It all started on Swan Corner when Oz, the Neighbourhood watch man thought we could do something about it. He provided the pickers and the bags in 2015, and now we do it every year – next one for Swan Corner is 10:30 on 8th April meet corner of Cold Bath and Brook Lane .
This really is the time of year for litter picking. The sun is out (sometimes) and the bushes are still in bud, so you get a good view of the year’s litter. You have your litter hot spots (for us outside the bus stop), but for the most part, you’d be surprised how quickly you can make your way along a street,look back and admire your handywork. If you have a camera to hand, take some before and after photos, and maybe a quick photo of you with your neighbours to stick on facebook, twitter, nextdoor or wherever and share with your loved ones and councillors.
It’s not hard to organise, and I was pleasantly surprised by the response from neighbours, whether they were able to help or not, and passers by, who always smiled and said hello. Even my children are quite excited – I was pleased when my chidren asked the other day, ‘Are we going litter picking?’
There is something very satisfying about digging about picking up bits, and it stays clear in our area for most of the year afterwards. Before you know it, you’ll be planning your next litter picking in a couple of weeks, or maybe inviting a neighbour round for a cuppa, arrange fixing that broken fence, share your concerns about the pesky cat that won’t stop begging, or old Sheila from number 23, who hasn’t been out for a bit.
Who knows where it will lead, but wherever it leads, it’ll look that little bit more cared for.