Axis JLL Account Director, Melanie Wood, gathered the troops and organised a litter pick day during the February half term.
“I have lived and walked around this area for over 15 years and have been upset by how filthy it had become. My children and neighbours had all commented on how disheartening it was to see our lovely countryside this way, so I decided to do something about it.
I contacted my local council to inform them of our intended action and to request that they collect the litter at the end of the day and then bought some litter pickers, bags and disposable gloves. I spoke with my neighbours and the kids and they were all very enthusiastic to take part, so off we went. I was really proud of all the kids and it was extremely satisfying to see the area revert to its natural, litter-free state. By 4 o’clock we had collected 30 bags of rubbish, plus many walkers stopped to not only thank us but to ask how they could organise something similar and in the following week we saw several other areas receive the same treatment.”
Local resident, 16 year old Lily Webster, also commented:
“ I wanted to do the litter pick on Drummers Lane as it makes me feel so sad to walk past the heaps of rubbish when walking my dog. The litter had got so bad that it could be seen everywhere. After doing the litter pick I felt very accomplished and felt like I had done something good for the planet, and my local community. When doing the pick, many people stopped to thank us, which made me feel like what we were doing was making a difference. I really enjoyed doing my part for the environment and would happily do it again.