Our Autumn Litter Pick event took place on Saturday 9th October tying in with the South Norfolk Clean Up Campaign. We collected litter from every road, close, green space and footpath in and around Burston and Shimpling, thanks to the band of volunteers who turned out on the day or during the week if they had prior commitments.
These included: Tim, Isobel and Kiera who found a laundry basket, Jenny who has promised to return to the path next to the playing field once the vegetation has been cleared from the ditch. Andrew, Amanda, Julie and Sue, Juan, Juliette and Suzi, Robin and Eileen who cleared most of the central area of the village and Green Lane. Wendy who had to use a wheelbarrow to bring her rubbish sack back to the collection point as it was so heavy. She commented that the BMX track area was really clean and tidy so well done to all the people who use this facility. Andy, Keith and Nigel cleared the outer area of Burston. Alison, Tony and Nigel collected all through Shimpling and this was by far the worst area blighted by litter including fly tipping of three car tyres and fast- food packaging. A considerable number of bags filled with litter were left on Church Green awaiting collection by the council and the tyres that were removed from a ditch in Shimpling will be collected by South Norfolk Council.
The Parish Council is extremely grateful to villagers who regularly litter pick, and to the volunteers who turn out for the organised events. On this occasion Friends of St Mary’s Church held their Coffee and Cake morning to coincide with the litter pick and all volunteers enjoyed free refreshments (sponsored by an anonymous donor).
The next villages Litter Pick will be the spring ‘Keep Britain Tidy Campaign’, see you all then.