Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Volunteers pick up litter (especially cigarette butts)

MORE than 30 people took to the streets of Henley on Saturday to pick up litter.

MORE than 30 people took to the streets of Henley on Saturday to pick up litter.

The annual “HiT Litter” day was organised by the Henley in Bloom committee and involved cleaning up the outskirts of the town, including areas around Gillotts School, in Fair Mile and around the Tesco store off Reading Road.

The volunteers included town councillors, members of community groups such as the Henley branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and the Gardening Buddies as well as ???.

Councillor Kellie Gehrmann, who chairs the committee, said they decided to tackle outer areas because the town centre was already looked after by South Oxfordshire District Council.

“We had a nice mixture of children, adults, community groups and councillors,” she said. “It was nice for them to work together in making Henley more beautiful.

“We don’t have a massive litter problem in Henley compared with other towns but we do have cigarette ends and it’s good to get rid of those.”

MORE than 30 people took to the streets of Henley on Saturday to pick up litter.

The annual “HiT Litter” day was organised by the Henley in Bloom committee and involved cleaning up the outskirts of the town, including areas around Gillotts School, in Fair Mile and around the Tesco store off Reading Road.

The volunteers included town councillors, members of community groups such as the Henley branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and the Gardening Buddies.

Also helping were Katie Aspeden, 13, and Isabel Venning, 12, who have launched their own children’s litter-picking club to “make a difference”.

Councillor Kellie Gehrmann, who chairs the committee, said they decided to tackle outer areas because the town centre was already looked after by South Oxfordshire District Council.

“We had a nice mixture of children, adults, community groups and councillors,” she said. “It was nice for them to work together in making Henley more beautiful.

“We don’t have a massive litter problem in Henley compared with other towns but we do have lot of cigarette ends and it’s good to get rid of those.”

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