15:17 Friday 21 February 2014

Volunteers call on community litter help

Written byHELEN KREFT

A ROTARY club has called on the community to tackle its litter problem head on.

The Rotary Club of Bretby organised a ‘litter-pick’ in response to an article in the Mail about the state of the path from the Horninglow Community Park to the Claypit Conservation area.

In two hours a team of four comprising Rotarians Andrew Smart, club President, and Colin Brockington and volunteers Ezra Burke and Aaron Easy collected ten bags of rubbish - mostly bottles, cans and sweet wrappers - but only managed to clear about 50m of the path.

A major difficulty is that the council-owned land is separated from The de Ferrers Academy by a double fence and much of the litter is trapped in between the two fences.

Aaron Easy’s involvement fulfilled his weekly volunteering requirement for his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award.

President Andrew Smart said: “With this amount of rubbish collected from such a short length of the path it really needs the community to come out and tackle the full length of the path in one go.

“If at the same time the local authority could cut back the hedgerow and clear away the brambles a major and visible improvement could be achieved, which hopefully might encourage people to make more effort to keep the area clearer in future.”

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