Taunton cleans up
Over 300 people from community groups, companies and schools joined forces with Somerset Wildlife Trust to clean up Taunton, collecting more than 60 bags of rubbish.
Groups from Viridor, Pennon Group, South West Water and Inland Waterways Association came together at the Centre for Outdoor Activity & Community Hub on the River Tone. They went out in canoes and kayaks, cleaning as they went. They were joined by Shane Austin, a seasoned litterpicker who frequently clears rubbish from the local rivers and canals in his kayak.
Meanwhile in town, members of Friends of Longrun Meadow, My Day Care Service, 41F (Taunton & District) Squadron Air Training Corps Cadets, CO2 Balance, along with members of the public went litter picking in Longrun Meadow, collecting eight large bags – and a row of seats that had been abandoned in the park.
Other picks were organised by Friends of Comeytrowe Park, Taunton Green Parents, Taunton Canoe Club, Green Days Daycare, Tesco, Taunton Doctors and Stowey Green Spaces. Schools included Blackbrook School, St George’s Catholic School, Bishops Henderson School and Cotford St Luke Primary School. The smallest litterpickers were from Tops Mini Mariners, a group of 15 pre-school children and staff who did an amazing job clearing litter from the Hankridge area.