Important:   Litter can be contaminated, so we have put together some information to help you handle it safely. Please click on this link to have a read through our Health and Safety Guidance before you go out litter-picking.

 

Railway station approaches

Winchester,SO23 0JZ

16 Oct 2016

23:00

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café. .

upcoming Events

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am.

Winnall litter pick

Meet at shops on Garbett Rd

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

past Events

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am.

Upper Stanmore litter pick

Meet outside St Luke\'s Church at the bottom of Battery Hill

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Bar End area litter pick

Meet at Winchester Sport and Leisure Park entrance

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the railway station at 11am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the railway station at 11am.

Durngate and River Park litter pick

Meet outside Willow Tree public house on Durngate Place

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the railway station at 11am.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the railway station at 11am.

Great British Spring Clean - Bar End area

Meet at entrance to Winchester Sport and Leisure Park

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the railway station at 11am

Black Path Litterpick

Meet by bus stop outside the Tesco Superstore

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 1am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

St James Lane litterpick

Meet outside Cemetery Gate on St James Lane

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the railway station at 11am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the railway station at 11am

Weeke litter pick

Meet outside Wesley Methodist Church on corner of Stoney Lane and Fromond Rd

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office

Lower Stanmore litter pick

Meet outside shops on Cromwell Rd

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the car park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Winnall litter pick

Meet outside shops on Garbett Rd

Railway Station Approaches

Meet in the Car Park on Station Hill adjoining the Record Office. Refreshments at Costa Cafe outside the Railway Station at 11am

Suburban pick - St James Lane

Meet at 10am by the Cemetery Gate on St James Lane

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill, adjoining the former Registry Office. .

Suburban Litter Pick - Weeke

Meet outside Wesleyan Methodist Church on Stoney Lane at 10am

Railway station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill, adjoining the former Record Office.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office.

Suburban Litter Pick- Lower Stanmore

Meet outside the shops on Cromwell Road at 10am

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office.

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office

Suburban Litter Pick - Winnall

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Garbett Rd

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office.

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

Meet at the bottom of Battery Hill outside St Luke's Church at 10am

Raillway Station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office

Suburban Litter Pick - Durngate and River Park

Meet at 10am at the Durngate car park.

Suburban pick - Black Path, Winnall

Meet at 10am at the bus stop outside the Tesco Superstore.

Suburban Litter Pick - Winnall

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Garbett Rd

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions.

Suburban Litter Pick - Durngate and River Park

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Suburban pick - Black Path, Winnall

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Railway Station Approaches

Cancelled due to COVID restrictions

Special litter pick - Lower Stanmore and surrounding area

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Cromwell Rd.

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10am on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on Station Hill adjoining the former Registry Office at 10am

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station cafe

Suburban Sortie - St James Lane

Meet at 10am at the St James Lane cemetery gate

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station café.

Great British Sping Clean

Meet at 10am to litter pick on Moorside Road/ Easton Lane/Winnall Motorway roundabout. Meeting place to be confirmed.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00 am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10.00am on station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban sortie- Stoney Lane, Weeke

Meet at 10am outside Wesleyan Methodist Church on Stoney Lane

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station Café.

Suburban sortie - Lower Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Cromwell Road

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Mens hair systems- Make sure to get the finest look in less time!

All the online sites have offered all the desired products to the budding customer so that they can make the best choice accordingly. That is why if you are thinking to get

0

View event
Special litter pick - South Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Wavell Way.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am at the Station café.

Suburban Litter Pick - Winnall

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Garbett Road

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am at the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am at the Station café.

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside St Luke's Church on Battery Hill

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on the Railway station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban pick - St James Lane

Meet at 10am by the cemetery gate on St James Lane

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the railway station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Refreshments at 11am in station café.

Suburban pick - Stoney Lane

Meet at 10am outside Wesley Methodist Church.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on the Railway Station forecourt at 10am,. Refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on the Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Refreshments at 11am in the station cafe

Special litter pick - Moorside Rd

Meet at junction of Moorside Rd and Easton Lane at 10 am. Refreshments at 11am at the Costa Drive thru café

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am at the Station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station café.

