We met at 9.30am at the railway station in Swaythling where we had a brief introduction talk from councillor Bob Paignton and Mark Miller from Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership. After that we all started doing our individual jobs: Becks & DJ from Christchurch along with Mark Miller did a litter pick on the station approach as this was one of the areas that was picked up as needing attention on the poll that we conducted. Natasha from Eastleigh, Charley from Ower & Jess from Basingstoke Leisure Park together with one of the local volunteers cleared the flower bed, removing dead leaves etc and planting some winter flowers. Simon from Picket Post & Dylan from Basingstoke Brighton Hill removed leaves from all of the station paths and walkways. Lazslo from Swaythling jet sprayed the front of the railway approach. Sarah the Trust Manager for Bennett Restaurants Ltd along with Gladstone the Business Manager from Basingstoke Leisure Park, Craig from Basingstoke Market Place and Bob Paignton removed a large Buddleia tree that was pushing a neighbours fence down and cut down weeds and brambles to make the wildlife area more friendly for the residents! We also cleared a large amount of leaves off of the Southampton direction platform and tidied the planter on the platform too.
That afternoon we were joined by teachers & pupils from year 9 at Cantell School to do a litter pick from McDonald's up Burgess Road. This was the "winner" of our poll into which area needed the clean up the most. We split into several teams and set off on different sides of the road picking litter as we went. I was quite shocked at how bad the litter was. Literally loads of rubbish just thrown down carelessly. Most of it was household waste, cans, bottles, bottle lids and a large amount of what I found out were Burger King straws. We did find a small amount of McDonald's rubbish but not as much as I was expecting after receiving some negative feedback recently.
All in all, we collected 20+ bags of litter over the morning and afternoon.

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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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