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August Litter Pick

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16 Aug 2013

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PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!! Please meet at the top of the slipway next to St.Germains churchyard at 10am. We will be litter picking on the beach walking towards the horse track (towards Saltburn) so come and find us on the beach if you arrive after 10am. Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided. Please bring your own gloves, wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather. Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Made a huge difference today to an area of beach which we haven't litter picked for about a year. Great effort from our brilliant volunteers. New bag hoops and litter pickers got their first use today - huge thanks to Marske Community Partnership for supporting us so generously with an equipment donation. Loads of pieces of material and cable ties washed up on the beach today together with the usual plastic bags, bottles, sweet wrappers and cans..

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August litter pick

We will be litter picking on the beach and banks around the High Street beach entrance area next to the boats. Please meet at 10am on the slipway by the boats. Litter pickers will be provided, please ...

May litter pick

This month we will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area on Saturday 12th May from 10am till 12 noon. Please meet at 10am on the slipway by the new bin to collect equipment. Li...

In Bloom litter pick

Suporting our friends at Marske in Bloom to remove litter from the judging route 11 volunteers, 14 bags of litter removed

Big Spring Beach Clean

This month we are litter picking on the beach around St. Germains on Saturday 7th April from 10am till 12 noon. Meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains graveyard and if you come la...

Cubs litter pick

Removed 3 very full bags of litter from the beach by the boats - thank you!

Cubs litter pick

Removed 4 bags of litter from the Valley Gardens, thank you!

Great British Spring Clean

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 3rd March from 10am till 12 noon. We are taking part in the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean and will be litter picking on the playing fields in th...

February beach clean

This month we are litter picking on the beach on Saturday 9th September from 10am till 12 noon. Meet at 10am by the boats on the slipway at Marske and if you come later collect equipment from near the...

January litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 27th January from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the grass triangle area at the top of Windy Hill Lane so please meet at 10am on the corner of Win...

October litter pick

This month we are litter picking on the beach around St. Germains on Saturday 21st September from 10am till 12 noon. Meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains graveyard and if you co...

September beach clean

This month we are litter picking on the beach on Saturday 9th September from 10am till 12 noon. Meet at 10am by the boats on the slipway at Marske and if you come later collect equipment from near the...

July beach clean

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 8th July 2017 from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the boat...

June litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 10th June 2017 from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the boa...

In Bloom litter pick

This month we will also be helping our friends from Marske In Bloom to litter pick along the judging route. Judging takes place on Wednesday 12th April and we will be litter picking from 10am till 12 ...

April litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 8th April from 10am till 12 noon. We will be litter picking on the beach and dunes around the car park on the Coast Road - the one nearest Marske opposite...

Redcar Lane footpath litter pick

We have been asked to help clean the area between Marske and Redcar alongside the railway line. Lots of people from Marske use this green space to walk their dogs, run, cycle and get to school. Pleas...

Great British Spring Clean

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 4th March from 10am till 12 noon. We are taking part in the Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean and will be litter picking on the playing fields ...

February litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 4th February 2017 from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the ...

January litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 7th January from 10am till 12noon. We will be litter picking around the St. Germains beach entrance area. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next t...

November litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 12th November from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the boat...

In Bloom litter pick

Litter picking along the In Bloom judging route. Wednesday 13th July from 9am till 11am. Please meet at the library at 9am to collect equipment

June litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 25th June from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the boats at...

May litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 14th May from 10am till 12noon. We will be litter picking around the St. Germains beach entrance area. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to S...

April litter pick

Helping our friends at Marske in Bloom to clear the judging route in advance of their first visit from 10am - 12noon. Meet at 10am at the library to collect equipment. Litter pickers, his-vis vests, ...

Clean for the Queen (March litterpick)

Come and join us for our annual litter pick on the playing fields and if we have time we'll work our way around other sites in the village. Please meet at 10am in the bowls/football club car park. Lit...

February litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on this Saturday 6th February from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the grass triangle area at the top of Windy Hill Lane so please meet at 10am on the corner o...

January litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 23rd January from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the boats...

Marske Christmas Festival

We will be supporting our friends from Marske Community Partnership by litter picking during the Christmas Festival. Further details of meeting point and time will be posted soon.

