We had quite a large crowd for our litter pick – around six McDonalds employees, and 16 members of the Friends of Bourne Woods or members of the public, plus children and dogs! The weather was much improved from earlier in the week with plenty of sunshine. March is a really good month to do a deep clean in the wood as the undergrowth has died back leaving litter which was previously hidden, suddenly visible.
McDonalds very kindly supplied the bags, their own litter pickers, and disposed of the rubbish at the end.
After a short health and safety talk, people were furnished with litter pickers and disbursed in groups along various trails to collect whatever litter they could find. The most unusual item this time was an eiderdown. As always there were lots of bottles (both plastic and glass), cans, crisp packets and dog bags. Attention was paid not just to the sides of the rides but the areas in the wood as well if accessible.
A massive thank you to all those who helped and to McDonalds for supporting the event. This really makes a big difference to our woods, providing a cleaner and safer environment not only for the public but also to all the wildlife.
Our first joint litter pick with volunteers from McDonalds took place recently. A total of 14 pairs of helping hands collected more than eight bags of rubbish from the car park, the roadway down into the car park, the rides surrounding it, the easy access trails and the old car park.
As well as McDonalds rubbish, we collected a variety of other litter including cans, bottles, crisp packets and those persistent dog poo bags. In amongst the debris however was a huge fish head, various parts of a motorbike and a solitary sock!
McDonalds’ representative Sam Spencer helpfully offered to support another litter pick session later in spring and muck in with our events. We welcome this commitment wholeheartedly and urge all visitors to the Wood to please take litter home with you and ‘stick and flick’ that dog poo (never bag it and leave it). Much of the litter left behind does not disintegrate and can be a health hazard to humans and a danger to wildlife.
We love our Wood and want to do everything we can to keep it litter-free. If you would like to help support us in any way, please get in touch.
Words by Kate Starlling
Photographs by Sarah Roberts