The Englefield Estate team have donned their hi-vis and gathered their litter pickers to take part in the Great British September Clean.
Five Estate staff spent over two hours in and around Englefield Village and the surrounding areas and collected 42 bags of rubbish, including multiple bags that had been dumped in a stretch of the River Bourne. The rubbish was then sorted and recycled where possible, with other waste disposed of safely.
Richard Edward, Forestry Manager for the Englefield Estate, said: “Over the last six months, we’ve been glad to provide open spaces and beautiful surroundings for our local communities to enjoy, get fresh air and exercise during such a difficult time. We ‘pledged to pick’ as we know just how special our countryside is.
"We’d urge everyone to do their bit, not just over the campaign fortnight but all year round, and take all rubbish home or dispose of it appropriately and pick up anything you see when our and about, to keep wildlife safe and our wonderful outdoor spaces enjoyable.”
The Great British September Clean, running from 11 to 27 September, is an annual initiative organised by Keep Britain Tidy designed to help improve the environment, eliminate litter, end waste and create great places for everyone. The campaign was due to run 20 March to 13 April 2020, but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
You can find out more about the campaign at www.keepbritaintidy.org.