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East Cliff,Bournemouth,DORSET,BH1 3DB

10 Feb 2015


Meeting with Matilda Manley of Litter Free Coast and Sea on Bournemouth Pier Dorset Devils had a first meeting with Matilda Manley of LFCS. It was helpful to know how LFCS is organised and what activities and encouragment they offer to local business,fisheries and the general public for the common purpose of litter free beaches and good quality water. She was interested in the activities of DD and wishes for us to both go forward on future initiatives. The great news is #2MinuteBeachClean is coming here to Bournemouth soon (intended April 2015) and we hope to be involved in the launch of this unique idea of Martin Foley. .

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Covid19- DD can’t loan out kit

Whilst we are in the middle of a National Pandemic, Dorset Devils Voluntary Group have suspending the loaning out of litter picking equipment. We will keep this under review and hopefully we can get b...

Covid19- DD can’t loan out kit

Whilst we are in the middle of a National Pandemic, Dorset Devils Voluntary Group have suspending the loaning out of litter picking equipment. We will keep this under review and hopefully we can get ...

New Dorset Devils

New Volunteers who have signed up to our community group were fully kitted out this week and then did their test litter pick in Bournemouth. Siobhan, Bernard, Kate and Moira all passed their test pic...

TeamDD pick with Bournemouth Parks in Mind

Our first 2020 TeamDD activity as we joined up with Bournemouth Parks in Mind which is a wellbeing initiative designed to improve people’s physical and mental health, whilst enhancing parks an...

Dorset Devils

New decade has arrived but very likely the litterers of this world will continue to blight our environment. Dorset Devils Volunteers amongst many others will continue to give up their precious free ti...

Dorset Devils 6th Anniversary

Our community group now numbers 470 residents living within the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole in Dorset. Happy Birthday everyone involved in our group and you for making a difference.

St. James Primary DDpick

Great enthusiasm shown by these children and they were kitted out as junior devils and helped clear bucket loads of litter near and around their school. They had two weeks of environmental lessons wh...

St. Walburga’s Primary School Pick

60 eager and enthusiastic Year4 children joined Dorset Devils on a street Litter pick around their school and local park. They searched, picked and bucketed litter hidden in the roadside bushes. 30 f...

St. Walburga’s Primary School Pick

60 eager and enthusiastic Year4 children joined Dorset Devils on a street Litter pick around their school and local park. They searched, picked and bucketed litter hidden in the roadside bushes. 30 f...

Picnic in the Park Pick

Today we were again on litter patrol for this local community event called Picnic in the Park, on the first fairway of Queens Park GC. Whilst everyone was enjoying a communal picnic, TeamDD carried o...

TeamDD- Great British Spring Clean

Dorset Devils welcomed catering staff from Bournemouth University to celebrate this annual event. We helped clear litter from local streets and chatted with local residents. We even found £26 in E...

Wayne Dixon and Koda with Dorset Devils

We greeted Wayne and Koda as they both came of the Sandbanks chain ferry and then walked and litter picked along 6 miles of Bournemouth coastline. At Bournemouth Pier we were greeted by Cllr. Dave Sm...

Wayne Dixon and Koda with Dorset Devils

We greeted Wayne and Koda as they both came of the Sandbanks chain ferry and then walked and litter picked along 6 miles of Bournemouth coastline. At Bournemouth Pier we were greeted by Cllr. Dave Sm...

Visit to Kingsleigh Primary School

Hand over gathered Beach toys for school’s new sand pit 120 youngsters were happy to talk rubbish with Dorset Devils and show us their own litter posters asking people to put their rubbish in ...

Corpus Christi pick

30 youngsters from Corpus Christi Primary School joined in activities with Dorset Devils on Boscombe Beach. They were looking for the smaller Litter and remarked on how many cigarette butts they foun...

Big Bournemouth Clean Up

This is an event organised by Bournemouth Town Centre BID which encourages local businesses and like-minded residents to join in on a community litter pick through our town. Starts from Turtle Bay, Ho...

Plastic Free Bournemouth

All welcome to this SAS community litter pick from Boscombe to Bournemouth Piers. Starts on Sunday at 11am from Boscombe Pier. This event was postponed due to Beast from the East so Take2!

Great British Spring Clean

Dorset Devils are hosting their own GBSC at Hengistbury Head 49th Bournemouth Air Scouts are joining us. Time to give HH some TLC. #HeroesAssemble Our GBSpringClean had to be rearranged thanks to the...

