Archive for the ‘Litter’ Category

Spring clean

March 2, 2019

The annual Spring litter pick by the Village Trust was carried out this morning. Thank you to the nine members who volunteered their time. The village is looking much tidier. Lets try and keep it that way. Only 10 bags collected this year compared to 20 in April 2018.

Litter picked

March 24, 2018

Thank you to the 15 Trust members who collected 20 bags of litter this morning, during our annual Spring litter pick in the village.

Litter pick success

April 9, 2017

On Saturday morning 15 members of the Trust, together with our local county councillors, picked up litter from the village centre and along the main roads radiating outwards. Thank you to all those who volunteered. The village looks a lot tidier now.

Pansies and litter

October 19, 2016

Last Saturday our volunteers planted the winter bedding in the Trust’s tubs and planters.

This year we have planted multi coloured pansies instead of violas, which were not as successful as in previous years. Tete a Tete daffodils, iris and tulip bulbs have been planted too. The County Council will be planting up the barrier baskets to match.

If you would like to help tidy up the village, there is to be a litter pick and sweep up on the morning of Saturday 29th October. We are meeting in the car park next to the Golden Flower at 9.30am. Litter pickers, bags and hi-viz vests will be provided. Bring your own gloves and tools to cut down weeds and sweep paths.

25 Bags of Litter

March 19, 2016

This morning 17 volunteers collected 25 bags of litter in & around Shotley Bridge.

Thank you to all those who helped to make the village cleaner.

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Big Spring Clean tomorrow

March 18, 2016

This year the Shotley Bridge annual spring litter pick, organised by the Trust, is being held on Saturday 19 March

Big Spring Clean 2016

Volunteers to meet at the Golden Flower car park in the village centre at 9.30am.

Gloves, bags, pickers and hi-viz vests will be provided, if you don’t have them.

Blooming report

October 25, 2015

Over thirty members of the Trust attended the recent Open Meeting, at which a report was given about the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom this year.

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Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our bid for ‘Gold’, being just 4 marks [out of 200] short of attaining the top award in the competition, but we managed to achieve our highest score ever and another ‘Silver Gilt’, for the third consecutive year.

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Disappointed that the extra improvements and  volunteer effort this year had only resulted in achieving another ‘Silver Gilt’, it was announced that the ‘Blooming’ committee had decided not to enter the competition in 2016.  It was emphasised, though, that the high standard of planting in the tubs, baskets, troughs and sustainable beds throughout the conservation area would be continued by volunteers next year, but without the extra work behind the scenes needed to impress judges. Hopefully the local businesses will continue with their own floral displays too, to keep Sholey Bridge ‘Blooming’.

The slideshow presentation given at the meeting was taken from the photographs in the Portfolio, which had been presented to the judges when they visited in July …

Blooming ready

June 4, 2015

The Trust has started preparations for the Northumbria in Bloom summer judging in 7 weeks time.  The  judges will be visiting on the morning of 20 July.

50 tubs have been emptied and topped up with compost ready for planting up with summer bedding, by volunteers on Saturday morning and weeds near them have been sprayed. As an experiment, 6 of the tubs are being planted with sustainable plants that will not need to be removed twice a year.  Although £100 has been allocated for this, it should save money in the long term. The Trust spends up to £500 a year on summer bedding and a similar amount on winter bedding and bulbs, as residents tell us that they prefer colourful displays. The bulbs are replanted in open spaces in the autumn.

Keeping the area free of leaves, road grit, dog dirt and litter are important judging criteria.  Please help our volunteers by putting dog pooh bags and litter in the bins provided. Cigarette ends are a particular problem in the village centre, particularly outside pubs and restaurants, even though businesses provide outside bins for their customers.

Many smokers do not realise that throwing away a cigarette end is a littering offence. The County Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens are issuing fines to people doing this in a public place, as it is an offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Anyone dropping litter can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £80. Thirteen people who did not pay their fines for dropping cigarette ends in County Durham were taken to Court yesterday.

More information about your local Neighbourhood Warden Team is available on the County Council website.

Big Spring Clean

March 17, 2015

This year the Trust has arranged its annual litter pick on Saturday 21st March, to coincide with ‘Community Clear Up Day’, a national initiative by the Keep Britain Tidy organisation.  We will also be helping to support the Litter Free Durham Initiative.

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If you can spare an hour or two, meet at the Golden Flower car park at 9.30am and bring gloves.  Bags, pickers and tabards will be provided, if you don’t have them.

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Judges tour

July 22, 2014

Yesterday, two judges from Northumbria in Bloom were escorted around the village by members of the ‘Blooming’ committee.

They seemed impressed with what they were shown during the 2 hour walkabout.  But we won’t know until September how well we did.

Thank you to all the businesses, residents, school and volunteers for putting on such a good show.

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Litter pick thank you

April 6, 2014

On Saturday morning 11 members of the village trust managed to collect over 20 bags of litter from the village’s streets and open spaces.  Thank you for taking time out of your weekend.

