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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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Three Brooks nature group report for March

Posted on Thursday 6th April 2017 at 10:11 pm by SH (Editor)

Volunteers from the Three Brooks Local Nature Conservation Group with rubbish collected during their Big Spring Clean.

An update from Sara Messenger of Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Nature Conservation Group.

Monthly workday and the Big Spring Clean

Our planned March workday, working on the marsh, hit a major snag. Although the work we do on the reserve has been agreed with South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) from a conservation perspective, there have been several legislative changes over the past few years and now all water based work must also be approved by their Drainage and Flood Risk Management Team. So, until the SGC team are able to assess our plans, our team will have to stay on dry land.

So, instead we had some March Morning Madness and went on a Big Spring Clean. We collected over 29 bags of rubbish, but without a single traffic cone or shopping trolley in sight! We arranged the collection with Streetcare who rather sheepishly told me on the Monday that they couldn’t find the bags. A quick visit confirmed that it wasn’t their map reading skills that had vanished but the bags. Jason Holcombe, who works for Bradley Stoke Town Council had seen the collection and had just sorted it before any of us were even on our second coffee. Jason surpassed himself on our next spring clean by collecting the bags even before I’d sent out the email!

As well as ordinary black bags, we have been given a box of dog poo bags, so if you see us out on the reserve please feel free to ask for some. We have so far collected over 50 bags from locations in and around the reserve, although we expect to collect a few more before the campaign finishes.

In the afternoon, using some willow that we had recently coppiced, we also put in a couple of benches along the path by Campion Drive. Although they weren’t finished in time for the weary Avon Valley 10k runners that passed by us, we did later manage to persuade a brave family to test them for us! As well as benches, I discovered this week another use for willow – there was an old tradition to bury your loved ones with a willow wand as it wards off ‘evil spirits’, although I can offer no proof that it works!

More: Swans; tree measuring event »

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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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