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Longmead Litter Sweep

Shaftesbury,SP7 8DT

03 Jun 2014

23:00

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the usual hotspots in the vicinity. Seven members of the team, including our newest member, Pippa, on her first litter pick, met up between the showers at the Longmead car park. Mel and Ty took one team down through the residential area and along Coppice Street. The other team cleared along Longmead and around Ivy Cross, with a brief sortie into Barton Hill. A total of seven bags were collected and left for removal by the DWP..

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Final Recorded Litter Pick

Meet at the Tesco recycling site of 2pm. A very wet afternoon - only six bags collected! After 105 group litter picks and over 2,400 bags collected - plus an unquantifiable amount of fly tipped debri...

Litter Pick 104

Meet at Barton Hill at 2.30pm. Bags collected: eight.

Litter Pick 103

Meet at Mampitts Litter Bin at the usual time of 2pm. Bags collected: 14.

Brexit Dog Poo Bonanza

Meet at the Tesco recycling site at the usual time of 2pm. Bags collected: 21.

March Mop Up

As Mary will be co-ordinating the afternoon, the litter pick will start at the slightly later time of 2.30pm, meeting at the Barton Hill car park. With Mary in charge, 14 members tacked a wide area, l...

Century Litter Pick

This will be our one hundreth group litter pick and will be led by Ty. Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. On a wet afternoon, 11 members came along to take part in the gro...

Snowdrop Litter Pick

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Seven hardy volunteers braved a wet start to what turned out to be a pleasant afternoon. A total of 11 bags collected - a good result for a...

Mel & Mary's Unpleasant Surprises

Meet at the Barton Hill car park at the later time of 2pm. An excellent turnout of 19 members tackled routes planned by Mary around the northern and central areas of the town. Some 20 bags were colle...

Ty's Team Tidy Up

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. With Ty leading, 12 members tackled routes mainly around the south and east of the town. The badly littered eastern housing development ...

New Year Litter Sweep

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. On a sunny and crisp afternoon, 16 members came along for our first group litter pick of 2017. A really successful afternoon, leaving l...

Christmas Litter Pick

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Three Dozen Cider Bottles and a Laptop

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Ty's Team Tackle the Hotspots

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at 2pm. With Ty co-ordinating the afternoon, the team collected 16 bags from many of the usual hotspots.

All Neat in November

Meet at the Barton Hill car park at the later time of 2.30pm. Under Mary's direction, 15 members tackled a variety of routes, mainly around the northern end of the town. Mel and Ty, who were unable t...

Northern Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Another great effort this afternoon. The 11 group members collected a total of 16 bags, once again leaving parts of our town looking di...

Carnival Capers Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Another good afternoon's work that, once again, has left a large part of our historic hilltop town cleaner and litter free. Between the 13 ...

Litter Mountain Conquered

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Back to School Sweep Up

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Five Feel the Heat

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Barton Hill Bonanza

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Warm Wednesday Walkabout

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Three Trolleys and a Car Wheel

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Litter Pick #83

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Barton Hill Gang Clean Up

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Twenty Tidy the Town

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May Mop Up

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April Showers Spruce Up

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Spring Clean Up

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Jeanneau Woodland Project

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Clean for The Queen

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Wet Wednesday Walkabout

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February Freshen Up

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Northern Hotspots Sweep Up

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New Year Clean Up

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. As we start a new year, we welcomed yet another volunteer, Jenny, who joined us for the first litter pick of 2016. This brings our curre...

Christmas Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Although attendance was reduced by pre-Christmas commitments, 14 members met at the Tesco recycling skips to tackle five routes, mainly arou...

December Dash

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. We welcomed Trudie to her first litter pick with the group. With an excellent turnout of 18 members, we were able to cover a large area...

Windy Wednesday Walkabout

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin, at the usual time of 2pm. A total of 12 members braved a wet and very windy afternoon. Areas tackled included the following: A30 Salisbury Road / The Maltin...

