Hucknall volunteers were out in force recently at three environmental events as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ and the Council’s ‘Even Cleaner Streets’ campaign.
On Washdyke Recreation Ground, Environmental Volunteers Sandy and Dave Singleton held a ‘Dog Poo Awareness’ event to encourage more responsible dog ownership. They were inspired to raise awareness about the issues of dog owners not picking up after their dogs and the health and safety risks this poses. They are keen to encourage people to take more responsibility and help keep public spaces and parks cleaner places for residents to enjoy.
As part of the event they handed out information and advice about dog poo hygiene awareness, the importance of picking up after your dog and why dogs should be wormed regularly. Everyone who attended with their dog received a free 'Doggy Goody Bag'.
Local residents Lynn Wade and Gary Johnson, pictured with Sandy, said that the event was a great idea and thanked Dave and Sandy for the fantastic work they are doing in helping to keep the recreation ground so clean. They went on to say that "everyone including dog owners should take pride in their local area, picking up after their dogs and putting litter in bins is a simple task that everyone can do to help to keep their area clean".
Eastside Methodist Church ‘7 & Up’ Youth Group organised a litter pick in the Butlers Hill area. The group (pictured right, kitted out in their volunteering gear) picked up six bags of rubbish from footpaths around the Butlers Hill Tram stop and ‘over the tin bridge’
A wide range of ‘Green Buddy’ environmental activities were on offer at Hucknall Surestart’s ‘Terrific Titchfield’ event on Titchfield Park. Children and their families had chance to have a look around the Ashfield District Council road sweeper, spruced up the park by cleaning up the Zachariah Green Memorial and with help from Tesco Hucknall and a friendly mascot carried out a litter pick across the park.
Other Surestart activities included insect home making, Xplorers mini-orienteering and a visit to the Titchfield Park Bee Garden. Children also took part in a poster design competition to encourage park users to help keep the park clean and tidy. The winners received an Easter egg and certificate from Sam Dennis, Service Lead for Waste and Environment who said "it was extremely hard choosing the winners as all the posters were excellent, a big well done to everyone who took part". She went on to say "A well-deserved thank you goes to the groups and volunteers who have contributed to the events and for their help in keeping Hucknall’s parks and public spaces clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy".
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