MORE than 50 people took to the streets of Henley on Saturday to pick up rubbish
MORE than 50 people took to the streets of Henley on Saturday to pick up rubbish.
The volunteers were taking part in Henley in Bloom?s annual Hit Litter day by cleaning up the outskirts of the town in places where there are no regular sweeps.
These included the Gainsborough estate and Makins recreation ground, areas around Gillotts School, The Henley College and Trinity Primary School, the Fair Mile and around the Tesco store off Reading Road.
The team collected about 50 bags of rubbish containing mostly discarded plastic bottles and cans, coffee cups and takeaway boxes and wrappers. They also picked up about one bag?s worth of cigarette butts.
Rubbish bags and litter-pickers were provided by waste collection firm Biffa on behalf of South Oxfordshire District Council. Among those taking part were town councillors and members of the Gainsborough Residents? Association, Henley Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge and the Henley Gardening Buddies.
They spent two hours cleaning up then met on the steps of the town hall for soup provided by the Lions.
Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs the Henley in Bloom committee, said: ?We had lots of comments from people saying what a fantastic job we were doing. The main problem is still cigarette butts ? you can almost fill a bag with them.?
David Eggleton, chairman of Gainsborough Residents? Association, said: ?It?s good to get children involved as they really enjoy it ? my daughter chose to come and pick up rubbish rather then going into Reading with her mum.?