march community litter pick
Despite the dreary weather, on Saturday 2nd March, over 45 dedicated volunteers gathered in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, for a common cause – to clean up their neighbourhood. This event not only demonstrated the power of community collaboration but also served as a reminder of the importance of environmental stewardship. 
The volunteers, armed with gloves and rubbish bags, set out on their mission. The weather may have been gloomy, but the enthusiasm and determination of the participants shone brightly. Each volunteer understood the impact their actions would have on the local environment and was committed to making a difference. 
Environmental Stewardship 
Despite the wet conditions, signs of spring were evident throughout the area. Daffodils peeked through the damp earth, and the chirping of birds provided a soundtrack to the litter pick. This served as a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural surroundings. 
Eirwen Tagg, Great Linford Parish Manager said, "Not only do community litter picks make our surroundings look better, they remove dangerous hazards for wildlife. In a recent study, Keep Britain Tidy estimated that 2.9 million small mammals - like shrews, hedgehogs, and voles - are dying each year after getting stuck in bottles and cans thrown onto grassland and parks. " 
Collective Effort 
Working tirelessly, the volunteers combed through parks, streets, and alleyways, picking up litter and debris along the way. Their efforts were nothing short of remarkable. Over the course of the morning, an impressive 360 KG of rubbish was collected. 
Celebrating Together 
Following the litter pick, volunteers gathered to celebrate their achievements and enjoy some well-deserved refreshments. Cllr. Nicholls explained " This event was more than just picking up litter, it was about coming together as a community, to be outside and enjoy being with others. Events like this help combat loneliness and social isolation." 
Looking Towards the Future 
As the day drew to a close, the Great Linford community could take pride in the transformation they had brought about. However, the litter pick served as more than just a one-time event – it was a catalyst for ongoing change. Great Linford Parish Council has organised monthly community litter picks from March to September and the next event is on Saturday 6th April in Downhead Park and Willen Park. The spirit of collaboration and environmental consciousness cultivated during the event will continue to inspire residents to take action and keep their neighbourhood clean for years to come. 
Tommy Hayes, Community Liaison Officer for Great Linford Parish Council summed up the occasion "This litter pick exemplified the power of community unity and environmental stewardship. Despite the challenges posed by the weather, over 45 volunteers came together to make a tangible difference in their neighbourhood. It is a reminder that when individuals join forces, they have the power to create meaningful and lasting change in their communities." 
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