MY LITTER PICKING
"For a while now Iíve walked through the lovely countryside and seen the awful litter everywhere. I have to admit that it never even occurred to me that I should pick it up, I thought that someone else would. It suddenly dawned on me to pick it up myself and I felt pretty stupid for having not done so before.
Kay Lewin, Litter Heroine
IntroductionI pick up litter from lanes around Cheltenham and the Cotswold. Currently, I go out two or three times a week for an hour or two at a time. Typically, I'll do a mile or two of lane in a session. There are four locations I litter pick regularly, every two to three weeks or so. Otherwise, I just look out for lanes that need doing when I am driving or cycling and I come back and pick them.
Litter picking Cotswold lanes is about as pleasant a way of sending time in the countryside as you could wish for.
My Litter MapI'm using Google Maps to keep a record of my litter picking. Each pin records a litter picking session, the date and the amount of litter picked up (you can use the zoom arrows for more detail) .
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My Adopted LocationsI have adopted 4 locations around Cheltenham. I litter pick each one every 3-4 weeks and report any flytipping to the council.
Aggs Hill and the Fred Smiley Butterfly Reserve
|Aggs Hill is a lane running from Cheltenham up on to the Cotswold escarpment to the South of Cleeve Hill. It's mostly plastic drinks bottles and cans that get dropped here. Bizarrely, just before Christmas some idiot dropped about 50 1m lengths of tinsel all the way up the hill. By the time we'd picked it all up it filled two large bin bags.||From the top of Aggs Hill a lane runs along the escarpment, past the Bill Smyllie Butterfly Reserve, to Cleeve Hill. Just short of the pylons at Cleeve Hill there is some parking that gets a fair amount of fast food and drinks debris. On the 6th November the area was covered in fireworks debris from the night before. As its some way from any habitation, this lane also gets a fair amount of fly tipping.|