SAS Beach Clean

Join an SAS Beach clean at Hengistbury Head after Storm Brian. Meet at Hikers Cafe. Start time 14:00-16:00. Wear suitable clothing and sturdy shoes/boots.

Westbourne Litter pick

Community Litter pick starting at 10am. Meet near Marks and Spencer. Equipment provided. Should be refreshments afterwards.

ArtsbytheSea Festival

Dorset Devils are taking part in the 7th ArtsbytheSea Festival in Bournemouth. We are involved in the Litter Free Coast and Sea Litter pick and create images from the plastics found. Saturday 14th Bou...


Another quarterly Beach clean on Friars Cliff Beach. Meet at the end of the promenade. Public car park is just north of this spot, within a few minutes walk. Pebbly Beach so wear sturdy shoes/boot...

Knyveton Gardens Open Day

Dorset Devils have a stall at this event in Frances Road, Bournemouth.Family friendly fun. 10:00-15:00 Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth will be there.

NESTA Over 50's Beachclean

This is a litter pick with a difference! Encourage some of us over 50's to get out there and do a beach litter pick and tick that bucket list! Bournemouth beach by our pier. 10:00-13:00. Come along...

#GDBeachClean Friars Cliff

Dorset Devils wil. journey to Friars Cliff, Christchurch and join in the fun. Very pebbly beach so sturdy footwear needed.


Dorset Devils hosted their inaugural #GDBeachClean on Durley Chine. 25 volunteers from DD went from Durley to Bournemouth Pier. Before the start we spent an hour on the beach and engaged with childre...

Lansdowne Community Pick

Dorset Devils are joining Bournemouth in Bloom and others to remove litter from a section of shrubbery long overlooked. This is between Lansdowne House and Bournemouth College. Litter pick starts at...

Big Bournemouth Clean Up

This is a town centre litter pick organised by Bournemouth Town Centre BID and Healthy High Streets. Dorset Devils will be fully supporting this and will be joined by our Town Rangers, staff from loca...

Friends of Kinson Common

This is an organised community litter pick organised by Friends of Kinson Common who would welcome some community spirit and help. Meet at 10:00 at the Paget Road entrance. Litter picking kit is pro...

Great British Spring Clean- Branksome Rec

This is a GBSC community led litter pick supported and promoted by the Poole Enviroteers with Dorset Devils. TIMING:- 10:00 a 13:00. SATURDAY, 4th MARCH MEETING POINT:- Branksome Recreation Ground ...

Great British Spring Clean-Hengistbury Head

TeamDD are co-hosting this GBSC litter pick with Bournemouth Litter Squad. Also, children by St Katherine's Primary School will be our 'Guests of honour' MEETING POINT:- Outside Hikers Cafe. Free par...

SUBU and TeamDD-Fernheath Nature Reserve

Kick start 2017 by joining Dorset Devils and Bournemouth University SUBU on a community litter pick at FERNHEATH NATURE RESERVE. START:- 13:00 MEETING POINT:- Gather at the top end of the site which i...

SAS beach clean-Bournemouth

SAS organised beach clean on Bournemouth beach.

SAS Autumn- HOLES BAY, Poole

Everyone is invited to a SAS organised beach clean. WEDNESDAY Time 11:00-12:30. LP equipment provided HOLES BAY Poole. Wear suitable clothing and boots relevant to weather conditions.

SAS-Baiter beach- Poole

Surfers Against Sewage organising more beach cleans around our coastlines. WEDNESDAY 26th October, 1:30-3:00. Equipment provided. Wear suitable clothing and shoes relevant to the weather conditions ...

Heathwatch litter pick-Turbary Common

This is a litter pick organised by Turbary Common. Takes place on Tuesday, 30th August starting at 10:30am Meeting point:- Main gate along Turbary Park Avenue. Equipment will be provided. All help ...

Litter Awareness Bournemouth beach

This was an exercise to go down to Bournemouth pick and litter pick but also speak with beach users, especially groups to gather their own rubbish and bin use the bins. Very successful mission by Tea...

Litter Awareness Bournemouth

25 volunteers from TeamDD went to the Lower Gardens in Bournemouth to litter pick and raise litter awareness on a Sunday afternoon. Our junior Devils cane as well and really took the the task with g...