CANCELLED!!! November Litter pick

Gale force winds are forecast which makes litterpicking on the beach impossible! Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 21st November from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High...

October litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 24th October from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am at the Mermaid. We will be litter picking along from the Mermaid towards Green Lane. Litter ...

September litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 12th September from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains churchyard. We will be litter picking on the du...

August litter pick

On the beach by the boats and beyond......15 volunteers collected 12 bags of litter. Thanks everyone!

In Bloom litter pick

Helping our friends at Marske in Bloom to clear the judging route from 10am - 12noon. Meet at 10am at the library to collect equipment. Litter pickers, his-vis vests, bag hoops and bags provided We h...

June litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 13th June from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains churchyard. We will be litter picking on the dunes a...

May litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 2nd May from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am in the car park nearest Marske on The Stray. We will be litter picking on the dunes in front of the c...

In Bloom Litter Pick

We are breaking with tradition this month so instead of our usual Saturday event our next litter pick will be on Tuesday 21st April from 9am-11am. We are helping our friends at Marske in Bloom by litt...

Community Clear Up Day

Come and join us to finish clearing litter from the playing fields and then working our way around other sites in the village. Please meet at 10am in the bowls/football club car park. Litter pickers, ...

Beach clean up

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 21st February from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the wheelie bin on the slipway by the...

January litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 31st January from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the playing fields. Please meet at 10am in the football/bowls club car park. Litter pickers, bag...

December litter pick

Our last litter pick for 2014 will be on Saturday 13th December from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking on the beach by the boats so please meet on the slipway by the wheelie bin at 10am or come and...

Marske Christmas Fayre

Litter pick around Christmas Fayre area. Please meet at 5pm at the library if you are able to help out.

November litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 22nd November from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the grass triangle area at the top of Windy Hill Lane so please meet at 10am on the corner ...

October litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 25th October from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the St. Germains beach entrance area so please meet at the top of the slipway at 10am or com...

September litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on next Saturday 13th September from 10am-12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area so please meet by the boats at 10am. Litter pickers,...

July litter pick

Our next litter pick is on Saturday 19th July from 10am - 12noon. We will be litter picking around the St. Germains beach entrance area. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germa...

Marske Scouts

June litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening next Saturday 28th June from 10am - 12noon. We will be litter picking at the far end of Marske beach as you head towards Saltburn, around the bottom of the horse...

Marske Beavers

Thanks to the Marske Beavers group and their parents who collected 26 bags of litter from our beach tonight!!

May litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening next Saturday 17th May from 10am - 12noon. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area. Please meet at 10am on the slipway by the boats...

April litter pick

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 5th April from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am in the car park nearest Marske on The Stray. We will be litter picking on the dunes in front of the...

Green Lane clean up

Our next litter pick will be happening on Saturday 8th March from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am on the corner of Redcar Road and Green Lane (near the bridge that goes over the railway). We will b...

February litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 8th February from 10am - 12noon. Please meet at 10am on the beach by the boats at the High Street beach entrance. We will be litter picking on the beach and sa...

January litter pick

Our next litter pick is on Saturday 18th January on the beach and banks around the St.Germains slipway. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St.Germains churchyard. If you arrive late...

Playing fields clean up

Our next litter pick is on Saturday 9th November on the playing fields in the centre of the village. Please meet at 10am in the car park outside the bowls/football club or come and find us on the fiel...

October beach clean up

Our next litter pick is on Saturday 5th October. Please meet at 10am near the boats at the High Street beach entrance or come and find us on the beach later. Litter pickers, bags and bag hoops will be...

In Bloom litter pick

Please meet at the library at 10am. We will be picking along the In Bloom judging route. . Litter pickers and bags are provided. Please bring your own gloves, wear sturdy footwear and dress for the we...

July litter pick

We will be litter picking on Saturday 6th July from 10am - 12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area in preparation for the In Bloom judging day later this week. Pleas...

June litter pick

St. Germains beach entrance litter pick. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains graveyard or down on the beach later on. Litter pickers and bags are provided. Please bring ...

In bloom route litter pick

Help us litter pick the In Bloom route - please meet at the library at 10am on Friday 26th April. Over 18's only. Litter pickers, bags and hi-vis vests provided. Please bring your own gloves, wear stu...

