The 5 parishes story
North Hill, Linkinhorne, St. Cleer, Lewannick and St Ive
What started three years ago as an innovative project in one North Cornwall parish has now become a network of five neighbouring parishes, each developing their community group to tackle the problem of littering in Cornwall’s beautiful countryside. The five parishes - North Hill, Linkinhorne, St. Cleer, Lewannick and St. Ive – have received tremendous support from Cornwall Council and show great determination amongst the volunteers to keep their parish roads free of litter.
With their reflective jackets, and armed with litter-pickers, bago-rings (simple devices to hold the bags in which litter is collected) and protective gloves, the volunteers in each parish co-ordinate their picking so that over time all the parish roads are cleared of litter on a regular basis. In North Hill parish you will see the now-familiar roadside signs when a litter-pick has taken place, helping to raise awareness and encourage us all to ‘Say NO to litter!’ The parish also has an impressive list of partners supporting the project, including local businesses, farmers, the school and community groups.
Preventing litter is a big challenge across the county. A clean and litter-free environment is important for communities and for Cornwall – whether for businesses, schools, tourism or leisure, the countryside is a great asset.
These parish groups are showing that community action and involvement can make a difference. Perhaps this network of parish volunteer litter projects working in partnership with the local authority is the way forward for Cornwall, in not only cleaning up our county but also preventing littering in the first place – and to become the cleanest county in England!
Read our latest Parish news report
See Lewannick website: www.lewannick.info/litter
This report was sent to Clean Cornwall Press Officer for general release to the press, November 2010