80 volunteers turn out to clear Norfolk town, but discover huge amounts of rubbish
PUBLISHED: 15:04 22 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:41 23 April 2018
A Norfolk environmental group has had a record breaking litter pick event; both in the amount of volunteers who wanted to help, and sadly, the amount of rubbish collected.
Around 80 volunteers helped to cover almost the entire town of Wymondham in a litter which took place on the morning of April 21. But unfortunately the volunteers returned to the meeting place of Wymondham FC with around 70 bags of dumped waste, including plant pots and a pram.
Sue Knight and her husband Peter are part of the Greening Wymondham team who organised the event.
Mrs Knight said: “I feel like the environment is very topical right now which is why so many people turned out. We also had a lot of families, and a group of girl guides I believe.
“It was fantastic that we managed to cover most of Wymondham, as we had one volunteer with a map who told volunteers where to cover, but we did find a lot of rubbish. Most of it was cans, chocolate wrappers and glass bottles, most of which luckily hadn’t shattered.
“I was part of a team collecting rubbish from beneath the Browick Road Bridge, and I think someone must have just dumped the entire contents of their garden shed off the side of the bridge.”
The 55-year-old continued: “We found plant pots, a pram, and lots of other random bits. We filled 11 bin bags under that one bridge alone.”
The mother-of-three continued: “I believe this event was so popular because we really tried to publicise it, which often we’re not so good at.
“One member of Greening Wymondham is a very talented artist and designed a fabulous poster which I think really helped. I work in the library and plastered the place with the posters, so I think they caught people’s eye more.
“We had loads of home made cakes and we were a bit down thinking: ‘Only 20 people will turn up!’ so we were so pleased when we had more than 80 names on the list.”
All the bin bags and equipment for the litter pick were provided by the South Norfolk District Council.
The Greening Wymondham group also plant trees and organise other community activities. You can find out more via their facebook page.