Suburban Litter Pick- Lower Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Cromwell Road

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments in the Station café.

Suburban Litter Pick - Winnall

Meet on Garbett Road outside shops at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in Station Café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in Station Café.

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

Meet outside St Luke's Church at the bottom of Battery Hill at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in Station Café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on Railway Station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban pick - St James Lane

Meet outside the entrance to St James Lane Cemetery at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am, as part of Great British Spring Clean. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am, as part of Great British Spring Clean. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station cafe

Suburban pick - Stoney Lane

Meet outside Wesleyan Methodist Church on Stoney Lane at 10am, as part of the Great British Spring Clean. Followed by refreshments at 11am at the Costa Café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway station forecourt, as part of Great British Spring Clean. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet at 10am on the Railway Station forecourt, as part of Great British Spring Clean. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Great British Sping Clean - Upper Stanmore

Meet at the shops on Wavell Road at 10am. Adjourn for coffee at 11am to the Carroll Centre

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am, as part of Great British Spring Clean.Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban Litter Pick- Lower Stanmore

Meet outside shops on Cromwell Road at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban Litter Pick - Winnall

Meet outside shops on Garbett Rd at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway station forecourt at 10am.Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

Meet outside One Stop shop at top of Battery Hill at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station cafe

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the Station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban Litter Pick - Durngate and River Park

Meet at Durngate Car Park at 10am

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café.

Suburban pick - Black Path, Winnall

Meet at the bus stop outside Tesco Extra at 10am.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on railway station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on railway station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on the railway station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban pick - St James Lane

Meet at 10am by the cemetery gate on St James Lane

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on the Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11am in the station café

Suburban pick - Stoney Lane

Meet at 10.00am outside the Wesleyan Methodist Church

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on Railway Station forecourt at 10am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - to be agreed

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - Lower stanmore

Meet at 10am by Cromwell Rd shops

Railway Station approaches

Meet on Station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban Sortie - Winnall

Meet at shops on Garbett Rd at 10.00am

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban Sortie - Upper Stanmore

Meet at 10am at the top of Battery Hill

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - Durngate and River Park

Meet at Durngate Car park at 10am.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - Black Path, Winnall

Meet at 10am at bus stop outside Tesco Superstore.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet at 10.00am on station forecourt. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Suburban Sortie - St James Lane

Meet at 10am outside the Cemetery gate on St James Lane

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am.Followed by refreshments at 11.00am at station café.

Suburban sortie - Stoney lane, Weeke

Meet at 10am outside the Wesleyan Methodist Church

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 10.00am. Followed by refreshments at 11.00am at station café.

Suburban sortie - Black Path, Winnall

Meet at 10am by the bus stop at the Tesco Superstore

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Special Sortie - South Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Wavell Way.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30 am in the station café.

Suburban Sortie - Lower Stanmore

Meet at 10am outside the shops on Cromwell Rd

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Suburban Sortie- Winnall

Meet at 10am outside Garbett Rd shops

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Suburban sortie- Upper Stanmore

Meet at 10am at top of Battery Hill

Railway station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station Approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - Durngate and River Park

Meet at 10am at Durngate car park ( opposite Willow Tree Inn)

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - St James Lane

Meet at 10.00 am by the cemetery gate on St James Lane.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Railway Station approaches

Meet on station forecourt at 9.30am. Followed by refreshments at 10.30am in the station café.

Suburban sortie - Easton lane/ Moorside lane

Meet at 10am - Easton Lane junction with Moorside Rd

Suburban sortie - Winnall

Meet at 10am outside Garbett Road shops

Suburban sortie - Upper Stanmore

Meet at 10am at the top of Battery Hill

Suburban sortie - Durngate and River Park

Meet at 10am at Durngate car park

Suburban Sortie - Black Path, Winnall

Meet at 10am at the Tesco bus stop

Suburban Litter Pick- Upper Stanmore

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.

