Litter Picks

Litter Pick results for 2018:

October 06 Result

Many thanks to those who so freely gave up their time to help with the final litter pick of the year. We managed to collect about 14 bags of litter – including a frying pan and a metal storage box filled with odds and ends that might be found in a DIY enthusiasts garage.  Many thanks also to Richard Gillard who has taken on the task of co-ordinating the Litter picks.

It is a constant surprise – and disappointment – that the litter pickers are regularly faced with having to remove rubbish that could so easily be disposed of in the bins provided. This time, and not for the first time,  we had to clear away bags of household rubbish that had been left by unknown persons too lazy to take them to the nearest litter bin or, better still, to the tip. Oddly much of this rubbish had been left in large bags from another county!

Another cause for annoyance to the litter pickers is that there are some dog owners too lazy to dispose of doggy poo bags in the proper place.  Special bins have been provided for use by dog owners. A thought for such dog owners – if you don’t like to carry the doggy poo bags to the bins, how do you think the litter pickers feel about having to pick them up?

October photos

Emma and Phoebe Mundy, Lizzie Lofthouse, Richard Gillard

Richard and Sally Power, Linda Stevenson and David Emsley

Richard Gillard showing the day’s haul!

Photographs by David Emsley and Richard Gillard

September 01 Result

Another successful Litter pick. We had 8 volunteers who collected 11 bags of litter.  Our thanks are offered to those who so generously gave up an hour of their time to help with this task. The next one will be on 06 October – starting at 09:30 bay the swimming pool café.

Once again our thanks to those who turned up to help with this task.

August 04 Result

Another successful Litter pick. We managed to collect about 7 bags of litter.

Our thanks to those who turned up to help with this task.

Photo © Ojars Bartmanis

A bunch of happy litter pickers

Photo © David Emsley

Litter Collected

Photo © David Emsley

Joanna Illingworth, Kate Dickson, Richard Gillard and Barbara Sidebottom enjoying a well earned rest

Photographs by David Emsley and Ojars Bartmanis

July 07 2018 Result

Image Copyright Sam Sexton

Litter Pickers enjoying and ice lolly – Julie Sidaway, Rachael (and Esme), Cat (with Toby & William), Linda Stevenson, Heather Alford and Sarah Butler

Photograph by Sam Sexton

Yet another successful Litter Pick. This time we had 7 litter pickers who managed to collect six bags of litter. Once again, we thank them for their enthusiasm and their help which goes a long way to ensuring that Abbey Fields remains a pleasant environment for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to seeing you all at the next Litter Pick on August 04.

June 02 2018 Result

Yet another successful Litter Pick.  Although the number of pickers was down we still managed to collect some six or seven bags of litter.  We look forward to seeing you all at the next Litter Pick on July 07

May 05 2018 Result

Searching for litter in Abbey Fields

Photograph by Ojars Bartmanis

This time we had a magnificent 30 persons helping with the Litter Pick which was led by Joanna Illingworth.  Included among the litter pickers were a number of Beavers in the care of Jo Cox.  This number of litter pickers is a record.

The litter pickers managed to collect four full bags of litter. This was because there was not much litter around, which is always a good thing.  So a good job was done to make the environment of Abbey Fields look even better.

Our thanks go to Joanna Illingworth, The Beavers, Jo Cox and all the others who gave their time to assisting with this litter Pick.  Well done everyone.

Beavers all ready to go

Picking up litter

A Beaver demonstrating how to collect litter

It seems there is nothing here!

Photographs by Ojars Bartmanis

April 07 2018 Result

Once again we were encouraged by the number of people who were prepared to give up their time, on a damp Saturday morning this April, to help keep Abbey Fields litter free. The volunteers included a Girl Guide who is working towards her Baden Powell Award. She and her mother were most enthusiastic. They were early starters and late finishers – almost to the extent of our co-ordinator thinking about having to send out a search party to find them at the end of the morning. One of the volunteers brought along her Cocker Spaniel, Bella, who really enjoyed herself whilst her owner was busy collecting litter. As well as the usual collection of paper, cans, bottles. etc. we managed to collect some swimming pool toys, a large sheet of plastic and a large cardboard box.

Congratulations and thanks go out to the 12 volunteers (and our co-ordinator, Sam Sexton) who between them managed to fill 13 bags with rubbish. Several volunteers commented that they could have collected more but they had either filled their bag or run out of time.

Some of our April Litter Pickers with collected rubbish

Jeff Best, Bart Bartmanis, Julie Sidaway, Jill James

Richard & Sally Power, Gerard Daykin, Richard Gillard

See here for a summary of our 2017 Litter Picks