Launch of Litter free Purbeck

Travelling to Swanage and then onto Harman's Cross to support the launch of Litterfree Purbeck. This is the combined efforts within the community of Purbeck to raise awareness in their environment to ...

Picnic in the Park-Queens Park

DORSET DEVILS will have a pitch amongst all the other stalls at this FREE event. We won't be selling anything apart from the idea not to drop litter or better still pick up a piece of two and put it ...

Cheers for Volunteers-Bournemouth

Gathering of like-minded people who have volunteered their own time and effort for the benefits of others and the betterment of our environment. Time to celebrate!

Bournemouth Volunteers Fair

This is a chance to see and speak with more than 30 voluntary groups/organisations in the borough of Bournemouth. It takes place on 1st,2nd and 4th June at the Bournemouth library. This coincides wit...

AFC Bournemouth litter pick

Dorset Devils with J P Morgan litter pick. Dorset Devils joined J P Morgan staff for a litter pick following the last home game of AFC Bournemouth at their stadium. Everyone had fun, especially as so...

Friars Cliff, Christchurch

Our next Beach Clean is 24th April @ 10.30. View 24/1/2016 posting for contact details and standard information

Great Dorset Beach Clean

Timing:- 10:00-12:00. Meet under the cloisters adjacent to Harry Ramsden's. Litter pick will then be west of Bournemouth Pier. Last year Bournemouth University SUBU Volunteering and other residents ...

SAS beach clean Hengistbury Head

This beach clean is organised by Surfers Against Sewage TIMING:- 2pm-4pm Wear sturdy shoes/boots and clothing suitable for the conditions. Come along and have some fun.

SAS beach clean Bournemouth

This is organised by Surfers Against Sewage. TIMING:- 11am-1pm Meet at the Pier. Equipment provided. Wear sturdy shoes/boots and clothing suitable for the seaside conditions. Come along and meet some...

Clean for The Queen- Hengistbury Head

Meet at Hikers Cafe for a beach litter pick 9:30-11:30 This is organised by BBC with BLS and supported by Dorset Devils. Equipment is available. Wear apppropriate shoes/boots and clothing as weather...

Clean for the Queen- Kings Park, Boscombe

Meet at AFC Bournemouth football stadium car park for a litter pick 13:30-15:30 This is organised by BBC wth BLS and fully supported by Dorset Devils and SUBU Volunteering. Equipment is available for...

DD and McD- Clean 4 The Queen

LITTER PICK 11:00-13:00 FRIDAY, 4th March DD will start outside KFC, Lansdowne and walk down Old Christchurch Road to link up with McDonalds- Bennetts Community Crew at HORSESHOE COMMON for 11:00 AM...

SAS Beach Clean Chesil Cove

Here is a chance to join up with SAS at a beach clean. CHESIL COVE 2pm- 4pm. Meet outside Quiddles Cafe on the Esplanade. Gloves, bags and grabbers provided. Bring your own, if possible. Dress for ...

P.I.N.E event

Dorset Devils have been invited to Poole civic centre for their upcoming environment and volunteering event. We will be talking to like-minded people and letting them know how DD operate in our 'pat...

Friars Cliff, Mudeford

Here is another quarterly litter pick at FRIARS CLIFF. SUNDAY, 24th JANUARY Starting at 10:30 Some equipment available. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing fitting the terrain and weather. Graham Higle...

Asda Roundabout, Lansdowne

One of the litter eyesores of Bournemouth is about to receive a major clean up by Dorset Devils and other volunteers. Parks Dept will do a pruning before the day and search for needles and broken gla...

First 2016 DD litter pick

Clean up after New Years Eve entertainment Well, cliff top on East Cliff littered with fireworks paraphernalia. At 11am still red embers from previous night fire on the cliff side of the fencing. Meg...

Dozen Dorset Devils

Litter pick by as many devils in their own patch 12 Dorset Devils doing the right thing in 10 different patch around Bournemouth. East Overcliff Drve, Monkey Island, Woodland Walk, Boscombe beach, Bo...

Lulworth Cove Festive Beach Clean

Meet at the Cove Slipway. Equipment provided but maybe take your own so the kit available can be used by other volunteers. Appropriate clothing and footwear, especially this time of year. Ronald Nicks...

Launch of DD YDL? Campaign

This is the launch of Y Drop Litter? Campaign at the Vitality Football stadium with a litter pick. This will be a filmed event. It was also the launch of BLS. Dorset Devils, McDonalds and 15 children...

