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Tiptree Litter Combers

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We are a group of like minded volunteers who clear litter within the Tiptree village and surrounding lanes and woodlands on a regular basis.

Tiptree Litter Combers
1062

Bags collected so far

2

Members

15

Years

42

Total number of events

upcoming Events

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past Events

Spring pick

Litter pick of Grange road and Windmill hill. Collected another 12bags of rubbish, most of which were bottles and cans.

Spring pick

Litter picking Pods Wood through to Messing road Bus shelter. Litter picked Pods wood (again) collected 12full bags of rubbish including the following items ( one bag full of bread rolls, chicken piec...

Winter pick

Litter pick, Grange road and Windmill hill. Carried out litter pick between Florence park football pitch and The Basket works ( it was a complete mess ), We collected a large number of Drums and tin c...

December Pick

Roadside Pods wood. Litter picked roadside and removed a fly-tip from ditch which included a fridge, plastic and metal piping.

Spring pick

Grand road litter pick Due to the return of the KFC and McDonalds customers?????, these people?? had littered the best part of grange road, so on this glorious sunny day a group of us litter picked fi...

Spring pick

Litter pick to Pods and Layer wood.

Winter pick

Litter pick to Grange road, windmill hill and Pennsylvania lane. Pennsylvania lane and windmill hill where messing and took four volunteers over a hour to clear the debris and general rubbish ( welly...

May pick

Litter picked roadside of pods wood, astonished to find cats eyes dump along the hedgerow and in the ditches still within their tarmac surround, picked up twenty and photographed accordingly. Reported...

February 2019

Could be anywhere according to where volunteers have reported litter in and around Tiptree Litter picked along the Kelvedon road, too Perrywood nursery entrance ( no trouble with traffic ) also picked...

January litter pick.

Litter pick to Grange road following Christmas parties etc also village centre. No litter pick during January.

December litter pick

Meeting as usual in Tescos car park at 10.00am, litter pick Pods and cony woods. As above litter picked Pods and Cony woods, roadside from Messing bus stop through to first entrance to Pods wood and c...

November pick

Start of litter picking in and around Tiptree. Litter pick the top end of west end road through to Grange road, also litter picked Grange road from west end road to the entrance of Florence park ( Col...

March Pick

Litter picking surrounding areas.

January Pick

Return to clear the heath and Grange road. Cleared the Heath for the second time in two(2) months, also Grange road, total number of bags collected = 30 (thirty). Weird items collected includes, Elect...

March 19th

Grange road, Tiptree heath and Braxted road. Charge of areas: litter picked Newbridge road and Holbrooke walk though to Luther road, number of bags filled = (24). Whoever took down the trees alongside...

February 2017

Tiptree heath, West end road and Newbridge road. Change of plan, litter picked the ditches along the B1022 ( alongside Layer wood ), also Pods wood and Messing road. Number of bags = 16 from the ditch...

January 2017

Layer and Pods wood. Litter picked roadside near Layer wood and hedgerows between the entrance to Perrywood and Inworth Hall. Seventeen litter bags, one typewriter complete with carriege, large genera...

December Pick

Litter picking to Grange road and West end road. Litter picked the folowing areas, Grange road, Messing road, Tiptree Heath crossroads and Kelvedon road ( starting at Tower estate and finishing at Per...

November pick

Meeting in Tesco's car-park ( areas of interest grange road, West end road and layer wood ). Weather condition bad but a good number of volunteers attended, litter picked Haynes Green Lane, Windmill H...

Start of new season

Litter picking to Haynes Green lane, Pods wood, Tudwick road and Tiptree heath. Litter picked the above areas, collected seventeen bags of rubbish ( plus someone's front door ), find of the day was a ...

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Last of the season

Last of the season litter pick. Litter picked the following areas. Main road alongside the heath, Grange road and Part of Windmill hill, number of bags of rubbish ( mostly wine bottles, cans and drin...

March

Clean for the Queen campaign to celebrate the queens 9oth birthday, this event is organised by Country file and Keep Britain tidy. Tiptree litter combers collected another huge amount of rubbish and d...

February

General litter pick, meeting in Tesco's carpark at 8.00am (early birds) and 10.00am. Litter picked the following areas: Pod wood ( loaded a hessian bag full of wet clothes, also found a large househol...

January 2016

General litter pick of surrounding areas On the 10.00am shift, two volunteers litter picked the centre village carpark which was littered with Nitrous Oxide cartridges they also found them in the chil...

Last pick of 2015

Early morning litter pick of layer wood roadside and mid-morning pick of west end and grange road areas. Litter picked pods wood and part of Birch airfield, items collected, steel bath complete with t...

Last pick of 2015

Early morning litter pick of layer wood roadside and mid-morning pick of west end and grange road areas.

Winter season

Start of winter litter picking. Carried out early morning litter pick from Tiptree heath carpark and finished at Tiptree heath crossroads. Along this section we found unopened bags of Walkers crisps, ...

