We have been very busy this month with 5 organised litter picks, since the last update, rather than the usual 2 – along with some fantastic solo efforts!
9 volunteers met at The Carnival Fields on Monday 8th July to help with the clean up operation after The Wilmslow Show. We collected a bag each.
There were 2 “In Bloom” judging events this year. We did an extra litter pick on Monday 22nd July so that the town was looking at its best for the regional round of judging. 10 volunteers turned up for an evening pick. We collected 12 bags of litter altogether in and around the town centre. 6 additional bags were collected on solo picks.
11 volunteers met at The Honey Bee at 10:00 on Wednesday 7th August. Again – we were delighted to welcome 2 new volunteers. We focused on Altrincham Road down to the airport tunnels – traditionally one of the worst areas for litter in Wilmslow. We collected 15 bags plus several hub caps. We also reported some fly tipping, near the airport fire station, to ANSA. The 2nd of our “In Bloom” events was on the same evening – this time in preparation for the National judging (Wilmslow is representing the North West this year). About 8 volunteers met up in the evening collecting a bag each.
Last but not least, despite blustery weather, 8 volunteers met at The Parish Hall, on Saturday 10th August. The park was reasonably litter free due to recent activity for the Bloom judging. We spread out covering the Carr’s (to Twinnies Bridge), Stanneylands Road, Prestbury Road, The Memorial Gardens and the footpaths near Trust Ford. We collected at least 9 bags along with hub caps and some recyclables. We also informed ANSA about a large gas canister that has been washed up near Twinnies Bridge.
So – a massive monthly litter haul of 60 bags. Well done everyone. Fingers crossed for the “In Bloom” judging later in the year.
We also reported some dangerous overhanging vegetation (on Altrincham Road) to Cheshire East Council
Sally, one of our volunteers, represented Wilmslow Clean Team on a walk around the town to identify problem areas and creating a wish list of suggestions that will make the town look better. Ansa, Cheshire East Council and Wilmslow Town Council and Incredible Edible were also represented.
Here are a couple of litter related suggestions :
- Pulling out scrubby, prickly bushes in certain areas where litter collects, and replacing with grass (e.g. the hedge between the bp petrol station and Alderley Road)
- Installing new bins near the station.
It was good to hear everyone passing on their thanks for the work that the Clean Team are doing
We got together for an extra litter pick today. This was to clean the town in preparatation for the judging of the Britain In Bloom 2014 competition (the judges are in Wilmslow on 10th July).
Only 5 volunteers were available but we did a good job and covered a large area – most of the focus was on the route that the judges will take.
The areas covered were :
We met at the Boddington Arms and then concentrated on the route that the judges will be taking. So – the focus was on the following areas :
- Lindow Common + Car Park
- Racecourse Road
- Altrincham Road
- Water Lane
- Hawthorn Street
- Bedells Lane
- Alderley Road
- Sainsbury’s Car Park
- Grove Street
- Church Street
- Manchester Road
- Memorial Gardens
- The Carrs
- Leisure Centre
We collected about 7 bags of rubbish.
It looked as though the town had undergone more cleaning work than we have come to expect because the town centre seemed cleaner than normal. This could well be down to some of the recent scheduled litter picking events by the Clean Team though.
We did spot a council road sweeping vehicle cleaning the gutters in Racecourse Road this morning. This activity has become almost non existent in Wilmslow. It makes a massive difference in terms of the appearance of the roads and in the prevention of problems with the storm drains. It is a shame that it takes an annual competition for a limited amount of this activity to be performed in our town.
Thanks and well done to all today’s volunteers. Hope to see you all in the Coach & Four later tonight for our social night.
Some representatives from Wilmslow Clean Team will be at the Cheshire Show on 17th June 2014. We will be on the Cheshire East stand which is inbetween the band stand and the main ring.
We are helping Cheshire East to promote the region as a great place to live and work.
It will be a good opportunity for us to promote the voluntary work that we do.
If you are attending the show then please come and find us – we would be pleased to tell you more about the Wilmslow Clean Team.