Celebration Sweep Up

Main meeting place is the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. A good afternoon's work today: a large turnout of 21 members; 17 bags collected (bringing our group total to 1,507); lots of t...

Mary's Murky Afternoon Mop Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car at the usual time of 2pm. On a murky Shaftesbury afternoon, 13 of us cleared several of the usual hotspots (Ivy Cross, Barton Hill and the A30 - Lion's Head - Dark Lan...

Carnival Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. A smallish team today - but another really good outcome! Although there were only 13 of us, we managed to cover a large area of the town, f...

Clean Up for the Countess

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the earlier time of 10.30am. An excellent turnout of 14 members enabled us to tackle the major routes around and into the town. We also cleared several car parks,...

Back to School Tidy Up

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Late Summer Clean Up

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Glorious Twelfth Litter Hunt

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North West Clean Up

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Ty's Tidy Up

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. On a hot and humis afternoon, 14 team members met at the Mampitts Road litter bin. Under Mel and Ty's direction, we tackled routes aroun...

Mid Year Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. On a very hot and humid afternoon - the hottest day of the year according to the TV weather bulletins - eight members braved the conditions...

Barton Hill Hot Spots

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. With Mary co-ordinating the afternoon, 12 members tackled the usual hot spots around the Barton Hill area. These included the recreatio...

Grot Spots Clear Up

Meet at the Tesco recyclling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Thanks to another great team effort, several key areas of the town were left looking a great deal cleaner and a couple of real "grot spots"...

Shaftesbury Food Festival

Contect Peter Askin if you wish to help. While the inclement weather and a scaled-down event meant that we were not as busy as last year, our skeleton team of volunteers once again helped to make the ...

Hilltop Half Century Haul

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm. A record-breaking litter pick! Just 14 members collected the amazing total of 52 bags of rubbish and a good pile of other debris. Not a b...

Election Clean Sweep

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Clean Up for St George

Meet at Mary's house at the usual time of 2pm. On the eve of our patron saint's day, Mary's team tackled the usual hotspots around the north of the town. These included Christy's Lane, the A30 to Lon...

Community Clean Up Day

Meet at the Lindlar Hall at the usual time of 2pm. A great turn-out of nineteen members on a pleasantly warm April afternoon. Between us, we cleared a large part of the eastern residential area from ...

Spring Clean Up

Met at the Barton Hill car park at the usual time of 2pm. Another enthusiastic turnout - 16 in total - and one of our best for some time. We welcomed Pippa back from India and new members Kate and Di...

The Usual Hotspots

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. Another great turn-out of 15 members on our last group litter pick. Under Ty's direction, we collected 19 bags of rubbish and a pile of ...

Northern Hotspots Blitz

Meet at the Barton Hill car park at the usual time of 2pm. On our mildest afternoon for some time, we had another good turn out of 13 members in the afternoon. We collected 17 bags of rubbish, severa...

Snowdrop Spruce Up

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. New members Keith and Issie joined us for their first litter pick with the group. Splitting into three teams, we covered a wide area aro...

Mary's Wild Challenge

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Another good turn out on a windy afternoon, with 12 members tackling areas mainly around the north of the town. These included the A30 ...

Ty's Tea Party Tidy Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm with tea at the Salt Cellar at 3pm by courtesy of Ty, who is co-ordinating today's litter pick. Another good turnout for Ty's Tea Party Tidy...

New Year Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm, for our first litter pick of 2015, when we reach the milestone total of 1,000 bags. On a wet and blustery afternoon, 11 hardy members t...

Shaftesbury Christmas Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm with complimentary tea and mince pies in the Salt Cellar at 3pm. Sixteen members - plus our two young environmental activists Erin and Eve - ...

December Dash

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Another excellent turnout and a near record bag count. On a cold afternoon, 16 members came along to tackle locations mainly in the nor...

Mary's Mop Up

Meet at the Longmead car park at the usual time of 2pm for Mary's first litter pick as organiser. Eleven members cleared routes around the locality, collecting 16 bags and a scooter.

