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B489 Icknield Way clean up

Pitstone & Ivinghoe,LU7 9FG

22 Sep 2019

23:00

9am start at the Pitstone Windmill car park. To clear up the path along the B489, past Town Farm and as far as Beacon Road. This turned out to be far more of an undertaking than expected with 8 bags collected over about 4 hours. I only scratched the service as there is still stacks of litter along that stretch of road and so will plan to revisit next week. I did not touch the south side of the road as there was not time, but where it is safe to do so, will do this when we revisit. Received a couple of compliments from cyclists..

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B488 recyclables dash

There has been quite a lot of discarded cans and bottles appearing on the verges which were only cleared recently. As time is limited tomorrow, the plan is to start at Westfield Rd roundabout and head...

B488 day 2

Picking along the B488, starting at Vicarage Road and heading towards Stocks Rd. If time permits, we'll carry on along towards the windmill car park. Nine more bags filled today. A huge haul from the ...

B488

Revisiting B488 between Westfield Rd and Vicarage Rd. It only took 2 hours to cover both sides of the road today and with only 3 bags filled. Frequent visits to this stretch of road will undoubtedly m...

B488

Day 3 continuing from where we left off yesterday. Limited time today so only managed 2 extra bags of litter to add to the tally. However, recovered an old traffic cone, lorry tyre carcass and an old ...

B488

Continuing from yesterday along B488. 15 bags of waste collected today. The lack of any sort of verge at certain points makes it difficult picking up litter.

B488

B488 between Westfield Rd and Vicarage Rd from 10am onwards. So much litter, I didn't get half way towards Vicarage Road. Eight bags, and other larger stuff, gathered. It's amazing how much nature gr...

Northfield Road

A litter pick along the length of Northfield Road starting at 9am from the B488 Upper Icknield Way roundabout Nine bags collected, 6 general waste and 3 of recyclables.

Northfield Road

8.30 start from the roundabout on B488 Upper Icknield Way, working towards Station Road on one side and then back down the other to leave the collected waste in the layby near the B488 junction. Five ...

Dog walk and litter pick

Walk along Westfield Rd and Marsworth Rd as far as the recreation ground. One carrier bag filled.

Northfield Road

A litter pick down here is long overdue. 17 bags filled! Two fly tips reported on Fix My Street (tyres and scaffolding parts).

B489

Starting at Pitstone windmill car park @ 9am. To clear the south-west verge first (the one without the footpath) up to the turn off to Ivinghoe Beacon, before turning around and clearing the opposite ...

B489 & B488

Weather permitting - 9am start from roundabout at B488 and Westfield Road, working north (ish) towards junctions with Vicarage Road and Stocks Road. If time permits, will continue along towards the wi...

Northfield Road

Litter pick along the length of Northfield Rd starting from the junction with Upper Icknield Way.

Vicarage Road B488 end - take 2!

Checking if there have been more Fosters cans dropped. Another bag filled. Lots more Fosters can, McDonald's packaging and crisp packets. There are about a dozen cans so far into the hedge that I cou...

Vicarage Road B488 end

Unplanned litter pick with the dog. Huge number of Fosters cans discarded. Some too deep into the hedge to reach. Huge number of Fosters cans discarded. Some too deep into the hedge to reach. One bag ...

Northfield Road revisited

Despite being litter picked less than 2 weeks ago, Northfield Rd has accumulated lots more. 9am start from the roundabout on B488 Upper Icknield Way. Six bags collected, together with a tyre and a l...

Dog walk and litter pick

Unplanned litter pick while walking the dog. Covered Westfield Rd from the junction with Warwick Road down to Marsworth Road and Vicarage Road as far as the last bin on the recreation ground. One bag ...

Northfield Road

Starting at 9.30am from the B488 end of Northfield Road and working towards Station Rd before heading back along the opposite side of the road. 10 bags filled.

B489

8.45am start from Pitstone Windmill car park working up along the east side of the B489 to beneath Ivinghoe Beacon and then working back down the west side of the road to the start point. A bag of lit...

Return to the B489

Despite being litter picked recently, there is a lot of fresh litter building up along this road. Start point will be the junction below Ivinghoe Beacon working down towards Pitstone windmill car pa...

Dog walk and litter pick

Church Road, Vicarage Road, Marsworth Road and Westfield Road. One bag filled.

Local pick

Dog walk from home armed with bag and litter pickers. Mostly around St Mary's Church, Pitstone and surrounding woods. Surprisingly lots of cans and plastic bottles, three bags of dog poo and a host of...

B489 & B488 Day 2

Completing yesterday's litter pick. Starting 9.30 at the Stocks Rd junction and heading towards Vicarage Rd and then onto Westfield Rd. Another 10 bags filled today and all stacked in Vicarage Road a...

