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Discarded PPE, spray cans and cigarette lighters found during litter pick in Gosberton




On her first litter pick following the coronavirus lockdown, a volunteer has been staggered by the amount of rubbish discarded in her village.

Wearing protective gear, good Samaritan Denise Garrard collected in Gosberton a number of surgical gloves and masks that had been apparently tossed into the street by litterers.

She is also concerned after finding spray cans of adhesive and ‘numerous’ cigarette lighters left in the village playing field.

Discarded spray cans of adhesive were found in Gosberton Playing Field.
Discarded spray cans of adhesive were found in Gosberton Playing Field.

“With things being the way they are at the moment I was a bit cautious,” she said.

“But I have got a grabber and gloves and I have a garden trolley. From the (war) memorial up to the Five Bells corner (near the Premier village store) I collected two full black bin bags of rubbish over Thursday and Friday last week.

“I think there were about ten or more gloves and face masks that I collected. Some of the masks were the cloth ones.”

Denise Garrard pictured during a previous litter pick in Gosberton.
Denise Garrard pictured during a previous litter pick in Gosberton.

While she says they may have blown away by accident she also urged people to get rid of things properly.

“It is not really acceptable,” she said, “and I can see it getting worse. If they can think ahead and dispose of them responsibly.”

She also collected cans and bottles of beer during the litter pick.

“The fact that there were lighters with the spray cans in the playing field, I don’t think the cans were from a builder.”

Volunteer Mya Doades has helped Denise with her litter picks in the past.
Volunteer Mya Doades has helped Denise with her litter picks in the past.

Denise (54) works in the Lincolnshire Co-op pharmacy in Swineshead and does the litter picks simply because she wants to keep the village looking smart.

Also known as ‘Dee’, she lived in Donington for many years and did the same there, as well as keeping the village signs clean and gleaming.

She is also helped out by other volunteers from time to time who want to help with her good work.

Gosberton Parish Council chairman John Clark thanked Denise for helping to keep the village clean.

“We must also remind people to discard of things in the correct place,” he said, adding that there had been issues a few years ago with lighters and spray cans found in the playing field.

He asked people to be vigilant and report any concerning incidents to the parish council and police.

“We have also had a lot of dog fouling in the park recently,” he added.

Many have thanked Denise on social media for cleaning up the village.

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