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Minstead July Litter Pick

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

07 Jul 2016

23:00

We are going to meet up with Tessa Keeley again to go over the area that we regularly litter pick to ensure that this is kept litter free as much as we possibly can. We have built a great relationship with Tessa and the local people of Minstead over the last few months and will continue to go on a regular basis and help to keep this part of the New Forest litter free. We met with Tessa and her neighbour David this morning at our usual meet place, Andrew Mare carpark. We were joined by Marie from our Swathling, Southampton restaurant, Callum from Picket Post and Erik from our newest restaurant at Ower(Romsey). We split into 3 groups to cover as much ground as possible. Tessa and I walked up towards the A31 on our usual route along the road while the others headed towards the village.

We were blessed with some gorgeous weather and were joined by a family of donkey's who were keen to "help"! We found a bit of historical rubbish that we had missed before, in between the tree's and bracken. Most worryingly were lots of broken bottles that had been there so long that roots had grown through them. These were hard to remove and maybe next time we should take some small spades with us. .

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