Thanks go to litter busters
Published on: 05 May 2014
A TEAM of volunteers who help brighten up our lives have been honoured as Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Champions.
The litter busters go out regularly as a group and independently to clear junk from streets, parks and open spaces.
They range from students to retired people and their equipment is loaned to them by South Gloucestershire Council.
The most common items they find are drink cans and bottles and sweet and crisp packets.
One of the litter busters is parish councillor Julia Wimbush.
She said: “We have found everything from builders' rubble, undelivered newspapers and a bag with a duvet and bedding. The strangest thing we found in the bushes at a park was a collection of wheelbarrows and spades tied to a tree.
“Once, when we were litter-picking outside the Co-op, someone dropped a chewing gum wrapper right by me, another member of the public told the other person off and they apologised and picked it up!”
The other group members are John, Val, Martyn, Gill, Anne, Barbara, Peter, Rob, Jack and Oliver. They decide collectively in advance where to litter-pick and they try to meet once a month during spring/summer and as often as weather and daylight allows in autumn and winter.
The group were presented with their parish champion awards at the annual assembly of Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council.