Spring Cleaning at Gorse Covert Mounds
Litter picking events have been springing up across Warrington recently with the easing of lockdown restrictions and a growing appreciation of our beautiful environment locally. Keep Britain Tidy have been holding their Great British Spring Clean nationally from 28 May to 13 June 2021 and many organisations have been responding as residents are keen to get outdoors to help.
There have been some wonderful tidy-up events across Warrington this weekend, including at the Woodland Trust site at Gorse Covert Mounds. Many people have been getting together via social media or word of mouth; fantastic new groups have organised events as well as other groups who have been tidying up for years.
Along with most of the community, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has been picking up litter, from the group and beyond, and also to the various councils who have supported events by collecting the bags
Local wildlife sites such as Gorse Covert Mounds have been much busier in the last 12 months. With so many people staying at home over the last year, more and more of us are appreciating our beautiful parks and open spaces and see how sad it is when they are damaged by litter and fly tipping. There has been a pent-up desire to get outside and help, meeting up with friends and neighbours, socially distanced of course, and tidy up. It’s hard to say where we are going with this pandemic but I hope a safer, cleaner environment will be something positive that can come out of the crisis and being out in our open spaces is important for the mental and physical health of so many people
Nigel Balding, Friends of Gorse Covert Mounds