnels.
A total of 20 bags were collected (2 or which were recyclable items) as well as assorted wheel trims and other vehicular debris. The recyclable items will be placed in a domestic silver bin. After the event we went to Morley Nurseries & Tearoom the cafe for coffee and a chat.
So – 32 bags altogether at our scheduled February picks – plus some extras from our solo pickers.
Thanks and well done everyone.
The total bag count for 2018 was 529 – an amazing effort.
Our 2019 picks started off on Saturday 6th January. 10 volunteers met at Bank Square. Most roads in and around the town centre were covered as far out as Altrincham Road, Kennerleys Lane, Chapel Lane, Albert Road, Parkway, the link road to A34 Bypass, the Railway station forecourt, the Leisure Centre, Broadway Meadows car park, Parish Hall car park and Sainsbury’s car park. At least 17 bags were collected, plus some recyclables.
The town centre seemed worse then normal – the committee will try and find out whether the council has cut down the scheduled cleans – and whether they suspend cleaning over Christmas. Cigarette butts were everywhere – in all the doorways, gutters, storm drains and even in the planters that the town council have installed.
These blue plastic “takeaway” forks are particularly troublesome – as they have often disintegrated into lots of very small pieces – making them difficult to pick up.
One of our volunteers asked the committee to request that a new bin be installed in the Broadway Meadows car park as the litter there was bad. A request was sent to Ansa – but there is no budget remaining this financial year for new bins – and it is not clear if there will be budget come April.
Our second pick of the year was on Wednesday 9th January. 6 volunteers met at Lacey Green Park. We focused on the surrounding area and collected 10 bags and a traffic cone.
So – 27 bags at our scheduled picks plus at least 2 more by our “solo” volunteers.
Thanks and well done to all our volunteers – new volunteers are always welcome.
8 volunteers met at Wilmslow Garden Centre on Wednesday 5th December. It was a horrible rainy day. The conditions meant that we decided to finish early at 11am for a well earned hot drink. We collected 11 bags which, under the circumstances, was a brilliant effort.
Another 8 volunteers met at Summerfields on Saturday 8th December. We covered the surrounding area including Colshaw Drive. We collected 26 bags of litter plus some recyclables and a lot of debris including 2 clothes airers and several supermarket baskets.
So – 34 bags in total at our 2 scheduled picks plus some further bags collected on solo picks by our volunteers over the past month. We have collected well over 500 bags during 2018.
Thanks and well done everyone.
Merry Christmas and see you all in the new year.
5 volunteers met at Bank Square on Wednesday 7th November. We spread out covering the town centre, Wilmslow Station and the area around the Leisure Centre. We collected 6 bags.
We have identified a major litter ‘grot spot’ : the private area to the right hand side of the Co-op shop on Water Lane. We think that this is an area where office workers are sitting on the wall to eat their lunch and/or have a smoke. We are going to progress this issue further.
5 people met at The Honey Bee on Saturday 10th November. We covered both sides of Altrincham Road between the Honey Bee and the Airport tunnels as well as part of Morley Green Road. We also covered the lanes between the tunnels and the Holiday Inn. This is another major “grot spot” where take away wrappers and drinks bottles/cans are thrown into the bushes (making it hard to collect). We picked a total of 10 bags and one large sheet of metal.
Some of our volunteers have also been out on solo picks recently. At least 7 more bags were collected on Knutsford Road, the town centre, Morley Green Road, Altrincham Road and the side streets near Gorsey Bank School.
So – at least 23 bags collected since the October picks. Thanks and well done everyone.
8 volunteers met at The King’s Arms on Wednesday 3rd September. We covered Alderley Road from Kenmore Medical Centre to the the A34 bypass, Knutsford Road as far as Lindow Cricket Club, Chapel Lane (and the surrounding streets), Parkway and the bushes in Sainsbury’s Car Park (near Parkway). We collected 10 bags.
6 volunteers met at Lindow Common on Saturday 6th September. We covered Lindow Common, Altrincham Road from Hawthorn Street to Waters, Buckingham Road and Little Lindow. The play area in Little Lindow was particularly bad – even though there is a bin in that area – right next to the bench ! Is this really the kind of environment we want our little ones to be playing in? And what kind of a message is it sending to them at an impressionable age ? We collected at least 9 bags of litter and a few recyclables.
So – a total of at least 19 bags in our 2 scheduled October picks.
Well done everyone and hope to see you in November.
7 volunteers met at Bank Square on Wednesday 5th September. We focused on the town centre. One volunteer found a lot of rubbish hidden by bushes in Sainsbury’s car park – including a particularly bad area around a bench near the walkway to Parkway (the bench gas clearly been moved there illegally). 10 bags plus sundry some hub caps were collected altogether.
We had 7 volunteers out and about at our Summerfields pick on Saturday 8th September. Despite the miserable weather we managed to collect 12 bags altogether. We covered the surrounding area including Dean Row Road, Colshaw Drive and the roads near the bypass. 3 volunteers spent an hour doing the hedgerow on one side of Howty Close alone – there is so much litter in this area.
So – 22 bags, plus some recyclables on our 2 scheduled September picks plus some extra bags collected by some of our other volunteers on solo picks.
Thanks and well done everyone.
Before summarising our August picks, it is worth mentioning a couple of extra litter picks that we did in July :
1) 5 volunteers helped clean up after the Wilmslow show on Monday 9th July. We collected 5 bags altogether.
2) Several volunteers performed a litter pick on the evening of Monday 23rd July in preparation for the annual “Britain In Bloom” judging the next morning. This is an event which we have been involved with for the past few years. We collected 15 bags altogether.
9 volunteers met at The Honey Bee on Wednesday 1st August for the first of our 2 scheduled monthly picks. We cleaned from the junction with Nansmoss Road to the tunnel mouths. We also covered the pieces of old road behind the Airport Inn, and the unnamed road leading off Altrincham Road towards the barrier for Manchester Airport Fire Station. The verges here were particularly bad – it is known that truck drivers pull in here to have a break. We also did part of Altrincham Road by the Jim Edison playing fields. We checked Nansmoss Road, Mobberley Road, and Morley Green Road which were all clean – thanks to the ongoing efforts of one of our volunteers (Liz). We collected 14 bags plus pieces of cardboard. Many thanks to The Honey Bee for allowing us to use the car park.
8 volunteers met at the Parish Hall on Saturday 4th August. We covered the Carrs, The Memorial Gardens and the surrounding area – spreading out as far as Grove Street and Water Lane. One volunteer headed off by car to cover Prestbury Road. We collected 11 bags altogether along with some recyclables.
So – 25 bags in our 2 scheduled August picks, 20 more in our 2 “one off” picks in July plus lots more by our volunteers who go out on their own in-between the scheduled picks
Thanks and well done everyone.
7 volunteers met at Bank Square on Wednesday 4th July. It was a clear, dry and hot day without a cloud in the sky and some might say perfect conditions for a litter pick.
We focused on the town centre from Chapel Lane to Station Road including Sainbury’s car park, the Leisure Centre, Church Street, Swan Street, Mill Street, Manchester Road, Albert Road, Water Lane, Hawthorne Lane and part of Alderley Road.
A section of domestic metal railing was found dumped in the undergrowth surrounding Bank Square. It must have been removed with considerable force from wherever it was anchored.
We collected a total of 8 bags of litter.
8 volunteers met at Lacey Green Park on Saturday 7th July. It was another very hot morning . We covered a lot of the surrounding area and collected a further 8 bags.
So – 16 bags altogether in the July picks along with some recyclables.