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."