Georgie's Gang

Bournemouth beach clean Well, very inclemant weather did not stop these hardy people from carrying on with their planned Bournemouth beach clean. After much fun and foraging on the sand, 3 bags of be...

SAS Autumn Beach Clean

SAS are organising a beach clean at HENGISTBURY HEAD, SUNDAY 1st November 11-12am. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to register. Very pebbly beach so sturdy boots recommended. Weather can be variable so d...

SAS Boscombe

Found out this is a PRIVATE SAS event

Friars Cliff, Mudeford

This is an organised beach litter pick due this SUNDAY 10:30. Takes place every quarter. Wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing dependant on the weather on the day. Equipment provided. Graham H...

Bennetts Beach Blitz

This is a beach clean up organised by McDonalds franchisee Tony Bennett DATE 13th OCTOBER, Tuesday; TIME 15:00; VENUE Boscombe Pier If anyone is free and available, come along a...

Bournemouth marathon litter pick!

Bournemouth Marathon takes place this SATURDAY and SUNDAY-3rd and 4th October If you are available, why not come along sometime over the weekend and do a casual litter pick on route of all the runner...

West Cliff Green Residents Association

There is an organised litter pick this Saturday on West Cliff Green starting at 10:30am by the lamp post at the bottom of the Durley Gardens path. Dorset Devils strolled over from the East Cliff and ...

Westbourne Community Meeting

Dorset Devils are giving a PowerPoint presentation to the residents of Westbourne, Dorset about DD and our activities. We already have 6 devils in this patch. This is the ward of John Beesley, Leader ...

Cub Scouts beach litter pick

Dorset Devils have been asked to help 25 Winton Cub Scouts gain their Environmental Conservation and Community Impact badge. Beach litter pick will be just east of East Cliff zigzag. Meet at East Clif...

Knoll Beach, Studland

Great British Beach Clean is organised by Marine Conservation Society. Times:- 10:30-12:30 Sunday 20th September Dorset Devils are invited to help out on this beach clean. Please register online or a...

Great British Beach Clean 2015

BOURNEMOUTH BEACH SUNDAY 20th September 10:00-12:00 Poole- Holes Bay and Swanage Knoll Beach are taking part in the GBBC on Sunday, 20th September. Both start at 10:30 am Any DD willing and able to jo...

Allotment litter pick

Plan to do a litter pick at Longbarrows allotment. Whilst my wife, Stella- DD as well was tending our vegetables I roamed the perimeter of our allotment and gather litter. Most of it was around the e...

Pokesdown Market-PCF

Something different. DD have a free pitch on Pokesdown Green to promote our voluntary activities in the community and at the same time hopefully encourage others to take care of their own litter. Firs...

Bournemouth Air Festival

4 day Air Festival in Bournemouth. Dorset Devils are invited to do a litter pick between Thursday-Sunday this week. Spend as little or much as you like- every little helps s Tescos says. On the cliff ...

East Cliff beach clean

Meet up at bottom of East Cliff Zigzag at 2pm. Should be 60 minutes litter pick. Come and join us on a casual clean up. Very blustery conditions so much so 2 devils got to the beach and turned around...

Beach clean up East Cliff > Boscombe

We intend to do a casual beach clean this Tuesday, starting 2pm from the bottom of East Cliff Zigzag going towards Boscombe Pier. This should take about an hour but you can leave at anytime. Wear rea...

Friars Cliff, Mudeford

This beach clean is open to any Dorset Devil who wishes to join a beach clean at Friars Cliff, Mudeford. Starts at 9:30 am see Dorset and East Devon Beach Clean Calendar for more information. They wil...

Beach litter pick East Cliff > Bournemouth Pier

Just a gentle stroll and litter pick from East Cliff Zigzag going towards Bournemouth Pier. Meet 2pm and should be 60-90 minutes and then a coffee. Anyone nearby and free can join us.


ITS ALL PAINTED AND LOOKING GREAT- read on. As well as Adopt a Street in Dorset Devils, we are now expanding to:- ADOPT A BUS SHELTER! Dorset Devils will now clean and maintain this bus shelter opposi...


This is an initiative founded by Martin Dorey who wishes to encourage as many beach lovers as possible to offer a very limited amount of their time to clear some of the litter from our beaches,take a ...

Kings Park Steam Show

If any Dorset Devils would be interested, the Steam Fare at Kings Park is on Saturday and Sunday 4/5th July. I will be around litter picking at mid-day Sunday to support Pokesdown Community Forum. Any...

