Great British Spring Clean in Bookham

24 people assembled at Lower Shott on Sunday 6th June to collect litter, as part of Bookham’s contribution to this year’s event organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

The volunteers went to various locations in Bookham in search of litter and returned with a total of 18 bags. Keep Britain Tidy requested groups to submit the total time spent by individuals collecting litter and were hoping that the total for the country would exceed a million minutes. The total for this event was 1,404 minutes.

Prior to the lockdowns, litter picks were held monthly. The June 6th event was the first held since March 2020. Since the monthly litter picks were no longer taking place during Lockdown, the concept of Wombling was introduced, inspired by the Wombles of Wimbledon Common, who collected litter.

Individual volunteers in the Bookhams  borrowed equipment and have collected litter in their local area on a regular basis. The Womblers have done a fantastic job and the amount of litter around the village has noticeably decreased. Wombling continues and the time spent by the Womblers during the period allocated for the Great British Spring Clean, 28th May to 13th June, will be added to the total from our pick on June 6th and submitted to Keep Britain Tidy.

We plan to continue meeting on the first Sunday of each month, Covid permitting, the next being July 4th. We meet in Lower Shott car park at 11 am. Tools and safety equipment are provided, and new members are always welcome. For further information email: litterpicking@bookhamresidents.org.uk

I’d like to thank all our wonderful Womblers for all they are doing to help  make our lovely villages look good. Also many thanks must go to all the support team, especially those who spent hours working on the Covid Risk Assessment to make sure our pick complied with Government Guidelines.

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