What a load of rubbish we collect

February 05 2017
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The Stoke Park litter pickers meet on the first Saturday of every month

The Stoke Park Litter Pickers meet on the first Saturday of every month and celebrated their 3rd birthday when they performed February’s Litter Pick and visited Boston Tea Party to celebrate.

Ruth Revell explains, “Three years ago a number of us who were walking in Stoke Park regularly picking up rubbish as we walked. A friend of mine, Alima, decided it would be a good idea to have a regular group of people to meet up and pick up rubbish in the Estate. Initially when the group began we had no equipment and were having to take the rubbish home to dispose of it. We now have our own equipment and a tools store, and meet on the first Saturday of the month at the Cameron Centre at 10am, the City Council pick up our rubbish and we separate the recycling out for disposal. When our group first began it was hard work as we had lots of historic rubbish and fly tipping to dispose of, it was very tiring carrying large bags of rubbish around the Estate and back up to our collection point. There is much less rubbish now, and it's encouraging to see other park users picking up as they go. Dog mess (particularly in bags) is an ongoing problem and we would encourage park users to take their rubbish home, or make use of the dog mess bins on site. We often socialise after the litter picks, and welcome new members and it would be great to have some new volunteers to join us. Volunteering is great way to keep fit and meet people in your community. For further information please contact ruthrevell@hotmail.com

Their March Litter Pick has been registered on the Great British Spring Clean Events listing.

Alternatively if you live nearer the Old (Eastville) Library they meet up on the first Saturday of the month too at 10am, turning their community garden into a beautiful, social place. No experience is necessary and everyone will be welcomed. If you have them please bring your tools and gloves along with you.