April Pick

Early morning litter pick of hedgerow along Tiptree Heath. Extended litter picking to Grange road and West end road. Filled three plastic bags with childrens toys found in a ditch in Grange road. Beca...

April Pick

Early morning litter pick of the hedgerows along Tiptree heath and Priory road

One of

Litter pick between the Tiptree heath crossroads and Braxted road crossroads. Started early morning to avoid traffic, litter picked the hedgerows and roadside grass verges. Seventeen bags of rubbish c...

March Pick

Country lanes and woods This litter pick took place along a public footpath between two villages, the volunteers collected a total of twenty seven bags of rubbish and one propane gas bottle.

January 2015 Pick

General litter pick of surrounding lanes Another successful litter pick with some-more strange items found, see following list:- Sheep shears. Training bag full of gear in a ditch ( football boots, s...

General Litter Pick

Early morning (8.00am) and 10. 00am litter picks, meeting in Tesco's car-park.

General Litter Pick

8.00am litter pick to avoid traffic, also the usual 10.00am pick. Carried out an early morning litter pick on a major road leading into and out of Tiptree, also litter picked a local country lane, eve...

April Litter Pick

General litter pick of the lanes and woods.

litter picking

Litter picking the following areas:- Grange road. Grove farm road. Heath cross roads.

General Litter Pick

Litter pick surrounding lanes, woods and centre of the village Collected twenty three bags of debris, plus car parts consisting of a BMW wheel complete with suspension and wings from various other veh...

General Litter Pick.

Meeting in Tesco's car-park at 8.00am & 10.00am respectively. Locations of litter pick, Newbridge road, Priory road and finish the top end of Grange road.

October Pick

Litter picking local woods and lanes. If time permits clear stream/lake.

Spring Clean

Meeting in Tesco's car-park at 10.00am for all volunteers. Areas of works will be the Village centre, country lanes and local woodlands.

Litter pick

Litter picking surrounding lanes and woods before nature takes over

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We are not really a group! We are a loose alliance! We started as dog walkers and photographers back in the 70s. I would be walking with our hound and stop to take a picture only to find that foreground rubbish had to be removed. This led to always taking bags for rubbish whenever I went out. For larger items (fly-tips etc) I would move them to a suitable roadside location and call the council who were (and are) very obliging. My “comrades” would do the same. This has been going on ever since (our last dog departed some years ago but the walking and photography continue).

My current (well actually for many years) “bete noire” is bagged dog crap. Twas quite funny, some years ago we had a serial crap flinger - it was everywhere: undergrowth, behind walls, brambles, trees etc. So, one weekend we decided to have a blitz on the stuff. We found about 250 bags in the undergrowth along Leafy Lane, over 100 in one location behind a dry stone wall and so on - a total of around 700 bags altogether. I was walking down my road with a bin bag of bagged dog crap over each shoulder when a neighbour stopped me and asked what I had in the bags! Since that time he and his wife have been inveterate litter pickers. The bagged dog crap problem continues. I have picked up about 30 in various locations over the past couple of weeks (this statement will be approximately true whenever you are reading this!). I used to think that this was just one halfwit on the loose, but it appears that this extraordinary behaviour is common practice. I believe (and I have written to Wilts CC about this) that the socially-acceptable practice of bagging dog crap, binning it and dumping it into landfill is an aberration. We have programmes on TV where ologists of various kinds look at ancient middens to find out how people lived. What will future ologists think of our society?

“Look - they used to wrap up their dog crap and bury it - how weird!”

Talking of weird, an odd incident occurred during my 23 Jan 2012 pick-up. I had a good bin-bag full of rubbish which I was attempting to stuff into the waste bin at Northleaze Mobile Home Park when one of a posse of locals shouted over “Oi - what do you think you’re doing?”. A small exchange ensued during which I explained that this was at least a weekly occurrence and I was tidying-up THEIR environment. But they were having none of it - “You can’t do that”, one said. I should say that this lady did offer to put the rubbish in her own bin but by this time the bin-bag was ripped and taking it out again would have seen the rubbish spilled on the ground. Anyway, their objection seemed to be one of possession - it was their bin! This would be fair enough if the bin was ever used but every time I deposit rubbish in that bin, it is empty (as it was on this occasion). It seems that they want theoretical of the bin without ever using it! Anyway my bin-bag was stuffed into the bin; the bin was emptied by the council the next morning and I stuffed a further bag of rubbish into it later that day. It is odd that no account is taken of rubbish lying in the street but clearance of that same rubbish invokes local disapproval!

Another anecdote - for many years, on Sunday mornings when out walking the dog, I would find an empty bottle of South African white wine (always South African) and an empty (70cl) bottle of vodka tightly knotted into a Tescos plastic bag in the lay-by in White Ennox Lane. What a wild time they must have had and what an interesting drive home.

