‘Help me put the Great back in Ashby and get rid of disgusting litter,’ says Stevenage councillor

Terry Tyler litter picking.

Terry Tyler litter picking. - Credit: Archant

After collecting 23 bags of rubbish in just two hours a councillor has appealed for people to come forward and help him clean up their community.

Around 15 people including cubs and brownies helped Councillor Terry Tyler, a member of the Great Ashby Community Council, clear up part of the woods in Great Ashby District Park last month.

The day’s success has motivated Terry to plan to make the event a monthly fixture and he is asking for more people to come forward and help him make it possible.

“Great Ashby is a fabulous place and the woodland walk is beautiful – but it is being spoilt by litter,” he said.

“It isn’t just the woods, the big playing field under the pylons in Mendip Way is full of rubbish, too.

“It would be a nice walk except for all the bottles, cans, crisp packets and dog poo that seem to be everywhere.

“I spoke to two women walking their dogs who wanted to come away from the woods because there was so much litter.

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“Something needs to be done about this now because some of the litter will be invisible in the summer when everything starts growing.”

The group was provided with bin bags and litter pickers by North Herts District Council on the day, but is now planning on buying more equipment including long-handled litter pickers to help people get to rubbish at the bottom of bushes.

Terry wants to focus on specific areas of Great Ashby with each pick and gradually reduce the problem.

“At this point we are looking for people to volunteer their services,” he said. “We’re going to buy some equipment so all we need now is people to help us get the job done. We live in a lovely part of the country and it would be a real shame if it went to waste.”

For more email Terry at terry.tyler@greatashbycouncil.org.uk.