A litter picking group has issued a thank you for the hard work of all its volunteers, and a plea for others to join the fight.
Harrow Litter Pickers (HLP) are tireless in their desire to keep the streets of Pinner clean. In 2022, they hosted 186 different events, starting with a “massive clean-up” in Rayners Lane and finishing with a monumental effort at Cuckoo Hill in December.
Volunteer Casey Dalton was glowing about the work of the whole team.
She said: “That’s what I love about this group, the willingness to get out there and make change happen.
“These events are great and they help to tackle areas that are particularly neglected, but even more important is the large community of people in this group who regularly clean their own street or local park, people who pick up a few bits of rubbish while walking their dog or dropping their children to school. People are just living their daily life and caring about where they live a little more.
“As we inevitably encounter more of the same in 2023, sometimes this issue can feel unsolvable. Please know that all these little efforts add up to something very special, and caring about where you live influences others to do the same.”
Over the course of the year, HLP collected more than 11,000 bags worth of rubbish, with volunteers donating more than 5,000 hours of their time.
Casey said: “What we hope is that the totals demonstrate the scale of the problem we face, but also give hope that the community is not powerless to create change.”
HLP are always on the lookout for more volunteers. There are no time commitments, and people are encouraged to do as much or as little as suits them.
If you are interested in joining, contact the group via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or search ‘Harrow Litter Pickers’ on Facebook.