There are two ways I like to spend my Sundays. One is going for a walk; the other is a bit of gardening. The fact that it was raining yesterday just added to the challenge as I began the first installment of the Findon Spring Clean . . .
My motivation has been from a few different places. Firstly, was a walk I took a couple of weeks ago with my eighteen month old daughter around the village. She is at the age when everything is interesting, especially if it stands out against a background of tarmac or foliage. Like empty drinks cans, bottles and wrappers. Explaining that people had dropped these items made me think that I didn’t want her to accept this as normal.
Secondly, I consider Findon a pretty special place to live. I’m not happy to see it covered in rubbish. I subcribe to Common Ground’s excellent Rules for Local Distinctiveness.
Thirdly, being a big fan of Bill Bryson, and work of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, I feel that too many places are spoilt by litter and it is at the community level that we need to act on it.
Walking near the Findon Village Hall and Pre-School, it looked like fly-tipping has occurred alongside regular litter. Things like this beer keg were clearly visible, but I also came across a broken computer monitor, heavy-duty cabling, wire, and so on. Not good.
Next steps? Community action!
Transition Findon will continue to act, hopefully in conjunction with an existing local organisation, to address the litter problem. March and April will see the Findon Spring Clean continue. Part 2 coming up . . .