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Minstead Area Litter Pick

Unit One, The Swan Centre,Eastleigh,SO50 5SG

13 Jan 2016

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We will be meeting at the Andrew Mare car park at 10am on 13th January 2016. We will be picking up rubbish from the car park and up & around the lake and then follow the fence by the A31(forest side) towards Picket Post picking up any rubbish that has blown over from the A31, Directions: Follow the M27 up from Cadnam and onto the A31. After passing the Travelodge on the left, take the next exit(signposted Emery Down). Then take the first exit on the right which is the entrance to the car park. Contact me for more details. I was SO pleased when I opened my eyes this morning & the sun was shining through my bedroom window! Considering the rain we have had in the last couple of months, sun was great even if it was cold, and it was literally freezing. At around 10am we met up in the Andrew Mare car park, all ready for a couple of hours litter picking. We had been alerted to a litter problem in this area when a member of the public, Tessa Keeley, who lives close to the spot contacted us.

So we met up with Tessa, who joined us for the pick to show us exactly where there was a problem. In our team there was me(Sarah-Environment Manager), Tony(The Franchisee), Wez(The Operations Manager), Sharon(Assistant Manager from Picket Post), Kayleigh(Planet Champion from Bournemouth), Sam(Planet Champion from Eastleigh), Marie(Planet Champion from Swaythling) & DJ(Planet Champion from Christchurch). After a quick discussion, we came out of the car park and Team One headed up towards the A31 and the other team(Two) headed down towards Emery Down. Team One walked along the road looking out for items in bushes as well as in the ditch beside the road. We found here a suitcase, a light from roadworks, a hub cap as well as lots of glass & plastic bottles and lots of rubbish. Baby wipes were also a very common find. We crossed the road when we reached the A31 and were me with a huge patch of rubbish strewn across quite a large area and all by the fence that stops the ponies wandering onto the A31. As well as the wrappers, cups & bottles we found two buckets full of bricks and rubble. Even worse were the three bags full of old insulation and broken metal that we found dumped in a puddle. This could have badly injured any of the many New Forest Ponies and donkey's that we saw on our pick. We then zig-zagged down the other side of the road picking in bushes and ditches. Team Two walked down the sides of the road, again zig-zagging in & out of the bushes and they found a couple of huge patches of rubbish which looked like someone had emptied their bin's there. After a couple of hours we met back up at the car park. Our haul for the day was: 6 bin bags jam packed FULL of rubbish, 3 bags of builders rubbish, 2 buckets of rubble, a suitcase, 3 hub caps, a bumper from a car, a light from roadworks and a very large empty cement bag! I have to say that I was really shocked, as was Tessa, at the large amount of rubbish we found in a relatively small area of the New Forest National Park..

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