Seashore Scavengers

This beach clean at Studland is organised by Seashore Scavengers. SUNDAY 10:30-12:30. Meet at Knoll Beach. See Dorset and East Devon Community Beach Clean Calendar for more details.

CIWM- Rotherham

CIWM Engaging Through Partnership Workshop. This took place 11th June at the Marriott Hotel in Rotherham. Along with Dorset Devils the other 2 speakers were Cherry Lewis-Taylor, MacDonalds franchisee ...


Litter pick from East Cliff zigzag to Bournemouth Pier and back. 3 Devils met up at bottom of East Cliff zigzag. Strolled along the beach and found a few metal items left behind after the Wheels Fest...


500,000+ visitors are expected on East Overcliff Drive, our beaches, Pier Approach and town centre over the next 3 days. Dorset Devils are invited to do their thing during and after this spectacle h...


Studland Beach, South West Coast Path SUNDAY 10:30-12:30. This beach clean is organised by Seashore Scavengers. 3rd Sunday EVERY MONTH. PLEASE VIEW DORSET AND EAST DEVON COMMUNITY BEACH CLEAN CALEND...

Post Cherries Parade

WEATHER WARNING 45-53mph wind speed tomorrow. No thanks. 2PM from Boscombe Beach going towards Toft Zigzag, Bournemouth. Let's hope not too much litter after all the celebrations but if there is, we ...


We Made it onto local news! Stella and I were litter picking down by Bournemouth Pier as you do and some guy starts to include us in shot whilst filming our Tourism Chief after Bournemouth did somethi...


Went from Cumberland Hotel, down East Cliff zigzag,on to and around the pier and back up East Cliff Promenade and passed Jon Eggings Memorial Took 90+minutes and 2.5 black bags of litter off the cliff...


This worthwhile organised beach clean will start from BOURNEMOUTH PIER 10AM UNTIL MIDDAY..It would be great for as many Dorset Devils to be available on SUNDAY, 26th APRIL. Last year 700 volunteers to...

Approached hotels re GDBC

Attempt to see what support seafront hotels on the East Cliff and other outlets will make towards GDBC. Apart from 3 hotels I received positive responses from my others to display the GDBC poster as ...


Today wanted to put up signage re our beach clean for next Sunday. Early rise today and wondered along the cliff top at 7:20 going towards Bournemouth Pier. I managed to pin 10 A5 posters on the vari...


Well today there will be hundreds of runners doing what they do best and that's run a 10 mile race from Bournemouth Pier. Maybe DD could also consider a trip to the beach and do their own marathon LP ...

New recruit going through her paces

Another recruit expected at DD headquarters to collect LP kit and then go on a probation LP. New recruit, Sue came round to collect her DD LP kit and then time for a probation wonder around for 20/30...

Sunny EASTER Bank Holiday

Why not spend a few moments outside today and use those grabbers to great effect. Most of us operate separately and hopefully by our presence and example our neighbours and passers by will notice our ...


Go along Gervis Road, down Bath Road and along East Overcliff Drive. Ryan went along Gervis Road, up Meyrick and then down Bath Hill. Met up with Mrs Ryan along Russell Coates Road. Went back on ours...

Thank You to NHS

Royal Bournemouth Hospital have shown a lot of care and attention over the last 12 months as well as FREE treatment to Mr and Mrs DD. As a Thank You, DD have been carrying out hospital litter picks o...

SAS Spring Beach Clean Up


Monkey Island Spring Clean

Cumberland Hotel to Monkey Island, down to beach and then walk to Toft Zigzag. Monkey island received a spring clean from DD today. Not in bad condition so think maybe DD been here recently. Mucky be...


Dorset Devils have been approached by a Bournemouth Univeristy student who is creating a photoshoot based on litter and waste on our beaches how it affects our community. We will be meeting at the bo...

Stella does her own LP!

She is back! Well Bournemouth beware. This lady is now in a street near you. Don't dare drop litter near her or you will get what's 4. Out for 60 minutes on her own! BRAVO.


Meet at TOFT ZIGZAG on top of cliff. We will decide then if we go down to the beach or check out cliff side which has recently been pruned. If any new person would like to join us GREAT. Please contac...

St Patrick's Day greetings

Hope you all enjoy an Irish stew and a couple of G's today and enjoy the craic!

