Last Friday evening 1st Cambridge Scout Group did litter picking at the Wildlife Area, Balancing Pond, and grassy areas adjacent to the skate park. Several bin bags of litter were collected. We saved some bottles to repurpose into seed feeders for birds.
Many thanks for helping the people and wildlife of Orchard Park 🙂
Tins, crisp packets, bottles, wheels, knee pads and scooter handles…
Just a few of the many bags of litter collected
Polystyrene packing material
Many thanks to Orchard Park Community Council for organising the litter pick today, and to everyone who came to help. It was surprisingly warm, and the sun came out soon after 10am. A few of us went back to the Orchard Community Centre for tea and biscuits afterwards.
Although there was a lot of litter when we arrived, it wasn’t as bad as it has been on other occasions. As usual cans, bottles, and crisp bags were the most numerous items. Particularly concerning are the small pieces of polystyrene packaging. They seem to have come from one large package – we’ve been picking these up for four years now, and yet a lot remain. Animals can eat the pieces causing clogging of the digestive tract and choking. We really need to make sure that no more pieces get into the Wildlife Area, and keep working away to remove these remaining hundreds or thousands of polystyrene bits.
For information on the dangers of litter to wildlife see previous posts:
Litter Pick at the Wildlife Area
The Wildlife Area is Clean 🙂
Yet again, disgusting levels of litter at the Wildlife Area and balancing pond
What is wrong with people?
Successful litter pick
We hope to share our 2017 activity plan for the rest of the year very soon.
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This is why it’s important to keep it clean:
Many thanks to those who helped today. As well as litter picking we also removed some of the tree guards that were no longer helpful.
Look out for details of our next activity on 20 March.
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