B489 & B488 Day 1

Starting from the foot of Ivinghoe Beacon and working down towards Ivinghoe, then left at the junction towards the windmill car park and following the road along towards Stocks Road, up to the junctio...

Mystery tour dog walk and litter pick

The dog and I did a circular route taking in Westfield Rd, Marsworth Road and a small part of Vicarage Rd as dmfar as The Pightle. 3 carrier bags worth of litter, twice emptied into the bin on the rec...

Westfield and Marsworth Rd dog walk

Ad hoc litter pick with dog walk One bag of waste collected

Northfield Road footpath and verges

To clear up after the quarry visitors. Five bags collected and left in the layby for Dacorum council.

Dog walk and litter pick

A walk with the dog turned into an unplanned litter pick around St Mary's Church, Pitstone and the surrounding woods. Lots of recyclables recovered in the form of beer cans and bottles, Red Bull cans ...

B488 & B489

Litter pick along B488 starting at 9am from the junction by Ivinghoe Beacon working south towards Northfield Road roundabout at the junction with Westfield Road - time permitting. 20 bags filled.

Northfield Road footpath

Dog walk and ad hoc clear up Two bags filled, lots of beer bottles, quite a few N20 cartridges too.

Pitstone quarry area

To clear any litter in Northfield Road, Upper Icknield Way and the footpath by Northfield Road. 2 bags of general waste, 4 of recycling. There was more litter there, but ran out of bags!

Pitstone windmill, surrounding field and car park

An overdue sweep of this area to clear any litter.

Wander around the village

A random dog walk around the Vicarage Road and Church Road area, armed with litter pickers and black bag. One bag with a variety of items, McDonalds waste, Stella cans and even a pair of condom wrappe...

Upper Icknield Way nr quarry

To clear any litter left by visitors to the Pitstone quarry. Someone beat us to it this morning and most of the waste had been bagged and stacked. I collected 3 further bags from along the verges and ...

Upper Icknield Way roundabout

A clear up after a big attendance at the Pitstone quarry Five bags filled. Bucks council asked to collect the waste.

Westfield Road field

Some beer cans and bottles were left here a few days ago. Intention to clear these all up. All done.

Westfield Road and Upper Icknield Way roundabout

An overdue litter pick of Westfield Road from the 30mph signs up to and including the roundabout. Two bags filled.

Mystery tour dog walk and litter pick

No route planned, the intention is to walk out with the dog and litter pick as we go starting from St Mary's church, Pitstone. 2 bags filled, largely on Vicarage Road between the junctions of Church ...

Westfield and Marsworth Rd

A litter pick and dog walk combined. One large carrier bag filled, mostly with stuff from the ditch which runs alongside Marsworth Road.

Pitstone windmill NT land

To pick up in the windmill car park, the paths in the field, hedge adjacent to Upper Icknield Way and the path alongside Pitstone allotments. One bin bag filled with waste. Surprised there was so much...

Upper Icknield Way

9am start from the windmill car park covering both verges from the start of Ivinghoe and, depending on time, up to the roundabout at Westfield Road. Four bags in total. Three general waste and one of ...

Westfield Road

A litter pick starting at the 30MPH signs and working both sides of the road up to and around the roundabout at Upper Icknield Way.

Recyclables walk - Upper Icknield Way

A revisit of last week's clearance to pick up new recyclable stuff which has started to appear on the verges. 2 bags of recyclables recovered.

Upper Icknield Way unplanned!

Both verges starting from Westfield Road. Two bags collected, one from each side. The south side was challenging to clear as the tractor which originally had trimmed the verge had compressed litter i...

Upper Icknield Way

Revisiting this stretch of road to pick new litter and also that which we didn't have time to pick last time. Starting at 9am from the roundabout at the junction with Westfield Road and heading east ...

Windmill field, car park and surrounds

An overdue clear up. A bag full of litter collected with lots of recyclables. Eight bags of dog poo collected and disposed of in the red bin in Church Road.

Westfield Rd and Upper Icknield Way roundabout

Regular clear up One carrier bag filled to the brim. Several Red Bull cans collected at various locations.

Westfield Road & Upper Icknield Way rouandabout

This stretch is overdue a litter pick. One carrier bag filled with the usual stuff.

Upper Icknield Way day 2

Continuing along Upper Icknield Way towards Ivinghoe. Start point will be determined by where we finished off yesterday. 17 bags of litter collected over the 2 days. Some help today provided by parlia...

Upper Icknield Way

Beginning at the roundabout at Westfield Rd and working east towards Vicarage Road.

Windmill field, car park and surrounds

11.30 start from the Church Road gate in Pitstone.

