Litter heroes battle the elements to clean up MarlboroughThis weekend, as part of the Great British Spring Clean, Town Councillors, volunteers from Marlborough in Bloom, ARK and the local community joined together to tackle the litter in the town. After a successful clean-up on Friday and Saturday the weather moved in and yesterday’s session in the Priory Gardens and High Street had to be cancelled.
Steve Pascall, chairman of Marlborough in Bloom(MIB) said, “The weather has beaten us all round. But Marlborough looks much tidier now the snow has covered everything!”
The ‘Beast from the East’ had already prevented the clean-up from taking place a few weeks ago. However, volunteers from ARK braved the cold wind and snow on Saturday afternoon to clean-up Bay Bridges, the River Og which is a tributary of the River Kennet, Stone Bridge Wild River Reserve, Stonebridge Meadow and Stonebridge Lane.
ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes, said, “The biggest object removed was a large section of a bath from the River Og. The majority of litter was single use coffee cups, plastic bottles and cans, along with bagged dog poo. It was really encouraging that there was less litter than in previous years but sad that with so much recent publicity about plastics polluting our rivers, seas and oceans that there is still so much causing danger to wildlife and blighting the landscape.”
“I would like to thank our volunteers (including two teenagers who are volunteering as part of their D of E Award) who gave up their afternoon to remove often very unpleasant items and make these areas nicer and safer for everyone.”
The drive to make Marlborough marvellous continues. Steve Pascall told marlborough.news, “MIB are working together with the town council to make Marlborough a better place to live. We have got to get more people visiting the town. We need to make the town more attractive by making it tidier. More visitors will also benefit local shops and businesses. And of course we would like to keep the Gold Standard for Marlborough in Bloom.”
With this in mind MIB and Marlborough Town Council are holding an Open Morning on Sunday 25 March from 10 to 1.30 in the Town Hall to recruit volunteers. Tea and coffee will be provided.
“Let’s hope the snow has gone by the 25th, so it will be third time lucky!” quipped Steve.