Funny LP story

I do litter pick sessions at Royal Bournemouth Hospital to thank them for all the treatment and care Stella and I received in the last 6 months I just got off the bus at the hospital intending to do a...


They exist!


DD are going to visit a resident of Pokesdown who has sent out a distress posting on STREETLIFE,an online local community chat line asking for litter volunteers. We shall see what we can do!


I just carried out my first #2MBC on Bournemouth beach. Took a snap and posted it. ITS THAT SIMPLE- Go on google it! LFCS say this initiative is still coming to a beach very near you but a few things ...

Beach clean from top of Toft Zigzag going East towards Bournemouth Pier

Dorset Devils's next Tuesday clean up is as usual at 2pm, from top of Toft Zigzag and going down and then along the beach towards Bournemouth Pier. This should take about 90minutes but if you need to ...


This is an opportunity for Dorset Devils to meet some of their local residents and make them aware of our existence and what we do on a voluntary basis. The meeting is at the Cottonwood Hotel in Grove...


Our next Dorset Devils beach clean up this Tuesday 2pm from starting from PORTMAN REVINE Promenade going east. Should be 90 minutes approximately. Join us if you are available and weather is to your l...


This beach clean is organised by Durlston Rangers for SUNDAY 1st MARCH. Time of the beach clean is now CONFIRMED AS 14:00 - 16:00. Gloves and bags are provided by them. So why not travel by car or eve...

Boscombe Pier to East Cliff Zigzag

Anyone invited to join Dorset Devils and do a gentle litter pick (weather permitting)which will take 1-2 hours but remember as you are a volunteer can leave at ANYTIME. ANYONE NEW TO DD:- Please let ...

Beach clean Urban Reef going East to Southbourne

Tuesday 17 February 14:00 starting from Urban Reef going towards Southbourne. Welcome. Not one but two more people joined us at Urban Reef,Boscombe for a beach clean going to Fisherman's Walk,up the ...


Thought this should be registered on DD site. This is the first reusable cigarette pouch I handed out at Urban Reef, Boscombe. This lady was very grateful for the free gift and promised to use it whe...


SPECIAL PROJECT:- Winters day on Bournemouth beach. TARGET :- see what one person can collect on the beach in just one hour scanning the surface. THE FACTS ARE STAGGERING! View photograph and guess ho...


Well our next targeted area to cover is going down Toft Zigzag quickly and litter pick on beach going towards Boscombe pier. If time allows we will continue on from there. Forecast for next Tuesday is...

Meeting at Town Hall

Michael Filer,Ward Councillor of East Cliff has shown an interest in the litters pickers who voluntarily scan our region for discarded litter here there and everywhere.Our meeting is at the town town ...

East Cliff beach clean up

Meet at Red Arrows memorial on East Overcliff Drive at 2pm. Then proceed to East Cliff zigzag clearing rubbish on the way and then proceed down to the beach and clear some of the plastic etc everywher...

Kimmeridge Bay Beach Clean Up

Dorset Devils will be travelling to Kimmeridge Bay,passed Swanage on another beach clean up. Hope the weather is kind to us and the event is fully supported. This clean up is organised by Dorset Wildl...

Beach clean Toft zigzag > Bournemouth pier

Meeting at top of Toft Zigzag and going down the cliff walkway and along the beach to Bournemouth pier. Weather was just on the edge but two merry men got on their all weather gear and proceeded with...

Friars Cliff Beach Care

Dorset Devils will be driving to Friars Cliff,Mudeford to join a beach clean taking place between 10:30 and 12:30. Free parking and free hots drinks after the litter pick. Hooray. We arrived early an...


DORSET DEVILS will be scaling the cliff fence opposite Cottonwood Hotel, Eastcliff and clearing away all the cans and bottles and other litter which has either blown from the street or more likely bee...

Manor Road litter blitz

Target area:-Manor Road Bournemouth from Green Park apartments down to just before Hinton Firs Eastcliff 3 members of Dorset Devils ventured down Manor Road clearing litter as normal. I did not reali...

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.

