We had a fantastic response from the Long Leys community on the morning of Saturday 28 April, as upwards of thirty brave souls ignored the rain to tackle some of the litter hot spots around our area. A litter picking army with fluorescent jackets, gloves and litter pickers hit Long Leys Road, Whitton Park and the local footpaths. The mission was clearing up and making the area better for wildlife by removing plastics and other materials such as crisp packets and drinks cans. The enthusiasm was infectious; two residents were spotted an hour after their session finished, still working along Long Leys Road! Some of us grew quite attached to our litter pickers (they are great as you don’t have to bend down or handle litter). One volunteer commented: “I often walk along this path, so it is great to have the right equipment and be able to clear up the long-term litter I see everyday“.
Thank you to everyone who gave up their morning to spring clean Long Leys. It’s great to be part of a community with such a supportive, can-do mentality. Depending on feedback, LLRA would look to try this approach a couple of times a year, in the Spring and the late Autumn. You can be kept up-to-date on all LLRA’s activities by subscribing to our email list.
LLRA’s thanks also go to Councillor Lucinda Preston, who supplied the equipment and arranged for the collected litter and re-cycling to be disposed of, ably assisted by Laura McWilliams. Thanks also go to local resident Paul Howard who took it upon himself to take some of the collected material to the local refuse centre; it was much appreciated.