Minstead Area Litter Pick

I was SO pleased when I opened my eyes this morning & the sun was shining through my bedroom window! Considering the rain we have had in the last couple of months, sun was great even if it was cold, and it was literally freezing. At around 10am we met up in the Andrew Mare car park, all ready for a couple of hours litter picking. We had been alerted to a litter problem in this area when a member of the public, Tessa Keeley, who lives close to the spot contacted us. So we met up with Tessa, who joined us for the pick to show us exactly where there was a problem.
In our team there was me(Sarah-Environment Manager), Tony(The Franchisee), Wez(The Operations Manager), Sharon(Assistant Manager from Picket Post), Kayleigh(Planet Champion from Bournemouth), Sam(Planet Champion from Eastleigh), Marie(Planet Champion from Swaythling) & DJ(Planet Champion from Christchurch).
After a quick discussion, we came out of the car park and Team One headed up towards the A31 and the other team(Two) headed down towards Emery Down.
Team One walked along the road looking out for items in bushes as well as in the ditch beside the road. We found here a suitcase, a light from roadworks, a hub cap as well as lots of glass & plastic bottles and lots of rubbish. Baby wipes were also a very common find. We crossed the road when we reached the A31 and were me with a huge patch of rubbish strewn across quite a large area and all by the fence that stops the ponies wandering onto the A31. As well as the wrappers, cups & bottles we found two buckets full of bricks and rubble. Even worse were the three bags full of old insulation and broken metal that we found dumped in a puddle. This could have badly injured any of the many New Forest Ponies and donkey's that we saw on our pick. We then zig-zagged down the other side of the road picking in bushes and ditches.
Team Two walked down the sides of the road, again zig-zagging in & out of the bushes and they found a couple of huge patches of rubbish which looked like someone had emptied their bin's there.
After a couple of hours we met back up at the car park. Our haul for the day was: 6 bin bags jam packed FULL of rubbish, 3 bags of builders rubbish, 2 buckets of rubble, a suitcase, 3 hub caps, a bumper from a car, a light from roadworks and a very large empty cement bag!
I have to say that I was really shocked, as was Tessa, at the large amount of rubbish we found in a relatively small area of the New Forest National Park.

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Past Events

  • Wed 22 May 2019
    Minstead Q2 Litter Pick 2019
  • Tue 14 May 2019
    Salisbury "Antique Roadshow" Clean Up
  • Wed 03 Apr 2019
    Great British Spring Clean With Bournemouth BID
  • Wed 27 Feb 2019
    Eastleigh BID Joint Litter Pick
  • Wed 06 Feb 2019
    Minstead Litter Pick Q1 2019
  • Tue 16 Oct 2018
    Minstead October Litter Pick
  • Tue 09 Oct 2018
    Basingstoke Brighton Hill Litter Pick
  • Tue 14 Aug 2018
    Swaythling Neighbourhood Centre
  • Tue 17 Jul 2018
    Community Litter Initiative in Swaythling
  • Wed 27 Jun 2018
    Jersey Park Challenge
  • Fri 25 May 2018
    Minstead May Litter Pick
  • Fri 06 Apr 2018
    Joint Litter Pick with Somerford ARC
  • Sat 17 Mar 2018
    Great British Spring Clean
  • Fri 02 Feb 2018
    Minstead January/February Litter Pick
  • Tue 21 Nov 2017
  • Wed 27 Sep 2017
    Burley Village Clean-Up
  • Tue 19 Sep 2017
    Minstead Area Litter Pick
  • Wed 13 Sep 2017
    Great British Beach Clean
  • Sat 01 Jul 2017
    Anti-Litter Campaign
  • Tue 09 May 2017
    Minstead May 2017 Litter Pick
  • Wed 08 Mar 2017
    Great British Spring Clean in Southampton
  • Mon 27 Feb 2017
    Great British Spring Clean Launch
  • Tue 21 Feb 2017
    Bennett's Community Crew Do The Great British Spring Clean!
  • Wed 08 Feb 2017
    Ronald McDonald House Southampton "Spring Clean"
  • Wed 11 Jan 2017
    Minstead January Litter Pick
  • Tue 15 Nov 2016
    Swaythling Railway Station Clean Up
  • Thu 20 Oct 2016
    Minstead Autumn Litter Pick
  • Wed 07 Sep 2016
    St Peter's Church Project - REVISITED
  • Wed 27 Jul 2016
    St Peter's Church Project
  • Fri 08 Jul 2016
    Minstead July Litter Pick
  • Sat 05 Mar 2016
    Minstead Clean for the Queen
  • Fri 04 Mar 2016
    "Clean For The Queen" joint event with Bennett's Community Crew & the Dorset Devils
  • Sat 23 Jan 2016
    Lansdowne Underpass Clean up
  • Wed 13 Jan 2016
    Minstead Area Litter Pick
  • Fri 01 Jan 2016
    About Bennett's Community Crew
  • Tue 13 Oct 2015
    Bennett's Beach Blitz
  • Wed 22 Jul 2015
    Bennett Restaurants "Hits the Parks"
  • Wed 10 Jun 2015
    Love Where You Live 2015

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