If you’re a regular follower of the Off the Ground blog, you’ll be aware that Jon took over running the community clean ups last year … just in time for everything to go pear-shaped in 2020! The dates he picked out back in January have seen problems ranging from bad weather to lockdown to lack of interest, and he has made the decision to put a halt to any organised group litter picks for the remainder of this year.

This is not to say that you cannot clean up in Chippenham (or beyond). Friday, 11th September marks the beginning of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British September Clean (a.k.a. the postponed Great British Spring Clean), and it would be great to see people across Chippenham (and elsewhere) clean up their own local patch. Whether you adopt a favourite walk with your family, get a group of six or fewer friends and neighbours together to tend to your neighbourhood, or decide to be a solo picker, there is bound to be somewhere for you to clean up.

There is no need to wait for a community clean up, a specially designated month, or rely on someone else to organise you: picking up litter is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your community and benefit the environment. Please just get in touch if you would like to borrow equipment and check out these details from Keep Britain Tidy for how to keep safe.

And are you interested in doing even more to help in the fight against litter? Then check out these posts for suggestions about how you can expand your influence from picking to persuading:

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