Helen Tandy, Director, Eco Communities
As love parks week comes to a close it felt like a fitting time to get our next litter pick hub out and into Countess of Chester Country Park . We have a long history of linking events into the park and have regularly done group litter picks with the Friends of the Countess of Chester Park team. With Morag and Andy now feeling like friends, and them doing such fantastic work, we really want to help them keep the park lovely for everyone.
Today they had a fantastic event with lots of families looking for bugs with Record and activities with Chester Zoo. Helen C and I couldn’t stay long, just a quick visit and a chat, but I luckily managed a cup of tea with Morag.
We feel it’s important that anyone can do a litter pick and are conscious that for groups and families to purchase equipment is expensive. We created our Litter Pick Hub project to make litter picking accessible to anyone that can get to a hub to borrow the equipment.
So Countess of Chester Country Park is our newest hub, under the watch of the Friends of the Countess of Chester Park team but available with the code to anyone that has registered with us at any time.
The hub will be installed near the Ranger Cabin. All we ask is that you use the equipment, put the litter picker and hoop back afterwards and ensure the bin is locked again. Then your bags can be left at the side of the bins near the ranger cabin for council collection. Don’t try to force it into the bin at the side is absolutely fine. The white bags are council issue and they know any rubbish is from a litter pick.
If you manage to get hold of a pair of gloves from the bin- get in quick before they all go. These are yours to keep and wash. We don’t need these back.
We are still working with The Welsh Dee Trust on litter picks but the numbers have been really low in comparison to pre covid, the activity on the many Wombles and Litter Pick Facebook Groups has also been quiet.
We are trying to work out what’s changed. Has the public fallen out with litter picks? Help us to understand more by registering your thoughts on our poll below…
Why not get out litter picking again…here are some great reasons to do it.
Free Saturday 5th August? – find us at the The Summer Gathering at Bear Bakery where they have lots of lovely stalls, pop up bar and of course Eco Communities. We have a stall but are really just going to eat lovely bakes. We have a competition for the most (by weight) litter collected.
The Summer Gathering is from 10am -4pm. The litter pick is as and when between 1pm and 4pm, all equipment provided.
If you can’t make is tomorrow register to use one our hubs soon – tell yourself you will do a litter pick within the next week while the weather is nice…