April litter pick

Saturday 20th April 10am-12noon - meet at the top of the slipway opposite Bydales School. Picking on the sand dunes along the Stray. We will provide litter pickers and bags. Please bring your own glov...

Weekday litter pick

We have been asked to arrange weekday litter picks for those who can't make it on a Saturday. The first one is next Thursday 28th March. Please meet at 10am outside the shop at the top of Windy Hill L...

March litter pick

St. germains beach entrance litter pick. Please meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains graveyard or down on the beach later on. Litter lockers and bags are provided. Please bring ...

Beach litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 16th February from 10am - 12pm. We will be litter picking around the High Street beach entrance area. Please meet by the boats at 10am or come and find us on t...

December litter pick

Playing fields clean up - please meet at 10am in the football/bowls club car park. Litter pickers and bags will be provided. Wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather and bring your own gardening gl...

November litter pick

Meet at 10am at the top of the slipway next to St. Germains churchyard. We'll be working down the slipway and on to the beach. Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided. Please bring your own glove...

October litter pick

Meet at 10am outside the shop at the top of Windy Hill Lane (opposite the bridleway). We will be picking around the grass areas first then heading down Windy Hill Lane (and adjoining streets/alleyways...

High Street beach entrance

Meet at 10am by the boats on the slipway Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags provided. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather Under 18's are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or gu...

July Litter Pick

10am - 12pm Meet at the Stray Car Park (nearest one to Marske by the sea) Litter picking on the sand dunes and the beach in the area around the car park on the Stray. Litter pickers, vinyl gloves and ...

Windy Hill Lane bridleway and beach entrance

Our next litter pick is on this coming Saturday 9th June from 10am - 12pm. Please meet at the top end of Windy Hill Lane (on the corner with Church Howle Crescent). We will be working along the bridle...

Askham Bryan Students

Students from Askham Bryan College have volunteered to litter pick around the St.Germains beach entrance area Thanks to the 5 students and 2 staff from Askham Bryan College who collected 14 bags and ...

High Street Beach Entrance

Saturday 12th May from 10am-12pm. We will be picking around the High Street beach entrance - please meet by the boats at 10am Litter pickers, bags and vinyl gloves will be provided but please bring ga...

From Cliff House along Stray to first car park

Saturday 21st April 10am - 12pm. Please meet at the top of the pathway that leads down to the beach on the corner of the Coast Road opposite Bydales School at 10am. We will be picking along the sand d...

St.Germains beach entrance clean up

Meet at the top of the beach slipway next to St.Germains graveyard at 10am - litter picking around the beach entrance and on the beach Litter pickers, bags and vinyl gloves provided, please bring thic...

Playing Fields Clean Up

Meet in the bowls club car park at 10am - litter picking the playing fields in the centre of the village Litter pickers, bags and vinyl gloves provided, please bring thicker gardening style gloves if ...

Beach litter pick

Meet at the boats at 10am - litter picking the beach entrance, headlands and areas in front of cliff house Litter pickers, bags and vinyl gloves provided, please bring thicker gardening style gloves i...

November litter pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 19th November from 10am - 12pm. Please meet on the corner of Windy Hill Lane and Church Howle Crescent - we will be picking around the grass triangle at the to...

October Litter Pick

Our next litter pick is on next Saturday 8th October from 10am - 12pm We'll work down at the High Street Beach entrance so please meet at the boats at 10am or come and find us on the beach later. Viny...

St. Germains Litter Pick

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 10th September from 10am - 12pm. We will be picking around the St.Germains beach entrance area. Please meet at the top of the slipway at St.Germains at 10am an...

Bydales Sustainability Week

Young people from Bydales School will be litter picking at various places in the village from today until Friday as part of their sustainability week activities. Great to see young people involved in ...

High Street slipway clean up

Our next litter pick will be next Saturday 18th June from 10am - 12pm. We'll be picking around the High Street beach slipway area and into the Valley Gardens. Litter pickers, bin bags and vinyl glove...

Beach Clean Up

Its time for a spring clean of the High Street beach entrance! As a group we have collected 492 bags of litter in the Marske area - come and help us make it past 500 bags. Meet at 10am next to the bo...

