Last weekend, we brought the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean: Summit to Sea to Clitheroe, Lancashire.
Since our launch three weeks prior, the event had gained good interest from the community and so we were absolutely delighted to have 30 volunteers arrive on the day! Our group consisted of many families with children and our youngest litter picker was just 6 years old! Involving children in community events such as these is a great way to really connect them to environmental issues and to show them why it's important to do things differently.
Surfers Against Sewage had provided us with a Clean Pack containing a good supply of litter sacks, protective gloves, a sharps box, first aid kit and cleansing handwash gel.
We were also fortunate to be able to borrow a number of litter picking sticks from local environmental charity Ribble Rivers Trust and also from Ribble Valley Borough Council.
The area of land we had chosen to clean was the Pendleton Brook area of Henthorn Road, Clitheroe. In general Clitheroe is a very well maintained town, however this particular spot is close to the Recycling Centre and a problem area for tipping. Pendleton Brook quickly merges in to the River Ribble, and so any plastic pollution from this area can ultimately be carried out to the Irish Sea.
The morning of the event was a huge success, the weather remained dry, everyone was in great spirits and worked quickly together to fill 24 large sacks of rubbish and collect a huge pile of random debris. Amoungst the debris, items ranged from boots, toys, luggage, a PC, various bicycle parts and even a gents urinal!
Things we'd do differently next time... make sure we get a group photograph with all volunteers present! Unfortunatley some of the group left a little earlier than planned so we apologise to those of you who aren't featured. We appreciate the efforts of every single one of our volunteers though, it really was a job well done!