Heroes one and all . . . our great clean-up volunteers
BADGES ALL ROUND
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.’
GRANDAD’S BIRTHDAY PARTY PICK UP
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!’
FAMILY BEACH CLEAN
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.
POLITICIAN MAKING A REAL DIFFERENCE
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