Since the last news update we have:
a) Continued with our twice monthly litter picks :
5 volunteers met at The King’s Arms on Wednesday 5th January. We covered the surrounding area including Bedells Lane, Chapel Lane, Water Lane and in the town centre We collected at least 8 bags
6 hardy volunteers met at Lindow Common car park on Saturday 8th January – despite the poor and very wet weather conditions. We covered the surrounding area including Altrincham Road. We collected at least 10 bags (plus some recyclables which were put in a grey bin). Many thanks to Hickory’s SmokeHouse for their ongoing co-sponsorship and support of the Clean Team – and in particular for the complementary hot drinks – we really appreciated them!
b) Continued with our solo picks.
c) Progressed the involvement of some year 9 pupils at the high school who want to do litter picking for the volunteering section of their Duke of Edinburgh award – including clarifying our position regarding under 18s (i.e. we can lend equipment but are not responsible etc.)
d) Responded to some potential new volunteers who made contact via our website
e) Welcomed another co-sponsor – many thanks to Carlos Lopez.
f) Had an article published on the “Wilmslow’s Way Better” website
Hope to see you at the February pick
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.
7 volunteers met at The King’s Arms on Wednesday 4th October. We collected 12 bags on Alderley Road and the surrounding area. Thanks to Helen for standing in as a leader on this event.
Despite the rainy conditions we had a very good turn out of 11 volunteers on Saturday 7th. We met at Lindow Common and focussed on the Common and surrounding roads – e.g. Altrincham Road, Some of our volunteers headed into Wilmslow and tidied up Little Lindow and the surrounding roads including, Hawthorn Street The Lindfield Estate and Chapel Lane. We collected 16 bags and 2 hub caps.
So 28 bags altogether in October – well done everyone
Finally we would like to thank the Boddington Arms for providing some of our volunteers with a free coffee – an unexpected and welcome surprise.
7 volunteers met at the King’s Arms on Wednesday 5th October. We covered the full length of Alderley Road (from the A34 roundabout to the Leisure Centre), the ‘town’ end of Knutsford Road, Chapel Lane, Victoria Road, Albert Road, Holly Road South, Bedells Lane, Hawthorn Road and part of Altrincham Road by Little Lindow. We collected 13 bags of litter and an old tyre. A further bag of cans were recycled. We were very pleased to have a new volunteer with us.
7 volunteers met at Lindow Common on Saturday 8th October. We covered Lindow Common, Racecourse Road, Altrincham Road (down as far as Waters) parts of Mobberley Road etc. We collected 10 bags of litter and a wheel hub. We took home 3 smaller bags of cans and bottles for re-cycling. We also reported 2 tyres that have been fly tipped near Lindow Common to the council.
Some of our volunteers have also been out and about on their own. Viv collected 3 bags around Gorsey Road, Broadwalk etc. Ann collected 2 bags in Stoney Lane, South Oak playground, South Oak Lane and Nursery Lane.
So, we have collected at least 28 bags of litter and some recyclables.
We are now planning the November litter picks. New volunteers are very welcome. We are delighted that “Q Hotels” are planning to send 4 of their team to help out in November.
5 volunteers met at The Kings Arms on Wednesday 7th October. We collected 6 bags in the surrounding roads – e.g. Bedells lane, Chapel Lane, Albert Road, Victoria Roads and Alderley Road. The picture shows some fly tipping in the wooded area by Sainsbury’s car park – this has been reported to the council.
A much nicer day on Saturday 10th saw 9 volunteers meet at the Boddington Arms. Some of us headed of down Altrincham road to Waters and just beyond whilst others tackled Racecourse Road, Lindow Common, the areas around Kings Road and Broad Walk, Altrincham Road up to Little Lindow and some of the surrounding side streets. 3 bags were collected by the council during the morning. We left 10 more bags at the Boddington Arms. A few more bags were left at other locations around the town – the council were informed and they will collect them. So – we probably collected about 14 bags altogether.
We are experimenting with a new strategy of sifting through the bags at the end of the day and removeing all the recyclable items.