The 14th Ashtead Spring Clean 2019
The Ashtead Spring Clean has evolved over the past 14 years; when it started it was a bit of a novelty, and there was a mass of litter to collect. Now there are town and beach litter picks held regularly all over the UK and many Ashtead residents also keep a regular eye on their own areas to remove the worst of any litter dropped by unthinking people – often from cars. This year the Daily Mail are organising a month long litter pick starting on March 22nd. They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Once a year, in the same way as you might refresh your home when the sun shines, Ashtead residents come out to work together to spruce up the Village and give it a Spring Clean.
Ashtead’s Spring Clean is not just about picking up litter; as there is less and less money available from our Councils for non-essential work, we can make the difference by doing it ourselves. Real community spirit can be fostered by getting your neighbours to work together, cleaning street signs, trimming back overgrown hedges, clearing nettles and brambles from alleyways and town paths, and tidying verges and gutters. Put a note through your neighbours' doors, and get them all to come out and join in the Spring Clean on Saturday 6th April at 10:00am
The Spring Clean is organized all around Ashtead but please let us know if there is an area that needs extra attention. However, if you would like to join a LITTER picking group near you on April 6th, please look out for detailed instructions on where to meet that will be posted here before the event. There will be an ARA committee member or a Local Councillor to meet you.
The usual venues in the past have been as follows, though these might differ this year, so keep a look out for changes.
Ashtead Station car park
Outside the Football Club, near the pond
Outside The Greville Primary School, Stonny Croft
The corner of Barnett Wood Lane and West Farm Avenue
Outside St Andrew’s School, Grange Road
The corner of Craddocks Avenue and the A24
Ottways Lane, opposite Skinners Lane
You might prefer to litter pick in outlying roads or alleyways. If you choose this option please could you let us know in advance so that we don’t send other people to the same place, when it will have already been litter-picked. Contact details are at the end of this article.
For all litter picking activity please wear boots or strong shoes and bring thick protective gloves. Bags, Hi-Vis vests and litter pickers will be provided.
The rubbish bags will be collected from each area and brought back to the APMH car park or, if you are working in the centre of the Village, please bring your bag back with you and take it to the back of the APMH car park (near the recycling bins) where we will gather for a group photograph.
Please put the date in your diary now: SATURDAY MORNING, APRIL 6th.
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator