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The Big Hitchin Autumn Tidy Up

Published: 25th October 2017 22:19


Bancroft Team of Big Hitchin Autumn Tidy Up Volunteers


Hitchin has had its semi-annual spruce-up, with over 70 local residents, including 25 young people, working to make Hitchin clean and litter free before the winter weather settles in.

The Big Hitchin Autumn Tidy Up, organised by Hitchin Forum and now in its 6th year, collected 112 large bags of rubbish from sites around the town.

Parks and recreation grounds, including Pinehill Field, Butts Close, King George's, Bancroft and Ransom's recreation grounds, and The Dell were tackled by groups and families.   Other volunteers attacked streets like Hitchin Hill, Stotfold Road, the entire length of Cambridge Road, Nightingale and Walsworth Roads, the road junctions outside Hitchin station, Willow Lane, Moormead Hill and the Parkway bypass, as well as Woodside car park.

Ellie Clarke, the event co-ordinator for Hitchin Forum said, "we were particularly pleased this year to have not only Brownies and Guides in The Dell, but Scouts doing their World Challenge Awards at Ransom's Recreation Ground.  They had a great time cleaning rubbish out of the river and made a big difference.

"Regular volunteers are reporting less rubbish than in previous years which is very encouraging.  Interesting finds included a breadmaker on Parkway bypass, a sleeping bag on Butts Close (described as 'very dead' & fortunately empty), 2 knives, a bucket and toddler bike seat from the river at Ransom's, a partial dinner service and a scooter from King George's and two broken sinks from The Dell.

"Volunteers joining in are incredibly appreciative that this event is organised, are very positive about Hitchin and keen to help make their town an even nicer place.  It is also very satisfying because the difference it makes is so visible and passersby express their appreciation".  

The event is supported by NHDC who provide collection bags, loan litter pickers and hi viz vests and arrange the collection of all the bags of rubbish the next day.  Hitchin Initiative help with publicity and provide insurance cover.  

The next event will be the Big Hitchin Spring Clean.  Details will be posted on the Forum's website:  www.hitchinforum.org.uk.

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