Woodley waste refuse
Cleaning up the streets of Woodley and helping the community in any way I can.
7 months
Thorpe Gate Rivercare
Our objectives are: - Keep our area free from litter, rough sleeping, drugs etc, working closely with the Council and its contractors - Look after our stretch of the river and its habitat - Support other groups to help keep Peterborough free from litter - Help to promote a climate where it is unacceptable to drop litter - Work cooperatively with the council to clean up Peterborough
10 years
DofE Volunteering
We will be working in London Parks and our neighbourhood streets. Occasionally we will work on the river bank.
7 months
Brisbane Road
Make Brisbane Road an even better lace to live
4 years
Kempsford, Dunfield & Whelford Pickers
This group primarily picks on the roads and byways around Kempsford, Dunfield & Whelford, but does undertake picking less frequently around Fairford and Castle Eaton
7 months
St Cleer Litter Picker
I am a walker / runner living in the St Cleer, Liskeard area fed up with seeing discarded litter cluttering the country lanes and endever to do a litter pick every Saturday morning following a 5k circuit around the villages. You are welcome to join me and help. Bring you HI Vis Jacket & black bags.
52 years
Folkestone Litter Pickers
Starting up a group in Folkestone. Looking for people to join me.
2 years
Fringe dwellers
Cleaning up our local area and implementing measures to prevent further littering / fly tipping.
6 years
Aston LitterBusters
Aston has become like a huge dustbin and now its down to residents to make Aston clean and be proud of it!
7 months
The Rudloe Mob
We are not really a group! We are a loose alliance! We started as dog walkers and photographers back in the 70s. I would be walking with our hound and stop to take a picture only to find that foreground rubbish had to be removed. This led to always taking bags for rubbish whenever I went out. For larger items (fly-tips etc) I would move them to a suitable roadside location and call the council who were (and are) very obliging. My “comrades” would do the same. This has been going on ever since (our last dog departed some years ago but the walking and photography continue).

My current (well actually for many years) “bete noire” is bagged dog crap. Twas quite funny, some years ago we had a serial crap flinger - it was everywhere: undergrowth, behind walls, brambles, trees etc. So, one weekend we decided to have a blitz on the stuff. We found about 250 bags in the undergrowth along Leafy Lane, over 100 in one location behind a dry stone wall and so on - a total of around 700 bags altogether. I was walking down my road with a bin bag of bagged dog crap over each shoulder when a neighbour stopped me and asked what I had in the bags! Since that time he and his wife have been inveterate litter pickers. The bagged dog crap problem continues. I have picked up about 30 in various locations over the past couple of weeks (this statement will be approximately true whenever you are reading this!). I used to think that this was just one halfwit on the loose, but it appears that this extraordinary behaviour is common practice. I believe (and I have written to Wilts CC about this) that the socially-acceptable practice of bagging dog crap, binning it and dumping it into landfill is an aberration. We have programmes on TV where ologists of various kinds look at ancient middens to find out how people lived. What will future ologists think of our society?

“Look - they used to wrap up their dog crap and bury it - how weird!”

Talking of weird, an odd incident occurred during my 23 Jan 2012 pick-up. I had a good bin-bag full of rubbish which I was attempting to stuff into the waste bin at Northleaze Mobile Home Park when one of a posse of locals shouted over “Oi - what do you think you’re doing?”. A small exchange ensued during which I explained that this was at least a weekly occurrence and I was tidying-up THEIR environment. But they were having none of it - “You can’t do that”, one said. I should say that this lady did offer to put the rubbish in her own bin but by this time the bin-bag was ripped and taking it out again would have seen the rubbish spilled on the ground. Anyway, their objection seemed to be one of possession - it was their bin! This would be fair enough if the bin was ever used but every time I deposit rubbish in that bin, it is empty (as it was on this occasion). It seems that they want theoretical of the bin without ever using it! Anyway my bin-bag was stuffed into the bin; the bin was emptied by the council the next morning and I stuffed a further bag of rubbish into it later that day. It is odd that no account is taken of rubbish lying in the street but clearance of that same rubbish invokes local disapproval!

Another anecdote - for many years, on Sunday mornings when out walking the dog, I would find an empty bottle of South African white wine (always South African) and an empty (70cl) bottle of vodka tightly knotted into a Tescos plastic bag in the lay-by in White Ennox Lane. What a wild time they must have had and what an interesting drive home.

The bizarre things you find when out collecting rubbish! Today, 25 Nov 2012, it was the “Bath & Wells Diocesan News”, No 264, December 1980 (see pic)! This was by the bus stop at the top of Box Hill. I can imagine the Bishop of Bath & Wells waiting for the bus in his vestments with his mitre and crosier (or is that Catholic bishops?) and unfortunately dropping his News on boarding the bus. One of the News items was the 1980 General Synod at which a major issue would be the ordination of women! Now, thirty-two years on, the Synod has been voting on women bishops. What a slow-moving organisation the C of E is!