Ty's Bonfire Blitz

Meet at the Longmead car park at the usual time of 2pm. On a fresh November afternoon, 13 members tackled Ty's four carefully planned and demanding routes that enabled us to clean up most of the south...

Autumn Town Brush Up

Meet at the usual time of 2pm outside the town hall. Another excellent turn out with 18 memebers meeting outside the town hall to tackle an extensive area in and around the town centre. A start was m...

Carnival Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm. A total of 18 members (and guests) - a possible record turnout - came along to help with the post-carnival litter pick. We were able to t...

Seven Clean Up the Hotspots

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. A total of ten bags were collected by a small, but enthusiastic team of seven members. Several of the usual hotspots including Christy's La...

Back to School Sweep Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. The 13 of us covered a wide area including Grosvenor Road, Ivy Cross, the A30 from Long Cross, the Lion's Head lay-by, New Road, Dark La...

Summer Clean up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at 2pm on Thursday, rather than Wednesday. With today's activity co-ordinated by Mel and Ty, we covered quite a lot of ground, from Ivy Cross, through Wincombe recre...

August Hotspot Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the usual neighbourhood hotspots. A good afternoon's work that produced 15 bags of rubbish, a large pallet, an ironing board and a...

Summer Holiday Litter Sweep

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle hotspots at this end of the town. On a very warm and sticky afternoon, nine members managed to tackle quite a few problem areas...

Britain in Bloom Brush Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling site for a general "brush up" of the key locations prior to the judges' visit on 10 July. Complimentary tea and cakes in the Salt Cellar afterwards. A total of 14 members ...

Mid Summer Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead car park at the usual time of 2pm. Eight members assembled at the Longmead car park before splitting into teams to tackle the Wincombe recreation park, parts of Christy's Lane, Po...

Shaftesbury Festival

Two days of organised litter picking at the Shaftesbury Festival over the weekend of 7 and 8 June. What a great experience! On a mainly warm and sunny weekend, 12 members came along to help with litte...

Western Aproaches Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle some of the usual hotspots including the A30 from Long Cross to Ivy Cross and the Shaftesbury to Gillingham road (New Road) plu...

Wincombe Area Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Areas to be tackled to be agreed nearer the time. Ten members met up at the Longmead free car park, which was fairly litter free as Darren...

Easter Litter Hunt

Meet at the war memorial on Park Walk at the usual time of 2pm for an Easter litter hunt around the town's heritage trail. On a less than clement St Georges Day, nine members braved the elements to me...

Anniversary Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm for our first anniversary clean up of the local area. Some 13 members split into teams to tackle a wide area. Ty's team made their way t...

Lox Lane Litter Sweep

Meet at the A30 end of Lox Lane at 10am for this one-off clean up of Lox Lane. On a warm and sunny Mothering Sunday morning, five members made an early start to tackle Lox Lane. This well used cut th...

Not Wincombe Again!

Meet at the Longmead free car park at 2pm to tackle the well-known litter hotspots in the neighbourhood. A total of 11 members turned out and split into four groups to tackle the Wincombe recreation p...

Spring Clean Up

Meet at the Boys' Club (Shaftesbury Youth Centre) car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the lower end of the town. On a pleasantly warm afternoon, 11 enthusiastic litter pickers split into three...

Ivy Cross Clean Up 2 Again

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle several hotspots around the Ivy Cross and Bleke Street area. After a break of four weeks, the group welcomed two new members, G...

Ivy Cross Area Clean Up 2

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle several hotspots around the Ivy Cross and Bleke Street area. Postponed due to forecast of heavy rain and very strong winds.

Wincombe Area Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle local hot spots including the recreation park, Christy's Lane and Longmead. Equipped with our new Handihoop bag holders - and fort...

David's Lay By Clean Up

An impromptu clean up of a heavily littered lay by in Shaftesbury by group member David on 19 January 2013. Most of us know that the lay by just off the Shaftesbury to Gillingham road, close to Lion's...

