To launch the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July 2019, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) decided to organise a joint litter pick in Pinehurst. This was after conversations about how plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife and domestic animals. RSPCA North Wiltshire kindly wrote an article for SCAN about this in relation to their work. The Pinehurst litter picks are still going strong with regular volunteers as well as others coming in and out. We are also starting to make more ground, so we are making a difference!
So, RSPCA North Wiltshire and SCAN made the decision to organise another litter pick in Gorse Hill. Our first litter pick there was in May 2019. A good start to a litter-blighted area. Thanks to Michael’s Workwear in Gorse Hill for providing us with free gloves!
We joined Swindon Street Reps for a litter pick in Penhill and they joined us in Pinehurst. Plastic waste also affects local communities. It is a blot on the landscape and, often, unhygienic. Swindon Street Reps are about community involvement and responsibility towards making local areas nice for people to live. The Junior Reps are the younger Street Reps, learning good skills and values. Swindon Street Reps run regular litter picks and get involved in many other ways in local communities.
Our most recent litter pick is organised with CARIG (Central Residents Improvement Group) who cover a wide area in central Swindon including the railway village and canal path. CARIG meet monthly and are concerned with the well-being of residents in the area. A well-attended litter pick has brightened up the canal path for all. This will be a regular event.
The litter picks have been well-received by local people. We have further litter picks with other groups in Swindon being discussed. Please keep a look out for upcoming events on the website and Facebook.