On a sunny Saturday afternoon in March, we gathered at Nettleham village hall for The Great British Spring Clean.
We were very lucky with the weather as heavy rain had been forecast. Once everyone was kitted out with gloves, jackets and bags we all went on our way. It wasn’t long before we’d filled almost 30 large bin bags from around the village, we also found some asbestos pipe and a large tyre, there always seems to be a tyre!
The group have collected over 150 bin bags of rubbish from around the village in the past year, as well as the obligatory old tyres. We’ve also picked up a fridge door, an old car battery, a carrier bag filled with dirty nappies, an inflatable Thor’s hammer, old plastic barrels and other objects dumped by people who don’t feel they should have to dispose of their own rubbish in an appropriate way. At our collection in June last year, we found an old microwave and some roof lagging dumped in a ditch on Lodge Lane which we were unable to get out ourselves. I sent an email to West Lindsey District Council and they quickly sent out a van to collect it.
I think the volunteers are really making a difference to the village, not only the aesthetics but also the wildlife that we share Nettleham with, I hope you can see a difference too. We pick most of our litter from the roads leading into the village, Lodge Lane, Sudbrooke Lane, Greetwell Lane etc, but there is some within the village too. I have had it said to me that there’s not much rubbish in Nettleham, but I consider 150 large bin bags a lot, so I feel it’s definitely worth doing. I also know several people who regularly go for a walk and take a carrier bag of rubbish home, some of these people aren’t able to join us on our litter picks, but they definitely need to be acknowledged for their help.
The next litter collection will take place in late May or early June, keep an eye on the Co-op notice board and our Facebook page [Keep Nettleham Tidy] for more details nearer the time. As always everyone is invited, feel free to bring children as we have child friendly routes to clean too. You will all receive free refreshments after you’ve finished. The more people that come, the more of the village can be cleaned, so please come if you can, even half an hour of your time will make a difference.
Thanks must go to the village hall committee who let us use the hall as a base for our litter collections and the car park to store the rubbish whilst we wait for West Lindsey District Council to collect it.
Keep Nettleham Tidy
Here’s a selection of pictures from the day [click to enlarge]…