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  • Writer's pictureGabbie Joyce

First volunteer litter-pick day at the Marlpit

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Over the years since gravel extraction work stopped in the Marl Pit, nature has being busy reclaiming the land. Unfortunately, it also became a fly-tipping spot and several tonnes of assorted items have been thrown into the Pit from various locations around the boundary with neighbouring properties and St Andrew's Lane. Clearing this unwanted rubbish from site is a significant task in our project to make this an open access community woodland. It is a labour intensive operation, time consuming and with considerable cost in the removal of rubbish to an approved disposal site.

3 people clearing rubbish from a green space

The good news is that we are making progress and on the morning of Saturday 25th September 2021 we held our first volunteer litter-pick day, where our Trustees were joined and helped by three local volunteers.

The morning began with Trustees, Alice and Paul providing a Health & Safety briefing and issuing PPE. When everybody was ready, work commenced. Three hours later, seventeen wheelbarrow loads of rubbish had been retrieved from deep within the site and transferred into a large trailer ready for transfer to the disposal site.

It was a good morning's work and we would like to thank the volunteers for their enthusiastic contribution in helping to regenerate this wonderful area. We will be organising more volunteer work days over the coming months, if you are interested in lending a hand one Saturday morning, do contact us.

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