Falkland Road Litter Pickers
We are taking litter picking in to our own hands. We are fed up with plastic bags and rubbish littering our streets, blowing in to our gardens and spoiling our pavements. We are proud of where we live and want to encourage others to care for our streets as we do. Our vision is for a clean environment for our families and friends. We are an open group and welcome anyone to join.
0
5 years
View
Stretton Parish Council
Parish Council - improving village life for Stretton residents
0
52 years
View
Gamston Litter Pickers
Rubbish disposal and fly tipping is becoming an increasing problem nationally compounded by reduced services across the counties. Many communities are taking it upon themselves to get out and tidy up their local areas by grabbing a bag and a litter picker and spending an hour or so in their immediate local area picking up discarded rubbish. If you are interested in meeting up once a month then please come along on the third Saturday, and together we can make a difference to rubbish and fly tipping in our area. All equipment is provided, including ‘kids kits’ so that children can participate safely too. We meet at 10am at the Gamston Village Hall and are out for a maximum of 2 hours. The monthly litter picking is in Gamston but the equipment is available for all residents of the villages of Adbolton, Bassingfield, Gamston and Holme Pierrepont to use.
321
3 years
View
Brighter Uckfield Campaign (BUC Up)
The Group operates under the aegis of the Town Council. Every Sunday morning, at 9.00, a small band of volunteers (open to anyone to attend) meets at the Civic Centre to conduct a 'swift-pick' in the worst-affected areas (finishing at about 11.00). The Campaign has moved onto taking small patches of public land in the town and overseeing planting out and maintenance. The town's annual beautiful gardens competition is organised by the Group. The Group joins the annual clear-up of the River Uck that flows through the town. Weeding pavements and cutting back undergrowth are also tasks that are taken on. Most of this work is concentrated on the town centre, but a network of 'litter pickers' is being gradually established on the estates around the town. Volunteers are provided with a hi-vi vest, a litter picking stick, gloves and refuse sacks - and we even have wheeled trolleys to take round with you to deal with the large amounts of litter on a Sunday morning. The Campaign has its own (Don't be a) "Mucky Duck" logo.
336
14 years
View
Blackfell clean up
To keep Blackfell tidty and litter free, local councillors are asking for volunteers to help us to keep Blackfell litter free. If you are proud of where you live, then please join like minded people who care about their Community
0
7 years
View
clean Walgrave
field, hedges, woodlands surrounding the area
4
4 months
View
Syresham Litterpickers
The group was initiated by the Parish Council with the aim of ensuring that our village and its environs are kept neat and tidy and as litterfree as possible. We welcome more helpers at our next litterpick on Saturday 21st March 2009.
0
13 years
View
Ravenfield Rubbish Rascals
We have 26 active litter pickers each one of whom takes responsibility for a stretch of road or an area of green space. We meet occasionally to review tactics and to swop ideas. We have a massive litter pick once a year to shift an area of accumulated rubbish. We have good relations with the Parish Council and the local authority who are great at clearing flytipping when we inform them.
0
7 years
View
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!
20750
52 years
View
Rawcliffe Rubbish Ridders
Founded to counteract the ever-increasing amount of litter, dog fouling etc in our village, the group was established independently of the the Parish Council. East Riding of Yorkshire Council provided high visibility jackets, litter sticks, gloves and bags. We meet fortnightly on the village Green although many members (approx 18 at present) also go about as and when they feel inclined! We have not yet enlisted any younger members but this may happen. We would like to have our own "uniform" so that we can be easily recognised and not mistaken for Community Service people!! Our first annual 3Rs bash takes place in the Co-ordinator's garden on Saturday, August 18th. No litter will be left behind!!
0
10 years
View

Start a LitterAction group

Here at CleanupUK, we want to help you to take LitterAction! Wherever you live in the UK, forming your own community litter-picking group will help to keep your community safer, more friendly and free of litter. It’s lots of fun too. Why not muck in and join us?

Empower your group