The Croxley Green community came together in a big way last week to protect the environment as part of Earth Day.
On Thursday, April 22 there was a host of activities ranging from litter picks, school celebrations, a pre-recorded Earth Day poem and videos from local voices, all in aid of celebrating Croxley’s environment.
These activities were part of a larger project, Green Croxley, which aims to keep Croxley green for years to come bringing together the schools to drum up ideas as to how.
Helen Cox, who helped with launching the project, said the day was a huge success and saw the community come together to tackle environmental issues.
She said: “One of the biggest successes was the litter pick on Earth Day, over 100 people went and got litter picking stuff from the council.
“There were also loads of other people litter picking independently. I drove through the village and saw people of all ages litter picking, there was a really nice community feel.”
The eco activities did not stop there however as the Earth Day poem recorded by students across Croxley was a huge success with over 1,000 people tuning in to watch.
Some of the students who took part in the poem will also be in talks with Croxley Green Parish Council about how they can tackle environmental issues in the village.
Helen said there were a range of different ideas showing promise, one of which was extending the Beryl Bike scheme seen in Watford to the village.
Croxley Green Parish Council councillor Susan Hughes added that behind the litter pick was a powerful message which she hopes will continue to resonate throughout the village.
She said: “Seeing children as young as two litter pick, what a powerful message to send to people.
“You could see people all over the village litter picking and lots of people stopped to thank us.
“It was just the fact that it involved the whole community with kids relaying the message to their parents.”
The council are also planning to introduce a wildflower meadow to the village in the hope to provide an ideal location for bees and other wildlife to thrive.
The hard work of the community didn’t go unrewarded as litter pickers were rewarded with a special Earth Day cookie from The Kitchen.
Linda Anderson, owner, said it was lovely to play a small part in such a big community project.
She said: “I thought it would be nice to give children an incentive and thought it would be fun to do something special, to be honest we were really excited to be a part of it.
“It was lovely because we got to talk to the children about their litter picking, it was just such a great community effort to be part of, although we were a small part we felt part of something bigger.”
Check out Earth Day videos created by the community here.