The Great British Spring Clean – thank you to all who took part

Taking pride in our places: “Who knew clearing rubbish would be so much fun”

Battle Town Council would like to express its gratitude to an amazing team of Battle residents who took part in the council’s Community Litter Pick as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean initiative. More than twenty volunteers gathered and we are delighted to report that Chain Lane, the Cricket Field, Marley Lane to Battle Great Wood, the access route from the train station to Marley Lane, Coronation Gardens and North Trade Road were all cleared.

There was more litter than anticipated, with each volunteer collecting at least one bin bag each in the two-hour dedicated time period. Two particularly determined litter pickers must have collected six to eight bags between them.

The Brownies joined in later in the day and cleared Market Square and Mansers Shaw. They went home caked in mud but feedback from parents was positive:

“My daughter loved it, and it’s only mud. She was very funny about how far the group had walked!”

“My daughter came home buzzing from today’s litter picking outing. Who knew clearing rubbish would be so much fun”

“It’s lovely for them to get outside and enjoy nature. We litter pick as a family but it’s more fun for them with others their age”

Local groups that rallied to the call included: Battle Area Green Drinks, Battle Health Walkers, Battle Ramblers, Battle Town Football Club, the Claverham Community College Wombles, Wild About Battle and, of course, there were many residents not attached to a particular group that took part. The Council have since received a number of pledges for involvement in 2024, when we hope to host an even bigger Spring Clean!

It is not too late to join in this year’s Spring Clean which runs until 2nd April. The council will support any volunteers who wish to have such a positive impact on our environment and the communities we live in. We have a limited number of litter picking kits that we can loan out and it may be possible for the grounds staff to collect bags at pre-arranged collection points.

When we all join forces and take the same action at the same time, the difference we can make is huge. That’s a difference to our planet, to the wildlife we share it with, to our communities, and to our own health and wellbeing.