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Volunteers get their hands dirty

Monday, 08 October 2012 13:23

Litter pickers hard at work Litter pickers hard at work Photo: © Jane Tomlinson

Volunteers litterpick on Grenoble Road, Oxford, then enjoy a guided walk along Oxfordshire’s Roman Way

Saturday 6 October 2012

More than 35 volunteers heeded the call from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Oxfordshire) to get their hands dirty and help pick litter from along Oxford's Grenoble Road.

After just an hour, along one short stretch of road, the volunteers had collected dozens of bags of rubbish. One teenage litterpicker focused specifically on collecting drinks cans. He gathered a hefty sackful. He said: "These are all recyclable. Why do people chuck this stuff away?"

Helen Marshall, director of CPRE Oxfordshire, found a toaster dumped in the hedgerow. She said: "Most people do the right thing and dispose of their rubbish properly. It's not difficult. That so many people wanted to come out and help clean up is really encouraging. We just have to get the message across to the litter-droppers and fly-tippers now: it's dirty so don't do it!"

After cleaning up, the volunteers set off for a walk along Oxfordshire’s Roman Way through the Oxford Green Belt to the beautiful and ancient village of Marsh Baldon. The walk was guided by author Elaine Steane, author of The Roman Way.

The event was made possible thanks to the generosity of the David Harding Foundation.

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