Coppice Street Area Again

Meet at the Boys' Club car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the areas around Coppice Street and Mampitts Road. With rain threatening, 13 members gathered at the Youth Centre in Coppice Street f...

New Year Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at 2pm on Thursday 2 January to tackle the usual hotspots at the northern end of the town. Future events will revert to Wednesdays every two weeks.. On an unusua...

Christmas Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco car park (near the recycling bins) at the usual time of 2pm. From here, smaller teams will tackle the usual hotspots before converging on the town centre to meet outside the town ha...

Central Area Clean Up

Meet at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm. From here, we will be able to tackle Christy's Lane, Longmead and the Wincombe recreation park. On a grey, but dry, November afternoon, 13...

Salisbury Road Clean Up

Meet at the Royal Chase roundabout (possibly the Half Moon car park) at the usual time of 2pm. We aim to tackle Salisbury Road and the other roads leading into the traffic island and the surrounding ...

Ivy Cross Area Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Depending on numbers, we can tackle several areas including Ivy Cross, New Road, the A30 Sherborne road and Christy's Lane. Ten members...

Wincombe Area Clean Up

Our next group litter pick is on Wednesday 16 October, when we are meeting at the Longmead free car park (behind Hine Motors). From here we can follow a circular route along Wincombe Lane, down throu...

Post Carnival Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle Barton Hill and the Ivy Cross area. The fair will just have vacated the recreation ground and this may be a good time to clear...

Coppice Street Clean Up 2

Meet at the Boys' Club in Coppice Street at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the neighbouring streets and the recreation area. Depending on numbers, we may also return to the Barton Hill skateboard pa...

Wincombe Area Clean Up

We are meeting at the Longmead free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle Wincombe Park and the surrounding area. Starting from the Longmead car park, eight members of the team followed a circul...

Playgrounds Re-visited 2

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle Barton Hill, Christy's Lane and the Coppice Street play area. After assembling at Barton Hill, eight members split into three t...

Playgrounds Re-visited

Meet at the Longmead car park at the usual time of 2pm for a re-visit to the Wincombe Lane and, possibly, the Barton Hill recreation grounds. Starting at the Longmead car park (heavily littered as usu...

Dark Lane Clean Up 2

Meet in the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm for the sequel to the '18-rated' horror original. With the temporary encampment now cleared, this should be 'PG' rated, involving collec...

Dark Lane Clean Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the Dark Lane area. Please wear suitable clothing for this clean up. Substantial gloves and footwear, long trousers and a lon...

Barton Hill Clean Up

Assemble in the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the Barton Hill and Ivy Cross areas. Eight members split into pairs and spread out to cover a wide area around Ivy cross. ...

Royal Chase Area Clean Up

Meet at the Half Moon car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle the area around the Royal Chase roundabout. On a wet afternoon, nine members tackled the A30 Salisbury Road and the other main roads f...

Coppice Street Clean Up

Meet at the Boys'Club car park at the usual time of 2pm to tackle Coppice Street and the neighbouring roads. Another excellent turn out, with ten members tackling the area around Coppice Street. Foll...

Wincombe Park Clean Up

Meet at 2pm behind the Co-op on King Alfred's Way, Shaftesbury, to tackle the 'litter cage' at the top of Imber Road and a general sweep of the Wincombe Lane recreation area. On a warm and sunny after...

Park Walk Clean Up

Group clean up of Park Walk, Shaftesbury starting at 2pm. Our second group event on a warm and sunny May Day attracted an encouraging number of new volunteers. Splitting into four teams, we tackled t...

Co-op Area Clean Up

Group clean up of area around Co-op and Chinese takeaway on King Alfred's Way, Shaftesbury starting at 10am. Our first group event. On a damp cold day, six of the team collected nine bags from this s...

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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 https://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/sep/24/comment - 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:

OUTCOMES TO BE DELIVERED
*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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