Donington litter pickers have collected 70 bags of rubbish
A group of volunteers committed to keeping hard to reach areas of their village clean are doing a sterling job.
Gemma Elsam and her group - the Donington Litter Pickers - have been working together to collect bags of rubbish from areas, such as Browntoft Lane and the Northorpe area, since they formed in February.
Gemma says she decided to bring the group together after seeing the success of the Wombles of Spalding Common and the Wyberton Wombles.
She said: “Last year I had thought about doing something but I felt a bit embarrassed about it at first.
“Then I saw what the Spalding and Wyberton Wombles were doing and I thought I’d get something together.
“There are other people who have been doing their bit behind the scenes and people who go around the village on a daily basis, but we’re focusing on areas which are further out - we don’t mind doing things like the ditches.
“At first I was contacted by someone who lives down the Northorpe in March who wanted to clean up a dyke which was full of rubbish.
“I joined him on the second day and then five of us collected 70 bags of rubbish, as well as a gas bottle, ride on car and a push bike.”
The group has begun to grow in numbers and as Covid restrictions are eased it is hoped they will be able to hold big litter picks.
Even out on smaller litter picks, members have already made some interesting finds over the past few months.
Gemma said: “It’s quite good and surprising some of the things you find. We always find a boot or shoe wherever we go and my Dad found the oldest thing so far which was an old beer bottle with a 2 and a half penny return on it - we looked it up and the halfpenny hasn’t been in circulation since about 1984!
“We’ve also collected 36 bags on Browntoft and we collected 27 bags down the side of the skate park as well as some other bits. Sadly we’ve not found any treasure yet though.”
Businesses and councillors have also thrown their support behind the group, meaning Gemma will soon be able to hand out equipment to members in order to keep everyone safe.
She said: “We’ve had quite a bit of support from people and businesses in the village and further out.
“Jane King has provided us with lots of equipment and Phil Lovell is giving his time and support too - its good to have the support from the councillors.
“When it comes to organised picks we’ve got to be careful with Covid and we want to keep people spaced apart. However, the next area we are looking at is the woods at the back of the primary school. I reckon we will get around 80 bags out of there.”
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