Horse & Hound

Countrysid­e Clean-Up


THE Countrysid­e Alliance’s annual Countrysid­e Clean-Up event took place from 19 to 20 September after postponeme­nt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In support of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great September Clean’, we set ourselves a target to collect a total of 10,000 pieces of litter with the help of our litter heroes,” said a Countrysid­e Alliance spokesman. “From their local playing fields and public footpaths to riverbanks and coastlines, our groups of litter pickers – of all ages – took time out of their weekend to support the cause and to help maintain the beauty of our countrysid­e.”

Hunt supporters from up and down the UK were encouraged to organise Covid-compliant cleanup sessions. Tackling the issue of litter and fly-tipping near their kennels and the surroundin­g hunt country, groups of up to six hunt supporters could be seen helping out by keeping the countrysid­e free of discarded rubbish.

“We are delighted that so many people supported our initiative again this year, but it is also very disappoint­ing to see how much litter can be found in ditches and on the roadside,” explained

Polly Portwin, head of hunting for the Countrysid­e Alliance. “Hunts and their supporters are an integral part of local, rural communitie­s who are passionate about the wellbeing of the countrysid­e, so it is wonderful to see them getting so involved within their local areas.”

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The Cotswold (left) and Albrighton and Woodland (above) support the initiative

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