By the way, the 20,000 or so bags picked up is an estimate, but probably a conservative one. My weekly pick-up is about 8 bags - 8x52x32(years) is about 13,000. I am, no doubt, doing a great disservice to the rest of the Mob in estimating their input as only 7,000 bags - watch out for the update.

The following table started in 2012, which I will try to update regularly, gives an idea of the scale of the ‘problem’.

1 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, field edge 4+bags+mattress - called Wilts CC
2 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane, woods and playing fields, 5 bags
3 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road, Box Hill Common 3 bags+ fly tip - called Wilts CC
4 Jan 2012: Quarry Hill, 3 bags + bagged dog crap (BDC)
5 Jan 2012: B3109, A4 to Hare & Hounds 5 bags+ BDC (7 bags)
6 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & A4 towards Corsham, 5 bags
7 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, Park Lane, 4 bags+ BDC
8 Jan 2012: A4 towards Box, 2 bags
9 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
12 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road 1 bag+ small fly tip - called Wilts CC
16 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
17 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, The Carriage Drive, Pound Mead, 7 bags
23 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 3 bags + BDC
24 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 2 bags
28 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & B3109 from small Fiveways towards Corsham, 1 bag
7 Feb 2012: B3109 and A4 towards Corsham, 1 bag
8 Feb 2012: Leafy Lane and woodland, 2 bags
12 Feb 2012: A4 towards Box, 4 bags
13 Feb 2012: Rudloe Firs and A4 towards Corsham 10 bags (and still stuff remaining)
13 Feb 2012: (later) B3109, 2 bags
21 Feb 2012: B3109, 1 bag
23 Feb 2012: B3109, Leafy Lane, Leafy Lane Playing Fields, 14 bags

Okay, I guess you get the picture so with one month being very much like another I will discontinue the diary. This is a week-on-week, year-on-year occupation. The last pick-up listed above is instructive though - let me elaborate .. Leafy Lane Playing Fields is a 20 acre site at the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its users include football clubs, cricket clubs etc but the principal user is AFC Corsham who do an outstanding job in providing opportunities for young people to play football. AFC Corsham runs 15 teams for youngsters between the ages of around 5 to 15/16. You can imagine therefore the number of youngsters provided for and the scores of parents who ferry their charges back and forth from home to ground and back. All fine BUT it appears that not one of the committee, managers and coaches, parents or others gives a hoot about the enormous piles of litter which are left to accumulate week after week. Rather than an AONB, Leafy Lane Playing Fields resembles a rubbish tip. The Rudloe Mob has an onslaught on the accumulation every couple of months or so. Of the 14 bags collected on 23rd February 2012, 10 came from the playing fields and this was just the tip of the iceberg (see photographs of some of what still remains). The state of the playing fields is, I believe, representative of the state of Britain. A 20-acre site frequented by a community of users who deposit rubbish then cheerfully wander through that same rubbish without giving it a second thought. With regard to litter, whether it is at community or national level, in general “we” couldn’t care less.

In the eighties “that cow” (as described by our local MP at the time, the 6th Earl of Kilmorey or Sir Richard Needham) appointed Richard Branson as the uncrowned king of litter - see this 2005 Guardian article on the subject - but his campaign along with all others, like the long-established Keep Britain Tidy, failed or is failing. It is not good enough to have high-profile personalities, photo-shoots and high-salaried executives with meaningless job descriptions - take a look at the job description for the £40k plus Head of Communications and Marketing at Keep Britain Tidy:

*Implementation and delivery of the five year communications strategy and annual action plan
*Enhanced reputation of Keep Britain Tidy and its sub-brands
*Senior management feel supported through provision of strategic advice and guidance
*New income streams developed, for example, from behaviour change campaigns
*Stakeholders strategically managed and influenced
*Resources managed effectively within budget to meet to customer demand
*Visible leadership to the relevant communications teams as well as across the wider organisation
*Enhanced profile of the organisation with the relevant audiences
*Public membership scheme developed and successfully implemented, when agreed

Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns! We are drowning in a sea of rubbish! You can see the outcome of almost 60 years of Keep Britain Tidy in the small community area covered by this Litteraction webpage. YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO GET OUT THERE AND PICK UP RUBBISH -REGULARLY!
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