Sand dunes Windy Hill to St. Germains

Meet at 10am Saturday 12th Feb on the corner of Windy Hill Lane and Church Howle Crescent. We will be working along the bridleway, onto the sand dunes and aiming to finish at St. Germains beach entra...

Windy Hill Bridleways

Our next litter pick will be on Saturday 22nd January from 10am - 12pm. We'll be picking on the grassed areas and bridleway at the top end of Windy Hill Lane. Please meet on the corner of Windy Hill L...

Windy Hill Bridleways

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW AND ICE - See you in the new year! A clean up of the bridleways at the top end of Windy Hill Lane, leading down to the beach 10am - 12pm Saturday 11th December 2010...

Valley Gardens and Headlands

Saturday 13th November 10am - 12pm Meet at 10am at the entrance to the Valley Gardens nearest the beach We will be picking in the Valley Gardens, along the Headlands and the beach entrance area Vinyl ...

St. Germains Beach Entrance Litter Pick

Meet at 10am on the pathway which leads down to the beach next to the churchyard. We'll be picking on the footpaths and down on the beach Litter pickers, vinyl gloves and bags provided Under 18's welc...

Playing fields litter pick

10am - 12pm on the playing fields in the centre of the village Meet at 10am in the bowls/football club car park or join us any time before 12 Litter pickers, bags and vinyl gloves provided Please wear...

Beach clean up

Sorry we didnt get a litter picking event organised in June - our next event will be a beach clean up on Saturday 24th July from 10am - 12pm. Meet at the boats at the end of High Street. Litter picker...

Sand Dunes Clean Up

Saturday 22nd May 2010 10am - 12pm Meet on the bridleway opposite the shop at the top end of Windy Hill Lane Working along the sand dunes from the bridleway towards Cliff House All equipment provided...

The Stray

Meet in the car park closest to Marske on the Stray - we'll be working on the banks and footpaths down from the car park to the beach 10am - 12pm All equipment provided Dress for the weather Under 18'...

Winter beach clean up

Meet at the St. Germains beach entrance 10am -12pm All equipment provided Dress for the weather Under 18's welcome but must be accompanied by a parent/guardian (if anyone wants to clean up at the High...

Winter beach clean up

10am - 12pm Meet at St. Germains Beach Entrance - next to the churchyard - if we're not there, come and find us on the beach! All equipment provided Dress for the weather Under18’s must be acco...

January Litter Pick

10am - 12pm Meet on the corner of Windy Hill Lane and Hummershill Lane - we will be working from here down past the village car park and on to the playing fields All equipment provided Dress for the ...

St.Germains beach entrance

Change of venue for this month - Meet at the beach entrance near St.Germains We will be working on the beach as the recent high tides have left this area in a mess Saturday 19th December 2009 10am - 1...

Valley Gardens Litter Pick

Valley Gardens Litter Pick (Including the beach entrance) Saturday 28th November 2009 10am - 12pm Meet at the entrance to the Valley Gardens nearest the beach All equipment provided Dress for the wea...

October Litter Pick

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October litter pick

This month's litter pick is on Saturday 24th October from 10am - 12pm. Please meet at 10am on the corner of Windy Hill Lane and Church Howle Crescent. We will be working on the Eastern Entrances which...

Summer beach clean up

Time for another litter action event! This month we are down on the beach again - come along and join us, see how many cotton bud sticks you can find Details are: Saturday 8th August 2009 10am - 12...

Playing Fields Clean Up

Saturday 11th July 2009 10am - 12pm Meet in the Bowls Club car park Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags provided Please wear sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing Under 18’s must be a...

Bydales Beach Survey

Marske Litter Action is working with Bydales School to carry out a beach litter survey and clean up over 3 days from 7th to 9th July. Young people from years 7, 8 and 9 will work with group volunteers...

Beach entrance clean up

A clean up of the High Street beach entrance, slipway and Valley Gardens area Please meet at the boats at the end of High Street at 10am on Saturday 13th June Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags pro...

Beach Spring Clean

10am - 12pm Meet at the St. Germains churchyard beach entrance on St. Germains Lane Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags provided Please wear sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing Under 18â...

Bridleway Clean Up

A clean up of the bridleway, grassed areas and undergrowth at the top of Windy Hill Lane. Saturday 14th March 2009 10am - 12pm. Meet at the corner of Windy Hill Lane and Church Howle Crescent. Viny...

