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Register now for the 2019 Spring Clean!

Posted on Tuesday 19th February 2019 at 9:49 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Andrea Devlin and her litter-picking “troops”.

South Gloucestershire Council is once again calling on volunteers to help clean up their neighbourhoods by joining its annual Spring Clean initiative.

This year’s campaign will run from Monday 11th February to Friday 10th May, when local groups, individuals, schools or town councils are invited to hold a litter pick of a targeted area in their community.

A litter pick does not have to be a big organised event – you and your friends, neighbours or family may just decide to have a clean up of your local park, street or pathway. However big or small, the council can lend out equipment to help you run your litter pick successfully.

The South Gloucestershire Spring Clean is the perfect opportunity for everyone to help keep their town, village, high street, woodland or park free from litter and clean for all to enjoy. Friends, families, neighbours, parish and town councils, community and voluntary groups, church groups, schools, students, youth clubs, scouts, cadets, brownies, guides, and businesses are all invited to take action against litter.

Volunteers can request free bin bags and gloves and can also borrow litter pickers and hoops.

Groups are asked to book any equipment required as far in advance as possible as there are limited numbers available and high demand during peak weekends throughout the Spring Clean campaign.

All items must be returned to the council after your event.

More: How to request your litter-picking equipment »

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Another chance to join the ‘Big Spring Clean’

Posted on Thursday 3rd April 2014 at 7:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Green Gym's Big Spring Clean.

Bradley Stoke residents have another chance to “spring into action” this weekend, by participating in the Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group’s ‘Big Spring Clean’ on Saturday (5th April) between 10am and 12noon.

The event provides another opportunity for local residents to help clean up their neighbourhood and open spaces and it follows hot on the heels of similar initiatives organised by Bradley Stoke Green Gym, Bradley Stoke in Bloom and the Friends of Jubilee Green over the past few weeks.

Anyone wishing to take part should meet at the tool store behind Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre at 10am on Saturday. Litter pickers and bags will be provided and a limited supply of gloves will be available.

In the afternoon, the group will be undertaking bramble bashing, scrub clearance, turf cutting and ground disturbance in Bowsland Meadow.

Photo: Bradley Stoke Green Gym volunteers at their Bring Spring Clean event on 13th March.

Nature Conservation Group’s report for March by Sara Messenger

On Saturday 1st March, the workday was divided between coppicing and litter picking. Most of the group spent the day coppicing hazel trees in Webb’s Wood, where we would usually have been thinning ash but that activity is still restricted until the threat of ash dieback disease (chalara fraxinea) has passed. Did you know that Webb’s Wood dates back as far as 1725 but wasn’t part of the nature reserve until 2005?

The 1st was also the first of our ‘Big Spring Cleans’ (BSC), which saw the volunteers, lead by Gill Smith, collect several bags of rubbish each. For Joss, from LV= Insurance, this was her first BSC and she said: “I really enjoyed it (which sounds funny when you’re talking about litter picking!) The public that were passing were really grateful and said some lovely things about the effort the volunteers put in. It was quite satisfying and put a spring in my step for the rest of the day.”

More: Green Gym volunteers fill 20 bags in just two hours »

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Town Council’s first-ever litter picker moves to pastures new

Posted on Friday 23rd March 2012 at 6:50 am by SH (Editor)

Dave Dace, Litter PickerA familiar sight on the highways and byways of Bradley Stoke will be seen for the last time today when Dave Dace, the Town Council’s first-ever litter picker, works his final day in the job.

The position of Mobile Cleansing Operative (MCO), to give the job its official title, was launched with great fanfare in April 2009 after the Town Council agreed to fund the part-time role and the lease of a white Vauxhall van for the Operative  to use on his daily rounds of the Town’s litter hot-spots.

Back then, Mr Dace was welcomed into his job by a group of six Councillors and officers at a photo call staged at the Brook Way Activity Centre – which The Journal duly recorded for posterity.

After his first week in the job, Mr Dace reported that most of the litter he had collected had been food wrappers and drinks cans/cartons, much of which appeared to have been thrown from cars.

There was talk of the Council seeking a contribution towards litter-picking costs from local takeaway outlets but this appears not to have been pursued in the intervening years.

In addition to his regular duties, Mr Dace was also instrumental in organising a number of community action days, including the Big Tidy Up in October 2009 and the Big Spring Clean in 2010.

He also created a webpage for the Bradley Stoke Street Carers group and was even moved to publish a poem about his MCO job.

A unanimous vote of thanks for Mr Dace’s hard work over the last three years was recorded at February’s meeting of the Town Council.

The Council is currently advertising to find a replacement for Mr Dace. Further details can be found on our Bradley Stoke Jobs page. Applications must be made by next Wednesday (28th March).

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McDonald’s tidy up “a success” despite weather

Posted on Monday 11th October 2010 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Town Council (BSTC) says its joint tidy up with the McDonald’s community team was a success, despite having to cancel part of the event due to bad weather.

The combined team of 25 McDonald’s helpers, four BSTC members/staff and local MP Jack Lopresti had to abandon plans to paint bus shelters in the town.

Instead, they tidied the seating area on Brook Way, opposite the Bradley Stoke pub.

Read more: Combined Bradley Stoke Town Council & McDonald’s Community Project (BSTC)

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