Volunteers declare war on litter

The Alderley Edge in Bloom group have been busy this month participating in the 'Keep Britain Tidy' Great British Spring Clean.

For the past two Saturdays volunteers have been taking part in the national litter picking campaign which is aimed at improving the environment on local peoples' doorsteps.

On Saturday, 6th April, 18 local volunteers gathered in the village park where they collected 35 kgs of rubbish including glass bottles, plastic bottles, tin cans, general litter and some ancient tennis shoes!

Then today (Saturday, 13th April) they focussed on the A34 Melrose Way, particularly the mile stretch of the Alderley Edge bypass between the Whitehall Brook roundabout and the Chelford Road bridge, close to the cemetery.

Alderley Edge Hockey Club provided pre-event parking and coffees before volunteers split into teams to tackle both sides of the litter-strewn bypass. A party of 20 volunteers collected close to 40 bags of litter which will be picked up from the roadside by Ansa who provided additional hi-viz jackets and litter picking equipment for the event.

Alderley Edge in Bloom Chair, Leslie Cox commented "We had a super turnout with many new volunteers, our community partners from Waitrose and some parish councillors participating. Whilst the amount of litter we found was disturbing we have made a real improvement to our local community environment.

"We will keep up litter picking as well as our horticultural activities on a weekly basis, meeting up at 10 am every Monday morning at the village station car park. We can provide litter picking equipment, just bring along a positive attitude and desire to make Alderley Edge a greener, cleaner more beautiful village. It's all about growing pride in our village. Why not join us as we stand together and declare that litter pollution, including single-use plastic - which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife - is not acceptable."

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Sam Cummings
Monday 15th April 2019 at 11:45 am
Thank you to everyone who did this!
Tony Haluradivth
Monday 15th April 2019 at 3:38 pm
Thanks from us as well. An amazing feat considering the amount of litter around and I will do my bit and pick up bits on my way to the village each day. I may invest in one of those litter picker/ walking stick things. I hope you didn't have too many dog bags to deal with.
By the way, a message to the dog owners of Alderley Edge... Some of you may be hoping to save the planet by not bothering with plastic bags and are allowing their dogs to foul our pavenents and leaving the mess to decompose or for hapless folk to walk in. I know there is a 2 fold increase in dog ownership but in the last month alone I have seen more dog mess in our local streets than I ever recall in all the years living here. It is disgusting, polluting and antisocial and I sicerely hope you get caught and are fined heavily.
Roy West
Monday 15th April 2019 at 9:17 pm
All the volunteers deserve a hearty vote of thanks from the residents of Aderley Edge and their high visibility vests draw attention to the splendid work that they are doing on our behalf whilst at the same time may stop others dropping more litter. Let us hope that we can keep our village tidy in the future.
Sarah Dalton
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 5:18 pm
I emailed Cheshire East about the litter on the byPass a month ago and I am delighted to see that they ave addressed the issue., Thank you to all the volunteers, you have done an amazing job!
Terry Bowes
Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 6:59 pm
Fantastic job, well done.

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