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Ty's Bonfire Blitz

Shaftesbury,SP7 8DT

05 Nov 2014

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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 east quarter of the town, including the usual hotspots of Wincombe Park, Christy's Lane and Coppice Street. Our haul of sixteen-ans-a-half bags - plus a consiiderable pile of other debris - brings our group total up to 925. Not long now to reach our first thousand!.

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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

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. On our last litter pick of 2016, all routes led to the Salt Cellar, the group's unofficial headquarters. Some 20 bags of rubbish later, 19 ...

Three Dozen Cider Bottles and a Laptop

Meet at Barton Hill car park at the usual time of 2pm. A great effort by the 16 members who came along to help clean up Shaftesbury! Splitting into seven teams, we tackled both some of our usual rout...

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

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm and then at the Salt Cellar at 3pm. Fifteen members met at the Mampitts Road bin to tackle five routes around the town and finishing at th...

Back to School Sweep Up

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Five Feel the Heat

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips site at the usual time of 2pm. On a hot August afternoon, a modest turnout of five members tackled routes around the Christy's Lane, Barton Hill and, predictably, Ivy...

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

Meet at the Barton Hill car park at the later time of 2.30pm. A below average turnout on a warm and muggy afternoon. (holiday time for those not tied to school terms!). Nine of us collected eight bag...

Twenty Tidy the Town

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May Mop Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Although holidays, hospitals and a wet start to the day reduced our numbers to just eight, the team still managed to cover a large part of t...

April Showers Spruce Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the later time of 2.30pm. An afternoon of wintry showers didn't deter 14 members from clearing a large area, mainly in the north and west of the town, and coll...

Spring Clean Up

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. As the entire length of Christy's Lane is covered by the planned routes, there is no need to collect on your way to the meeting place. On a ...

Jeanneau Woodland Project

Met on King Alfred's Way at the usual time of 2pm. A total of 20 volunteers came along to tackle what seemed a daunting task. In addition to 17 Hilltop Litter Pickers members, we welcomed Karen from ...

Budget Day Brush Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. With an encouragingly large turnout of 21 members, we were able to spread out from Barton Hill over a large part of the town. This rang...

Clean for The Queen

This group litter pick will be our contribution to the Clean for The Queen campaign. Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. A blustery and cold afternoon didn't deter 17 membe...

Wet Wednesday Walkabout

Meet at the Tesco recycling skips at the usual time of 2pm. Keep your fingers crossed for some good weather! On a cold and very wet afternoon, 11 members braved the elements and gathered at the Tesco...

February Freshen Up

Meet at Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. Some 17 members met at Barton Hill on a bracing afternoon to tackle five routes / areas including the following: A30 to Long Cross - Li...

Northern Hotspots Sweep Up

Meet at the Barton Hill free car park at the usual time of 2pm. An excellent turnout of 19 members on a cold, but sunny afternoon. We tackled six routes, mainly around the northern and middle section...

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

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Windy Wednesday Walkabout

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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

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Carnival Clean Up

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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

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Mid Year Clean Up

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Barton Hill Hot Spots

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Grot Spots Clear Up

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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

Meet at the Mampitts Road litter bin at the usual time of 2pm. On the eve of other national and local events, the Hilltop Litter Pickers literally cleaned up in Shaftesbury with a decisive result of 1...

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.

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

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Longmead Litter Sweep

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 u...

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

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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

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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

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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