Playing Fields Clean Up

10am - 12pm Meet in the Bowls Club car park Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags provided Please wear sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent/g...

Winter Beach Clean Up

10am - 12pm Meet at the boats at the end of High Street Vinyl gloves, litter pickers and bags provided Wear sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing A fabulous turn out for our first Beach Clean ...

Nearby Groups

These groups are near to you in case you want to contact them for advice, to offer them support or, for example, to share equipment with them.

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SEEITPICKITBINIT
SEEITPICKITBINIT, has been set up with the aim of bringing local people together to take action in making the kettering area a cleaner community. To donate to our volunteer fundraising efforts, especially for waders and gloves, please contact me via the email link on my group page. This year, after the recent Blue Planet documentary, we'll focus passionately on battling the appalling disaster of Marine and River plastic pollution, throughout the waterways of the Nene Valley. We'll be holding picks every week, raising money for Irchester Animals in Need and recycling as much of the plastic litter as we can, in the River Nene, River Ise and Slade Brook. WE HAVE JUST SECURED SOME CORPORATE FUNDING, SO OUR EQUIPMENT WISH LIST IS LOOKING GOOD. WE HOPE TO BUY A SMALL LITTER PICKING BOAT FOR THE RIVER CAMPAIGN AND SOME SYRINGE PROOF GLOVES. TO SUPPORT SEEITPICKITBINIT'S CAMPAIGN TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF ENGLANDS RIVERS, ROADS AND GREEN SPACES, YOU CAN HELP US BUY EQUIPMENT OR DONATE TO OUR NOMINATED CAUSE USING THE OFFICIAL PAYPAL LINK FOR OUR GROUP. https://www.paypal.me/seeitpickitbinit Go to paypal.me Go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cleanupmarineplastic Go to www.gofundme.com/marine-plastic-river-rescue-uk SeeItPickItBinIt is a voluntary community litter picking group, based in Kettering Northamptonshire, which has since its creation in 2011, removed and recycled over 10 Tonnes or 10 cars in weight of litter, from our beautiful county. In addition to regular litterpicks on my days off from work each week, every year we hold a 1 Tonne litter pick, which not only aims to clean up the green spaces and river habitats of our community, but also has begun to raise money for charities at the same time. The first two years of sponsorship saw us raise hundreds for Children In Need. This year we have just smashed our litter target with 1270kg and we raised an amazing £500 for a local animal rescue centre in Irthlingborough. The litter situation has never been worse in the history of the United Kingdom. Every day, people dump rubbish from their cars and in the streets. It is difficult to confront, but the heart of the problem can be explained in terms of ownership. The British public has increasingly retreated in to its living rooms, to enjoy its supermarket food, sit on its sofas, in centrally heated houses, fixated on computers, phones or tvs. This life is incredibly comfortable and almost impossible from which to break free. Litter happens because we draw a line at our front doors and our car windows. On the other side of that line is not our problem, so why would we care? Every day we see litter in front of our own doorsteps, on the street and in our parks. Why don't we just pick it up? The reason is because we don't see it as ours, even when it is in our own street, blown from our own bins. Once it crosses that line, we have society's permission to walk by, oblivious and guilt free. One day, I started to see litter. It was everywhere I looked. For years I had complained about it, but I had thought of it as a totally external problem to my life. It's the council, it's someone else's responsibility. One day at work, I did the unthinkable, I got so wound up, I stepped through the invisible forcefield that stops people from departing from the norm. I picked up a plastic bottle and put it in a nearby bin. I almost expected someone to shout at me or to hear sirens, but I didn't. By picking up 1 single bit of litter, I had left that place, better than I had found it, I had already succeeded at making a small, but real difference. After that, I picked up first 10, then 100, then 10,000 pieces of toxic plastic at a time. It felt amazing, my life for the first time, had some meaning beyond feeding my face and being only concerned with maintaining my comfort zone and the comfort zone of those around me. People expressed shock and even warned me that I might get in trouble for breaking the rules. As it turned out, picking up litter has only ever resulted in good things, great conversations, engagement, excitement and encouragement from others, who didn't know such a thing was possible. This year I picked up about 2 Tonnes. During the 2018 litter season, I am challenging myself to remove 5 tonnes. It will definitely not be easy, especially as I've recently lost both parents and my last surviving grandparent. However, litter picking is a way to know that you are part of something bigger, so it helps you through the tough times. Not only does it raise money, it protects and nurtures animals and habitats. Less litter