B26 has always been an advocate of keeping our community free of rubbish, especially our parks where people go for their leisure. With this in mind, and also being a member of our local country park friends group. I stepped out on Sunday morning to join the group at the copse by Barrows Lane and Coventry Road to help with a litter pick. I would also be reporting for B26.
As I arrived just after the start up time of 11.00am. The group had already got their pickers and plastic bags and were really getting stuck in. It was amazing how many plastic bottles, wine bottles, drinks cans and anything you can think of was lying on the grass verge inside the perimeter fence of the A45, or bedding in the brambles of the coppice.
After the volunteers had been working for about a couple of hours and had collected 40-bags of rubbish, I was keen to talk to the Chairman of the friends group Arthur Tamlyn. I started by asking Arthur how the day went. ‘Yes, I’m very pleased eight of the friends group turned up for the Great British Spring Clean, a couple of volunteers, which included Councillor Paul Tilsley. We have got quite a lot of rubbish out of the coppice, including some heavy duty metal including a TV and bits and bobs’. I asked Arthur if he was disappointed about the turnout from local volunteers, although eight of his committee had turned up, especially as it was very well advertised on B26, Facebook and Twitter? ‘Yes, it is a bit disappointing, but two volunteers have turned up including Paul Tilsley. It was also advertised on Great British Spring Clean website. There is a lot of passers by saying we are doing a great job, but they don’t stop and help. Whether it’s the climate we are in now, not being our problem to pick up the litter’.
After speaking to the Chairman of F.O.S.C.P. I wanted to grab a word with Councillor Tilsley, so I asked him how he felt the litter pick went? ‘Well, it’s been successful, we’ve moved an awful lot of rubbish. I seem to have over a dozen bottles which I have collected, it just shows what can be done with community activity in clearing things up. This copse here they say, is the last of the ancient Forest of Arden. Howard Selyn’s brother Graham, always used to say that it was part of that. But together as a community we can achieve a lot’. I wanted to ask Paul the same question I had asked Arthur, whether with all the publicity on social media, he was disappointed on the amount of volunteers who turned up for this spring clean? ‘…..Lets hope that people will take notice of what we have done today and all come together for the future two events, I hope the Birmingham Post are going to publish a letter of Thursday, which identifies their precious Business Editor who I see quite regular picking up litter in Wakegreen Road. But it shows there are people in the community who take an interest. And you know, if you are walking along the road and see a bit of litter, pick it up, put it in a bin. I walk my dog, or I should say he walks me, but if I see something, I put it in the bin, and I think if everybody done that, Birmingham would be a cleaner place’.
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Comments from the Editor: I have to be perfectly honest, I was most impressed with the fantastic job these volunteers did on Sunday collecting 40-bags of rubbish from this coppice. Also the eight members from the Friends Of Sheldon Country Park committee and the two other volunteers, a colleague of Arthur’s, and last but not least, the local Councillor from Sheldon, Councillor Paul Tilsley. However, I’m very disappointed that more volunteers from the local community that use the country park by the thousands, could not give up at least 1-hour of their free time to support this Great British Spring Clean Up of our parks. It’s all very well giving kind words of praise as they pass you buy whilst the volunteers pick up the plastic bottles, discarded food trays. drinks cans and everything else people throw down, I’m sure they would rather have had a little bit of help. Lol Thurstan. Editor & Publisher of B26