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Park Walk Clean Up

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Co-op Area Clean Up

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SEEITPICKITBINIT
SEEITPICKITBINIT, has been set up with the aim of bringing local people together to take action in making the kettering area a cleaner community. To donate to our volunteer fundraising efforts, especially for waders and gloves, please contact me via the email link on my group page. This year, after the recent Blue Planet documentary, we'll focus passionately on battling the appalling disaster of Marine and River plastic pollution, throughout the waterways of the Nene Valley. We'll be holding picks every week, raising money for Irchester Animals in Need and recycling as much of the plastic litter as we can, in the River Nene, River Ise and Slade Brook. WE HAVE JUST SECURED SOME CORPORATE FUNDING, SO OUR EQUIPMENT WISH LIST IS LOOKING GOOD. WE HOPE TO BUY A SMALL LITTER PICKING BOAT FOR THE RIVER CAMPAIGN AND SOME SYRINGE PROOF GLOVES. TO SUPPORT SEEITPICKITBINIT'S CAMPAIGN TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF ENGLANDS RIVERS, ROADS AND GREEN SPACES, YOU CAN HELP US BUY EQUIPMENT OR DONATE TO OUR NOMINATED CAUSE USING THE OFFICIAL PAYPAL LINK FOR OUR GROUP. https://www.paypal.me/seeitpickitbinit Go to paypal.me Go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cleanupmarineplastic Go to www.gofundme.com/marine-plastic-river-rescue-uk SeeItPickItBinIt is a voluntary community litter picking group, based in Kettering Northamptonshire, which has since its creation in 2011, removed and recycled over 10 Tonnes or 10 cars in weight of litter, from our beautiful county. In addition to regular litterpicks on my days off from work each week, every year we hold a 1 Tonne litter pick, which not only aims to clean up the green spaces and river habitats of our community, but also has begun to raise money for charities at the same time. The first two years of sponsorship saw us raise hundreds for Children In Need. This year we have just smashed our litter target with 1270kg and we raised an amazing £500 for a local animal rescue centre in Irthlingborough. The litter situation has never been worse in the history of the United Kingdom. Every day, people dump rubbish from their cars and in the streets. It is difficult to confront, but the heart of the problem can be explained in terms of ownership. The British public has increasingly retreated in to its living rooms, to enjoy its supermarket food, sit on its sofas, in centrally heated houses, fixated on computers, phones or tvs. This life is incredibly comfortable and almost impossible from which to break free. Litter happens because we draw a line at our front doors and our car windows. On the other side of that line is not our problem, so why would we care? Every day we see litter in front of our own doorsteps, on the street and in our parks. Why don't we just pick it up? The reason is because we don't see it as ours, even when it is in our own street, blown from our own bins. Once it crosses that line, we have society's permission to walk by, oblivious and guilt free. One day, I started to see litter. It was everywhere I looked. For years I had complained about it, but I had thought of it as a totally external problem to my life. It's the council, it's someone else's responsibility. One day at work, I did the unthinkable, I got so wound up, I stepped through the invisible forcefield that stops people from departing from the norm. I picked up a plastic bottle and put it in a nearby bin. I almost expected someone to shout at me or to hear sirens, but I didn't. By picking up 1 single bit of litter, I had left that place, better than I had found it, I had already succeeded at making a small, but real difference. After that, I picked up first 10, then 100, then 10,000 pieces of toxic plastic at a time. It felt amazing, my life for the first time, had some meaning beyond feeding my face and being only concerned with maintaining my comfort zone and the comfort zone of those around me. People expressed shock and even warned me that I might get in trouble for breaking the rules. As it turned out, picking up litter has only ever resulted in good things, great conversations, engagement, excitement and encouragement from others, who didn't know such a thing was possible. This year I picked up about 2 Tonnes. During the 2018 litter season, I am challenging myself to remove 5 tonnes. It will definitely not be easy, especially as I've recently lost both parents and my last surviving grandparent. However, litter picking is a way to know that you are part of something bigger, so it helps you through the tough times. Not only does it raise money, it protects and nurtures animals and habitats. Less litter reduces crime and anti-social behaviour, reduces council and government spending. Best of all, it crucially shows others, not just with words, but with concrete powerful actions. I don't think that I'll fix the plastic problem on my own. However any publicity about doing something to tackle a problem that affects us all, is a step in the right direction. Next time you get home and see that plastic bottle or crisp packet in front of your house, just ask yourself, am I a leader or a follower. What happens next will give you the answer. Wonderful news, the McDonalds Drive-In restaurant in Kettering, has generously sponsored 5 bins along Northfield Avenue, in order to mitigate their impact on the community. By working in conjunction with Amanda McDade from Kettering council's street cleansing team, we managed to lobby the food retailer and secured their support in tackling this significant challenge for our community We currently litter pick any area around Kettering and beyond, as and when it looks bad enough to need it. Last years 1 Ton sponsorship raised £500 Nanna's animal shelter in Irthlingborough. This year we hope to raise money for a variety of other litter picking volunteers and groups around the UK. Our focus this year is on river and marine plastics, so we'll be hitting the rivers and lakes, recycling as much as we can, to keep Britain tidy. *********************2017 event target achieved******************** ************************************1270KG**************************** *************************18 picks-100 hours picking**************** **************************Fundraising total £500******************** *************************************************************************** ***********************2018 1 Tonne Litter Pick********************** *********************************92KG************************************ ********************************9 Picks*********************************** *********************Fundraising total £535************************** Future areas of interest will concentrate on the heavy litter problems along the River Ise/Nene and country lanes between Kettering and Thrapston. If you can spare an hour or two, please feel free to email our group to be a part of the next event and help us show that our community is worth caring about. THE A14 FROM WEST BOUND BETWEEN THRAPSTON AND KETTERING IS MISSING, UNDER THE MOUNTAIN OF PLASTIC THAT IS STREWN ALONG ITS VERGES. IF I'M FEELING A BIT CRAZY ONE WEEK, I MIGHT ATTEMPT TO CLEAN IT ALL UP. Every pound that the council doesn't need to spend on picking up litter will be spent on much more deserving projects that effect all of us such as policing, education and health. Several organisations have been extremely helpful in supplying us with bin liners, hi-vis vests and litter grabbers. Many thanks to Amanda McDade, the community litter picking liaison on the council's street cleansing team and to Lindsay Richmond at Helping Hands for the amazing Streetmaster Pro pickers and his much appreciated sponsorship. Please check out the pictures in the gallery, which shows just how much of a difference removing the litter has made at some of the nominated sites. Any help is very much appreciated.
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Wildlife defenders
We aim to tackle street and beach litter to protect nature
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19 months
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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.
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LC Laverstoke clean up
Do join me
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3 years
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The Poppy Litter Group
This group is looking for new people it has been named after my Dog Poppy. To be a member al you have to do is pick up at least one piece of street litter a week. I collect litter near to my house and surrounding area and small conservation area. I have picked up over 900 carrier bags worth of litter in 3 years. I have been on TV and in local press and want a national campaign by the government on tv and in the press. We need to educate all about the pointless littering we see daily. I love to get a celebrity to help promote KEEP BRITAIN TIDY if you know anyone please please help me get in touch About me In 2004 I fractured my spine in three places and suffer daily with server back pain. I was ill health retired and told to take life easy but damned if I will. These people that drop litter make me so angry and I will protect the wildlife that live near me and keep their area FREE of litter and broken glass.
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9 years
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The Friends of the Cole Valley Birmingham UK
This group is for anybody interested in Litter Picking in the Kingfisher Country Park and surrounding areas of East Birmingham.
0
3 years
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Oldbury Clean Team
Oldbury Clean Team aims to keep the village of Oldbury-on-Severn clean and tidy. It also covers the rural lanes around Oldbury and plans to clean up the bank of the River Severn at least once a year.
197
14 years
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TRASH DESTROYERS 🤘🤘🤘
Cassiobury park, Whippendell Woods, Some areas in croxley
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7 months
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DOG WALKERS AGAINST LITTER
I am currently creating a group to recruit dog walkers who can pick litter whilst doing their daily dog walk, I would eventually like to progress this a larger one off events where we come together and tidy local dog walking routes.
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4 years
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Hunslet Carr Wombles
This is a rolling monthly litter picks of different Hunslet Carr neighbourhoods. The Leeds City Council Litter Picking Kit will be supplied, so all you need to do is bring yourself.
0
1 years
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