reduces crime and anti-social behaviour, reduces council and government spending. Best of all, it crucially shows others, not just with words, but with concrete powerful actions. I don't think that I'll fix the plastic problem on my own. However any publicity about doing something to tackle a problem that affects us all, is a step in the right direction. Next time you get home and see that plastic bottle or crisp packet in front of your house, just ask yourself, am I a leader or a follower. What happens next will give you the answer. Wonderful news, the McDonalds Drive-In restaurant in Kettering, has generously sponsored 5 bins along Northfield Avenue, in order to mitigate their impact on the community. By working in conjunction with Amanda McDade from Kettering council's street cleansing team, we managed to lobby the food retailer and secured their support in tackling this significant challenge for our community We currently litter pick any area around Kettering and beyond, as and when it looks bad enough to need it. Last years 1 Ton sponsorship raised £500 Nanna's animal shelter in Irthlingborough. This year we hope to raise money for a variety of other litter picking volunteers and groups around the UK. Our focus this year is on river and marine plastics, so we'll be hitting the rivers and lakes, recycling as much as we can, to keep Britain tidy. *********************2017 event target achieved******************** ************************************1270KG**************************** *************************18 picks-100 hours picking**************** **************************Fundraising total £500******************** *************************************************************************** ***********************2018 1 Tonne Litter Pick********************** *********************************92KG************************************ ********************************9 Picks*********************************** *********************Fundraising total £535************************** Future areas of interest will concentrate on the heavy litter problems along the River Ise/Nene and country lanes between Kettering and Thrapston. If you can spare an hour or two, please feel free to email our group to be a part of the next event and help us show that our community is worth caring about. THE A14 FROM WEST BOUND BETWEEN THRAPSTON AND KETTERING IS MISSING, UNDER THE MOUNTAIN OF PLASTIC THAT IS STREWN ALONG ITS VERGES. IF I'M FEELING A BIT CRAZY ONE WEEK, I MIGHT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT ALL UP. Every pound that the council doesn't need to spend on picking up litter will be spent on much more deserving projects that effect all of us such as policing, education and health. Several organisations have been extremely helpful in supplying us with bin liners, hi-vis vests and litter grabbers. Many thanks to Amanda McDade, the community litter picking liaison on the council's street cleansing team and to Lindsay Richmond at Helping Hands for the amazing Streetmaster Pro pickers and his much appreciated sponsorship. Please check out the pictures in the gallery, which shows just how much of a difference removing the litter has made at some of the nominated sites. Any help is very much appreciated.
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Whitmore&keele
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Fishponds Clean Streets
Fishponds Clean Streets was established in 2016 and is run by a few volunteers with the aim of helping keep the streets cleaner of litter. There was an extended period owing to COVID restrictions when we were not able to operate, however we are back up and running again now. We usually meet for an hour and a half on a Saturday morning once a month and always publicise our litter picks here on this page, where we also report on our activity after each litter pick. Meeting at the Fish on its Nose Sculpture on the cycle track on Saturday 2nd April we had a lovely sunny day for our litter pick. We had a fantastic turn-out of 12 adults and three children so we were able to cover a much bigger area than usual, reaching from Guinea Lane to Stanbury Avenue. In between we covered Albert Terrace, Lower Station Road, Filwood Road, New Station Road, parts of Brook Road and of New Station Way. We remain grateful to Bristol Waste for providing the loan of equipment without which the litter picks wouldn\'t happen! We are aware that the shrubby area between New Station Way and the cycle track is thick with litter and in some parts drug waste, so a request is being made to Bristol City Council to arrange for this area to be cleared. We hope to organise another litter pick next month and as ever will email details near the time, as well as posting HERE on this page. In the meantime, if you are new to litter picking in Fishponds and interested in getting involved, please contact us at: CleanerFishponds@gmail.com for more information. Louise, Pete, Carol & Stuart
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6 years
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WALLYS (Walton Against Lazy Littering)
Walton on the Naze, Essex. Including the town, beach and Naze
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19 months
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