The bizarre things you find when out collecting rubbish! Today, 25 Nov 2012, it was the “Bath & Wells Diocesan News”, No 264, December 1980 (see pic)! This was by the bus stop at the top of Box Hill. I can imagine the Bishop of Bath & Wells waiting for the bus in his vestments with his mitre and crosier (or is that Catholic bishops?) and unfortunately dropping his News on boarding the bus. One of the News items was the 1980 General Synod at which a major issue would be the ordination of women! Now, thirty-two years on, the Synod has been voting on women bishops. What a slow-moving organisation the C of E is!

By the way, the 20,000 or so bags picked up is an estimate, but probably a conservative one. My weekly pick-up is about 8 bags - 8x52x32(years) is about 13,000. I am, no doubt, doing a great disservice to the rest of the Mob in estimating their input as only 7,000 bags - watch out for the update.

The following table started in 2012, which I will try to update regularly, gives an idea of the scale of the ‘problem’.

1 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, field edge 4+bags+mattress - called Wilts CC
2 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane, woods and playing fields, 5 bags
3 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road, Box Hill Common 3 bags+ fly tip - called Wilts CC
4 Jan 2012: Quarry Hill, 3 bags + bagged dog crap (BDC)
5 Jan 2012: B3109, A4 to Hare & Hounds 5 bags+ BDC (7 bags)
6 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & A4 towards Corsham, 5 bags
7 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, Park Lane, 4 bags+ BDC
8 Jan 2012: A4 towards Box, 2 bags
9 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
12 Jan 2012: Boxfields Road 1 bag+ small fly tip - called Wilts CC
16 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 4 bags
17 Jan 2012: B3109, Skynet Drive, The Carriage Drive, Pound Mead, 7 bags
23 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 3 bags + BDC
24 Jan 2012: B3109 & A4 towards Corsham, 2 bags
28 Jan 2012: Leafy Lane & B3109 from small Fiveways towards Corsham, 1 bag
7 Feb 2012: B3109 and A4 towards Corsham, 1 bag
8 Feb 2012: Leafy Lane and woodland, 2 bags
12 Feb 2012: A4 towards Box, 4 bags
13 Feb 2012: Rudloe Firs and A4 towards Corsham 10 bags (and still stuff remaining)
13 Feb 2012: (later) B3109, 2 bags
21 Feb 2012: B3109, 1 bag
23 Feb 2012: B3109, Leafy Lane, Leafy Lane Playing Fields, 14 bags

Okay, I guess you get the picture so with one month being very much like another I will discontinue the diary. This is a week-on-week, year-on-year occupation. The last pick-up listed above is instructive though - let me elaborate .. Leafy Lane Playing Fields is a 20 acre site at the south-eastern edge of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Its users include football clubs, cricket clubs etc but the principal user is AFC Corsham who do an outstanding job in providing opportunities for young people to play football. AFC Corsham runs 15 teams for youngsters between the ages of around 5 to 15/16. You can imagine therefore the number of youngsters provided for and the scores of parents who ferry their charges back and forth from home to ground and back. All fine BUT it appears that not one of the committee, managers and coaches, parents or others gives a hoot about the enormous piles of litter which are left to accumulate week after week. Rather than an AONB, Leafy Lane Playing Fields resembles a rubbish tip. The Rudloe Mob has an onslaught on the accumulation every couple of months or so. Of the 14 bags collected on 23rd February 2012, 10 came from the playing fields and this was just the tip of the iceberg (see photographs of some of what still remains). The state of the playing fields is, I believe, representative of the state of Britain. A 20-acre site frequented by a community of users who deposit rubbish then cheerfully wander through that same rubbish without giving it a second thought. With regard to litter, whether it is at community or national level, in general “we” couldn’t care less.

In the eighties “that cow” (as described by our local MP at the time, the 6th Earl of Kilmorey or Sir Richard Needham) appointed Richard Branson as the uncrowned king of litter - see this 2005 Guardian article on the subject https://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/sep/24/comment - but his campaign along with all others, like the long-established Keep Britain Tidy, failed or is failing. It is not good enough to have high-profile personalities, photo-shoots and high-salaried executives with meaningless job descriptions - take a look at the job description for the £40k plus Head of Communications and Marketing at Keep Britain Tidy:

OUTCOMES TO BE DELIVERED
*Implementation and delivery of the five year communications strategy and annual action plan
*Enhanced reputation of Keep Britain Tidy and its sub-brands
*Senior management feel supported through provision of strategic advice and guidance
*New income streams developed, for example, from behaviour change campaigns
*Stakeholders strategically managed and influenced
*Resources managed effectively within budget to meet to customer demand
*Visible leadership to the relevant communications teams as well as across the wider organisation
*Enhanced profile of the organisation with the relevant audiences
*Public membership scheme developed and successfully implemented, when agreed

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