New Year, New Plans

Chippenham, start your calendars … the tentative dates for this year’s litter picks are ready(ish). These still need to be approved and we’re double checking that there are no other events on at the same time in the chosen locations, but please consider pencilling the following dates into your diaries:

  • Saturday, 28 March: Monkton Park (Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean)
  • Saturday, 2 May: Donkey Field
  • Saturday, 4 July: Monkton Park
  • Saturday, 12 September: Donkey Field
  • Saturday, 14 November: Monkton Park

All clean ups take place from 10am until noon, weather permitting (although many thanks to everyone who turned up to help in November’s downpour!). Jon is running all litter picks and can be reached at jon_paget@hotmail.com.

And don’t forget you can pick up litter at any time – we won’t be offended! We are happy to loan equipment if you don’t have any (just contact Jon for details), or consider investing in kit from Helping Hands Environmental. We’ve done a few rubbish walks ourselves since 1st January, and the theme for this year seems to be mugs: we’ve found two so far! If you’re a Craig (or know one who would benefit from the mug on the right), please get in touch.

There will also be some changes to Off the Ground this year. The Off the Ground organising committee has shrunk to the point where it is no longer feasible to focus on running projects and educational opportunities ourselves. As a result, I have made the decision to turn the website into a resource for community groups who are more active. It will have a national rather Chippenham focus, and I will be concentrating on behaviour change, project ideas, and downloads. I will continue to email items of interest and reminders about clean ups to members of the mailing list*, but posts may be a bit quieter than usual while I redesign the Off the Ground website and launch the Reduce Your Wasteline blog (both of which are ongoing, so please pardon the mess while I restructure this website).

In the meantime, please feel free to take a look back over the past year:

Please contact me to be added to the volunteer list. If you want to keep up to date with everything litter-related on Off the Ground—new blog posts, campaign ideas, and activities—please sign up here.

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