Two anti-plastic campaigners Lynne Lambourne and Julia Carey got together to organise a litter pick around Henley on Thursday last week.
Julia Carey who started the Henley Plastic Reduction Facebook Group and is co-founder of Henley Refill campaign contacted South Oxfordshire District Council who lent her 20 litter picks and high vis vests to wear for the event.
Lynne Lambourne, an interior designer and upcycler who regularly blogs using #warrioronwaste and runs upcycling workshops for children to inspire them to make better choices and to use their creativity. She brought a group of children who were attending one of her workshops to help and some of the items found will be used be used for art creations at future workshops.
Julia and Lynne were joined by around 20 volunteers to help clean up the town.
Julia said, “I thought a litter pick would be a fun, sociable and constructive thing to do to start the new year. We managed to gather a group of 20 – a mixture of both young and the more mature – mainly from putting it out there on social media. Lynne then took half the group off to clean by the river and I coordinated the town centre clean which included Queen Street, Greys Road Car Park, Reading Road and New Street. Between us all we gathered about 20 bags of rubbish and all of us commented on how many cigarette butts there were. We will certainly be organising more litter picks throughout the year.”
There were many unusual items found including a flip flop hidden in the bushes by the River & Rowing Museum by Lynne. Lynne added, “A fun morning, a great way to get fresh air, be social and make a difference, hope to see even more people next time.”