On Sunday 30th September The Greening Chinnor Campaign in conjunction with the Parish Council held the second Chinnor Community Litter Pick. A team of 14 willing volunteers from Chinnor and Kingston Blount met at a blustery and chilly White’s Field car park to form groups to litter pick on some of Chinnor’s most popular footpaths and bridleways. Luckily the rain held off and a couple of very productive hours were spent.
The volunteers split up into 4 separate teams in order to maximise the amount of rubbish collected. We were hopeful that there would be much less to clear up as we were revisiting footpaths and bridleways we walked in the spring. Six months ago we collected about 25 bin bags full of recyclable and non-recyclable rubbish; this time we collected 14. Rubbish collected again ranged from the usual plastic drinks bottles and cans to the more unusual, with a collection of 11 ice cream wrappers (all the same ice lolly) found under a hedge, 5 cigar tins, a scooter, skateboard and even a bike! Yet again, we were extremely disappointed with the sheer volume of dog mess which was left as before, in a range of plastic bags either on the ground, thrown into ditches or hung from hedges and trees; we collected 4 carrier bags of bagged dog mess. There are plenty of dog bins in the village which are used by the majority of responsible dog owners and cannot see why these cannot be used by everyone.
As always, these events could not happen without those who are willing to give up some of their precious Sunday mornings. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who took part together with Jo and Liz from the Parish Office