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Hor­ley, Sur­rey

Fif­teen Scouts in uni­form joined a Great Plas­tic Pick Up group in Sur­rey yes­ter­day gath­er­ing 20 bags of rub­bish – six of plas­tic, four of cans and ten of gen­eral rub­bish – and putting them­selves in line for Scout en­vi­ron­men­tal badges in the process.

Or­gan­iser David Bunn, 47, works as a teach­ing as­sis­tant and helps with the lo­cal Pathfinder Scout Group.

He en­cour­aged his scouts to join a group of 70 par­ents and other chil­dren on a Great Plas­tic Pick Up he ar­ranged in Em­lyn mead­ows near Hor­ley. ‘It’s a great way for the kids to earn their badges and do their bit at the same time,’ he said.

Scout Harry, 11, said: ‘Some­one walk­ing through stopped and said “Good on you” to us for do­ing the lit­ter pick, which was re­ally nice and makes you feel proud.’


Conwy Morfa beach, North Wales

Frank Phillips got to cel­e­brate his 75th birth­day on Conwy Morfa beach with his fam­ily, who had signed him up for the Great Plas­tic Pick Up.

Frank’s daugh­ter, Na­dia, 48, said: ‘There were 16 of us, plus a lovely cou­ple we’d never met be­fore who’d spot­ted our event on the Great Plas­tic Pick Up web­site.’

Frank has four chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren aged be­tween five and 17, so Na­dia de­cided this would be a great birth­day out­ing and a way of get­ting the chil­dren think­ing about giv­ing some­thing back to an area they love.

‘We had so much fun,’ she said. ‘We made sure ev­ery­one sang Happy Birth­day of­ten and loudly so Frank didn’t lose sight of the fact that the day re­ally was all about him.’

Every mem­ber of Frank’s birth­day gang man­aged to fill a bag each, be­fore head­ing home for Frank’s birth­day tea.

And Frank’s ver­dict? ‘Bril­liant!’


Puts­bor­ough Sands, Devon

The Fuller fam­ily have been hol­i­day­ing at the same beach in Devon for decades and this week­end they or­gan­ised a fam­ily re­union picnic and lit­ter pick there.

Gra­ham Fuller, 75, whose first name is rare for a woman, told her hus­band David, also 75, that she was keen to join the Great Plas­tic Pick Up and their daugh­ter, Grayson sug­gested Puts­bor­ough Sands.

‘It is an ex­cep­tional beach which holds very spe­cial mem­o­ries for us – it used to be a fan­tas­tic place to find drift­wood, but now it’s all drift-plas­tic,’ says Gra­ham.

So, joined by Grayson and her two daugh­ters (aged nine and five), they packed a picnic bas­ket – and filled up three bags with lit­ter.

‘As we were walk­ing back to the car we were stopped by a cou­ple who asked what we were up to, so we gave them our bag so they could con­tinue the work – I like to think we’ve started a bit of a trend there!’ said Gra­ham.


Light­waves Leisure Cen­tre, Wake­field, West York­shire

It took Mary Creagh less than half an hour to fill a bin bag out­side the Light­waves Leisure Cen­tre in her Wake­field con­stituency on Satur­day.

The Labour MP has called on the UK to adopt a Scan­di­na­vian-style bot­tle deposit scheme, which hands back a deposit of be­tween 10p and 25p to every con­sumer who re­turns the waste. ‘I was re­cently in Nor­way and saw it in ac­tion,’ she said. ‘One guy I met said his son had made £700 re­turn­ing empty bot­tles to be re­cy­cled. There are a lot of peo­ple who want to do the right thing and a lot of kids who want to make a bit of cash.’

A larger-scale lit­ter pick is planned in Wake­field for June 3, and she hoped it would be­come a reg­u­lar event.

‘We have to take ac­tion on every front if we are go­ing to turn the tide,’ said Miss Creagh. KICK­ING OUT LIT­TER Tae kwon do club lit­ter pick, Cran­field, Bed­ford­shire

A lit­ter-pick or­gan­ised by a mar­tial arts club filled 43 bin bags with rub­bish in Cran­field on Satur­day morn­ing.

Stu­dents and in­struc­tors from Cran­field Taek­wondo and mem­bers of the lo­cal Women’s In­sti­tute pulled on pairs of Marigolds and spent two

Do­ing her bit: MP Mary Creagh

Fam­ily af­fair: Gra­ham Fuller

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