On Sunday 21st April The Friends of Miss Whalley’s Field organised a litter pick and collection of fly tipped rubbish from Miss Whalley’s Field.
This was part of a National event – The Great British Spring Clean – set up by Keep Britain Tidy and organised locally by Lancaster City Council.
A record-breaking 563,163 people in the UK took part this year!
15 volunteers collected bags of litter, bottles and cans etc (mainly from alongside Derwent road), 2 wooden pallets, a bed frame, an old metal swing, two large plastic boxes, two large sheets of plastic film, broken fence panels, some lumps of concrete, several piles of dog mess, lots of old wood and other general rubbish. Several of the volunteers recycled some of the items e.g for making compost heaps.
Children who helped were given a small teddy bear as a token of our appreciation for them tuning up instead of scoffing Easter eggs all day!
The rubbish was piled up at the top of the Field near to the memorial and was removed by Lancaster City Council.
Now that the Field has been “deep cleaned” any fly tipping from now on will be reported to the City Council for them to take appropriate action. All local residents are asked to keep an eye out for fly-tipping and to let us know, so we can get it removed. It is sincerely hoped that this will not be necessary.
Our next working party will be to install our new, second bench. This will happen on a date to be set in May. It is planned to bury a time capsule produced by Christchurch Primary School in the concrete base.