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 organised a month long litter pick starting on March 22nd. 14 years late, but 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 and this year we all worked on Saturday April 6th for just 1 hour.
With bags being collected from all over the village we collected an estimated 60 bags of litter, plus a 5 gallon can of oil, tyres, broken street cones and sundry pieces of metal. See the picture below.
None of this could have happened without the help of Ashtead Residents, but more importantly without the organisation and dedication of Chrissy Kerton (pictures above) and her No.2 Jean Bradley. Congratulations to both of you for organising another successful Spring Clean.
It was a very successful event, with more than 60 people helping, including some new faces. Many commented that there was less litter, the bags maybe weren’t as full as in the past, but that proves how successful we have been in past years. There is also a small army of people who pick up litter whenever they see it, which makes a huge difference.
Extra thanks to Clive Stirling, Vicky from Corporation of London Ashtead Common, and Derek Webb, who carted the bags back to the APMH Car Park.
Jo, the Landlady of our village pub, The Brewery, once again generously provided a get together in the back room of the pub, for anyone who had taken part in the Spring Clean. Tea or coffee was served together with a great assortment of nibbles, cakes and biscuits. She really did us proud and we thank her. Well done Jo, and well done The Brewery Inn.
ARA Spring Clean Co-ordinator
Last year's collection!