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The Green Army

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The Green Army has been founded to tackle litter along rural routes around the villages of Harrold, Odell and Carlton in Bedfordshire. Roadside verges leading in and out of these villages will be targeted in a bid to keep our surrounding countryside clean and beautiful, and to provide safe habitats for local wildlife. Any public footpaths or bridleways will also be freed of litter as the need arises. If you are a local resident interested in joining this group please get in touch!

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New year 2020 litterpick

Meet at Harrold Country Park in car park near to cafe. 1pm. Clearing litter from here overHarrold Bridge and onto Pavenham Road as far as bridleway on right hand side. Return to Harrold country park. ...

The Turvey Road Re-do!

Covering the Turvey Rd Event meet at Carlton usual place 1.30pm for no more than 2 hours duration. Six litter pickers tackled the Turvey Road yesterday for which we had lovely cool weather just right ...

Forty Foot Lane

Clearing litter from Forty Foot Lane byway. Meet 1pm car park to byway off Dungee Road, Odell. Seven volunteers cleared heaps of accumulated litter from the byway car park and the Byway itself. It ...

Turvey Road litter pick

Meet 1pm by Carlton war memorial garden. 2 hour event clearing litter from Turvey Road. Equipment provided. If interested please email the event coordinator Renee Allen in advance. Lovely spring like...

New Year Litter Pick

The next litter pick will be held from mid to late January depending on weather and members' availability. The Turvey Road and School Lane in Carlton are the likely areas to be litter picked. Will ...

A Rambling litter pick

1pm meeting in Harrold Country Park car park area, Harrold. A 3.5 mile circular walk picking any litter along the way. Attended by 5 members, walking through Country Park, up the bridleway behind The...

CPRE bottle deposit scheme support pick

1.30pm meeting in Carlton village (exact location in village to be confirmed). An Approx. Two hour litter picking event clearing along one of the rural roads our from this village. Collected litter wi...

The Booze Run clearup

So called because I have it on good authority that a few 'certain types' of people frequent this route depositing their empties along the way! Do not fear though this is a popular and very pretty wal...

Dungee Road cleanup

This event will clear litter from vergeside along the approach road into Little Odell. We will be meeting at 1.45pm in the car park of the Forty Foot Lane Byway in Little Odell for a short briefing be...

Carlton to Turvey road

Meet at 1.45pm war memorial gardens in Carlton. Event to last approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. Litter to be collected from verges and hedgerows along this road, starting from Carlton and returning in opposite...

Bridleway clear up - Hay Lane, Kempston Rural

I cleared the entranceway and a bridleway path today at the top of Hay Lane in Kempston Rural. In just a short distance I had filled a full sack of litter and also found 5 wine bottles! During a lo...

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