Volunteers working to keep Wilmslow litter free

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A group of volunteers who help keep Wilmslow tidy have completed their final litter pick pf the year.

Eight volunteers from Wilmslow Clean Team met at the Farmers Arms on Wednesday, 6th December and covered Chapel Lane, the area around Bedells Lane from Albert Road to the Kings Arms roundabout, Lindfield Estate North and South, Oak Lane, South Oak Lane (including the children's play area), Buckingham Road, Gravel Lane, and the Farmers Arms car park. A total of 11 bags of litter were collected.

Unfortunately they had to cancel their litter pick on Saturday, 9th December, due to bad weather conditions which meant their official bag count for the year was 343.

Sally Hoare said "Of course we have several volunteers that also go out on their own, our unsung heroes.

"Please can we give a big thankyou to all our volunteers and everyone that has supported us this year, helping to make Wilmslow such a pleasant place to be."

Wilmslow Clean Team were set up in October 2013 and started their litter picking events in the December 2013, since then they have collected 2013 bags of litter.

Wilmslow Clean Team


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Andrew Wright
Monday 11th December 2017 at 2:01 pm
I think a big thank you is in order for this team. It is sad that we need teams to keep the town clean but that shouldn't diminish their efforts.
Ruth McNulty
Monday 11th December 2017 at 6:34 pm
The Clean Team undertake valuable work in the town and the In Bloom team were delighted that the RHS have formally recognised their contribution to the environmental appearance of Wilmslow.
That which any number of the Clean Team say to me, on the occasions when I join in their litter picking activities, is why do people drop litter in the first place. Why, when there are over 80 litter bins in and around the town centre alone, would people drop litter rather than taking their wrappers either home or to the nearest bin?
What practical measures would contributors to this site advocate to discourage littering in the first instance?
Monday 11th December 2017 at 8:10 pm
Ruth - I think members of the Clean Team should start going into the schools and give talks on valuing the town and why littering is unacceptable. They could start by doing a "clean up" of the litter around a school and then take the bags of litter into assembly for them all to see.

Secondly, they could get all of the coffee shops and takeways to have posters in their windows about not littering the streets.
Sheila Hallas
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 3:23 pm
Agree with that Jackie.
One of the worst spots is the path from the High School alongside the railway line. A disgrace to the school and the town.
A detention option should be litter picking here, though doubtless reasons against would be Health and Safety.
The Clean team would surely be willing to monitor a school litter pick, in the hope it would change behaviour.
Paul Jabore
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 4:26 pm
A big thanks to all of you in the Wilmslow Clean Team.
Sally Hoare
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 7:11 pm
The Cleanteam do go into schools and talk to groups.
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8:26 pm
Thank - you Sally that is good to know. Have the schools measured the impact of these talks? Have the schools set up their own "clean teams".
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8:55 pm
Well done you guys & gals. I would join you, except my creaky joints wont let me, but I REALLY appreciate the work you do. Have a Merry Christmas,you deserve it.