To celebrate Love Parks Week (23 July – 1 August), Wakefield Council are launching a new ‘Litter Pick Me Up Park’ pilot scheme in Thornes Park in Wakefield, to encourage people to stop dropping litter.
On Wednesday 28 July, new signage, ‘fun bins’ and litter picking stations will be unveiled in the park, supported by live music from Back Chat Brass who helped to launch the now award-winning ‘Litter Pick Me Up’ campaign two years ago. There will also be personal appearances by one of the original litter pickers – Orinoco from The Wombles.
The new bins will carry campaign branding, with the fun bins including a goal mouth net to encourage children to dispose of litter properly near the play area and ice cream van.
The litter picking stations will be part storage/part bin, with a container at the back to house litter picking equipment (litter pickers, bin bags, high vis vests, gloves, hand sanitiser) that can be borrowed and used within the park.
Instructions will be provided and CHaT volunteers will have access and be able to advise members of the public on how to use them.
Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We want to encourage as many people as possible, of all ages, to get involved in the ‘Litter Pick Me Up Park’ scheme, get the feel good factor and help to tackle litter.
“We have such an amazing district with fantastic volunteers who help to keep our parks, green spaces and other areas looking clean and tidy and now is the perfect time to join them, by starting your own #LitterPickMeUp at Thornes Park, where the Council are providing free litter picking equipment.
“If we all come together to tackle the issue of litter, it will make a really big difference so that our communities can enjoy our wonderful parks and green spaces and nature can thrive.”
The Council’s vision for parks is about creating spaces that are central to the health and wellbeing of communities and nature.
One of the actions to provide high quality, well maintained parks and public open spaces is the reduction of litter and throughout the school holidays, residents will be encouraged to enjoy all that Wakefield has to offer from its parks and green spaces, whilst taking personal responsibility for litter.
People are invited to enjoy live music from Back Chat Brass around Thornes Park between 10.30am – 12.30pm on Wednesday 28 July starting near the tennis courts. Please check the Council’s social media for additional timings at @MyWakefield.
Residents, schools, community groups and businesses are invited to get involved and organise their own local #LitterPickMeUp. They should visit the Council’s dedicated web page at bit.ly/LitterPickMeUp to find out more, or to request free litter picking equipment or arrange collection of filled bags afterwards.