Westfield Road & Upper Icknield Way

Usual litter pick 1 bag filled. Fireworks debris found again.

Pitstone windmill area

Weekly pick up Two bags today. Covered the windmill field, but most litter came from the windmill car park and some verge picking along Upper Icknield Way at the junction with Stocks Road. Also picked...

Westfield Road & Upper Icknield Way

Periodic tidy up. One bag filled from the dog walking field, Westfield Road (southern end), Icknield Way roundabout and the path parallel with Northfield Road.

Westfield Road & Upper Icknield Way

To clear the items dropped or thrown over the weekend. One bag filled.

Windmill field and car park

Weekly litter pick Half a bag of litter collected together with five bags of dog poop. Collected some further litter along Marsworth Road and Westfield Road

Long distance circular via Ashridge

Loop commencing from Westfield Road, Northfield Rd footpath, Aldbury Nowers, Aldbury village, Ashridge, Incombe Hole descending into Ivinghoe and finishing with a pick around the windmill field and ca...

Westfield Road & Upper Icknield Way

A clear up along the bottom end of Westfield Road and all around the roundabout at the junction with Upper Icknield Way. One bag filled, quite a lot of glass bottles and a fairly equal number of ciga...

Pitstone windmill and car park

Weekly litter pick One carrier bag filled, mostly from litter found in the car park. Pleased to report no bagged dog poop seen.

Aldbury Nowers

A clear up along the Ridgeway footpath within the Aldbury Nowers woods.

Westfield Road and Upper Icknield Way roundabout

A trawl over this otherwise recently-picked area because there have been a few items of litter dropped here since the beginning of the week. A carrier bag full of stuff, mainly plastic bottles, a McDo...

Upper Icknield Way

Where safe to do so, litter collection along the verges of the B489 Upper Icknield Way between Ivinghoe and the junction with the Westfield Road roundabout. Start time will be 12pm midday on the gree...

Windmill field and car park

10am start from Vicarage Road footpath. Dry start, but wet finish. One bin bag of waste and a carrier bag of 14 bagged dog poops all now appropriately disposed of.

Westfield Road inc. Upper Icknield Way roundabout

Picking litter on Westfield Road from the 30MPH signs up to and all around the roundabout on Upper Icknield Way. Four bags of litter and a crate load of cans and bottles recovered. Huge haul of beer ...

Stocks Road

There is currently no through traffic on Stocks Road so the plan is to have a clear up from the junction with the B488 Upper Icknield Way right up to the Pitstone Hill car park. If time permits, there...

Windmill field and car park

A clear up of any litter and bagged dog poo. By and large the car park was fairly clear of litter except for cigarette ends and a Tesco receipt! Around the field I was able to half fill a bin bag with...

Icknield Way #3

To finish the litter pick started on 23rd September. As there is so much litter along this stretch, I have asked AVDC if they can collect our bags at the conclusion of the event from the bus stop near...

Icknield Way #2

To continue with the clear up of this stretch of road between Ivinghoe and Chapel Road, Ivinghoe Aston. Six bags of waste collected today. Two were from around the junction of Chapel Road and Icknield...

Windmill field and car park

Passed by the car park on Monday and saw quite a lot of litter had gathered. A walk to the Rose and Crown on Sunday through the windmill field also revealed a variety of stuff had been discarded here ...

Upper Icknield Way o/s Pitstone Quarry

With the good weather recently there has been a steady flow of visitors to the quarry, many of whom have left waste on the grass verges where they park their cars. The plan is to clear all this. One f...

Ivinghoe bridleway clear up

There have been reports recently of lots of rubbish being dropped along the bridleway between Ivinghoe Golf Club and Chapel Lane, Ivinghoe Aston. The plan is to start at the golf club end and work tow...

Windmill field litter pick

To undertake a litter pick of all the paths within the windmill field to include the path adjacent to the Pitstone allotments and also the windmill car park on the B488 Upper Icknield Way. 9am start....

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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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CPRE Hampshire Litter Pickers
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North Rode Litter Patrol
North Rode is a small spread out rural community, where a few passing motorists love to drive through and leave momentos of their night out, mainly empty cans of carling black label, take away cartons and fag packets. We also clean and keep clear road signs if needed. Let’s keep this beautiful village clean and green!
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Axminster Action
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Seal Sands Beach Cleans
Group of dedicated volunteers who regularly meet to clean North Gare beach.
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FarleighEvents
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TidyEastville
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Albany Park
Albany Park
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Friends of Badock's Wood Litter Group
We aim to keep Badock's Wood as clear of litter as possible so that it is a safe and welcoming place for the resident wildlife and for visitors.
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