Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Villagers collect 30 bags of rubbish... and a crate of fish

EXHAUST pipes, hubcaps and a crate of fish were among the items collected when volunteers “cleaned for

EXHAUST pipes, hubcaps and a crate of fish were among the items collected when volunteers “cleaned for the Queen” in Rotherfield Greys.

Eighteen people, plus two dogs, spent about two hours on Saturday picking up rubbish around the village in one of several events to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The villagers met at Greys Green and were each given a jacket, rubbish bag and litter-picker before they set off.

Organiser Jo Duncan said: “We collected more than 30 bags of rubbish from the area around Greys Green, Greys Court and down to the church.

“The most interesting thing we picked up was the fish, which must have fallen off the back of a lorry. We did really well and there was a great community spirit on the day but already I’ve spotted empty bottles and rubbish on the green again, which is a shame.”



Mrs Duncan’s husband Graham came up with the idea after seeing the initiative online. She said: “My husband and I go out dog walking two or three times a day through the woods and we’ve started taking bags to pick up rubbish.

“It’s a beautiful village and nearby Greys Court is where Lady Brunner started the Keep Britain Tidy campaign. It’s a bit embarrassing to see the rubbish and it shouldn’t be happening. We want to keep at it, this isn’t a one-off. We have a great community spirit anyway but this has really motivated people and hopefully next year we will have even more.

“We want people to be aware of rubbish and to pick it up if they see it but we will have a big get-together once a year and do a big clean.”

On Thursday, the bags of rubbish were gathered near the Maltsters Arms pub before a beacon was lit to mark the Queen’s birthday and food and drink was provided by the pub. A message from Prince Charles was read aloud.



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