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Published 6th Sep 2018

hemlington litter pick grows in numbers

A community clean up initiative which was set up only three months ago, has already been hailed a huge success.

The ‘Friends of Hemlington’ working in partnership with the Parkway Shopping Centre and local Charity Cleveland Fire Support Network started the group back in May of this year, to address the growing amount of rubbish, around the Hemlington Lake area; creating not only an eye sore, but a real threat to the local wildlife.

Zoe France, Centre Manager at the Parkway Shopping Centre explains. “Every month since we started our clean up initiative, volunteer numbers have grown. We have been absolutely blown away by the support we have received and the diverse range of backgrounds of those who attend, which include our regular cohort from Churchill’s Facilities Management Team, who provide Housekeeping and Security Services to the Shopping Centre, local Councillors Nicky & Jeanette Walker, most recently we have welcomed The Marton Co-op Funeralcare Group and the Groundworks Charity alongside some local parents who have even brought along their children to help and get involved.

Lucy Russell local mum who supported the recent litterpick commented “We really enjoyed doing the litter pick and I knew it was important to get my children involved with it as well. It was an hour out of our time which was well spent. My kids thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s amazing how much litter people throw on the ground without any concerns. The lake holds a sentimental value to us as it is where we spent a lot of our childhood with our nana that used to live in the area before she passed away”

Gracie, age 6 commented “I loved doing the litter pick because it was fun, exciting and it made me happy. It’s good to pick up litter because it’s helps the earth, and also helps the animals from eating the litter and dying. It makes me feel sad when I see people littering because it can hurt animals. If plastic goes in the sea it can hurt the sea animals.”

Heather Whyman, Chief Executive for Cleveland Fire Support Network (CFSN) added “as a local charity it is a real privilege to be involved with a local initiative supporting our community, many of our volunteers are residents of Hemlington and the surrounding areas. CFSN works in partnership with the Cleveland Fire Brigade and what we have found since launching the ‘Friends of Hemlington Group’ is a real link to issues the emergency services face daily; such as, arson, anti-social behaviour, unauthorised fire setting and fly-tipping. As Zoe has mentioned, there seems to be a real sense of ownership from local residents and we would love to see more local people get involved”.

The group meet for one hour, every third Friday of the month at Hemlington Recreation Centre, we have PPE equipment for volunteers and local residents to use. Volunteers are rewarded for their valuable contribution with hot drinks and cakes, funded for by The Parkway Shopping Centre.

Any organisation or individual wishing to attend, are welcome to turn up on the day, to find out more please email Zoe France



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