Thank you also to all the pupils at Shotley Bridge Junior School who collected litter from the school grounds and adjoining play park, before their Easter holidays.

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Poster competition

April 4, 2014

150 pupils from Shotley Bridge Junior School were invited by the village trust to take part in an environmental poster competition again this year.  Easter eggs were awarded this morning, by Sue Shaw from ‘Blooming Shotley Bridge’, to the winners of each year group.

 

Big Spring Clean

March 31, 2014

The Trust’s annual litter pick will take place this Saturday morning 5th April.

Volunteers will be meeting between 9.00 and 9.30 in the car park next to the Golden Flower.  Litter pickers, gloves, hi-viz vests and sacs will be provided.

If you would like to help tidy up the local area but cannot make this Saturday, consider taking a plastic bag and gloves when you go out for a walk or keep the area near your home litter free.

 

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Shotley Bridge in Bloom

July 18, 2013

Today, judges walked around the conservation area to score our entry in the 2013 Northumbria in Bloom competition.  80% of the total marks will be awarded following their visit [20% were awarded at their spring visit].

Scores are given in three sections with five categories in each:

Horticultural Achievement – 40% [impact, horticultural practice, residential and community gardening, business areas and premises,  green spaces];

Environmental Responsibility – 20% [conservation and biodiversity, resource management,local heritage, local environmental quality,  pride of place];

Community Participation – 20% [development and continuity, communication and education, community participation, year round involvement,  funding and support].

The points awarded and the level of award will not be known until the presentation event in September.  Hopefully we will achieve a ‘Silver Gilt’ this year.

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A tidy village

April 7, 2013

Thank you to the twenty five volunteers who turned out on a sunny morning yesterday, to pick up litter within the Conservation Area and sweep the paths in the village centre. The photos show some of the volunteers and bags of rubbish that were collected.

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The dog fouling is quite bad this year – it may only be a couple of dog owners who are not picking up after their dog but the mess it creates when people walk in it stays around until the next heavy rain.  Please report any that you see to the local authority, telephone 03000261000, particularly if you know the date and time it happened so that the Neighbourhood Wardens can try to catch and fine the culprits.

Keep Britain Tidy

April 2, 2013

Each year, Keep Britain Tidy identifies the companies whose products are littered most. From fast food containers to drink cans and sweets wrappers, they count the brands that create the most litter…on streets, in parks or beside water. They call it “England’s Great Litter Count’.

They release the results to the media. And because litter affects so many people, they usually list the companies whose products litter the most.

This year, for the first time, ordinary people were invited to take part, during the first two weeks of February. Look at the results for the North East.

It will be interesting to compare the litter which is to be collected in Shotley Bridge this coming Saturday!

If you can spare a couple of hours … we are meeting at the car park next to the Golden Flower takeaway at 9.30am

Judging complete

July 4, 2012

Today, Eddie & Albert came to judge the Trust’s entry in Northumbria in Bloom, which is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Campaign.

During the hour long presentation the Blooming Shotley Bridge Steering Group showed the judges around the village.  A 15 page portfolio had also been prepared which covered all the judging criteria. Only 50% of the marks are now given for Horticultural Achievement, with 25% awarded for both Environmental Responsibility and Community Participation. The results of the competition will not be announced until September 11th.

The judges were asked to choose the best 3 Front Gardens from the Steering Group’s shortlist of 10, in the Trust’s Front Garden Awards.  The results and prizes for these will be presented at the next open meeting.

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Spring judging

April 26, 2012

Two judges from ‘Northumbria in Bloom’ toured the village for an hour this afternoon, to assess the Trust’s entry in the A2 villages section of this year’s RHS ‘Britain in Bloom’ campaign.

25% of the marks will be awarded from this first visit, with the remainder following the summer visit on 4th July.

Horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility and community participation are the three themes which will be judged.  ‘Britain in Bloom’ is no longer just about ‘pretty flower displays’.

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‘The Snods’ Annual Litter Pick

April 7, 2012

Shotley Low Quarter Parish Council are organising their “Annual Litter Pick” on Saturday 14th April, starting at 9.30 a.m. from St John’s Parish Hall.  They “trawl” the main B6278 through Snods Edge and the local roads leading off this main road.

All equipment such as pickers, hi-viz tabards, gloves & bags etc. are supplied (and usually a cup of something!).   (All the rubbish bags are collected by a trailer, brought to the Hall, and then Northumberland County Council collect & remove the the next working day).

It is a worthwhile event to help keep the local countryside free of litter.  If you can spare a couple of hours you will be welcome.

Litter pick results

April 1, 2012

This weekend, 40 bags of rubbish were collected by 15 volunteers from the Village Trust.

All the litter that could be seen from highways approaching the village [as well as within the village itself] including the Derwent Walk, verges, public open space and private land was picked up.  7 bags of litter was collected along the A694, between the Shotley Bridge and East Law.  Most of it being food and drink containers thrown out of vehicles from takeaways, off licences and supermarkets.

We shall need to tidy up the village centre again just before the Spring judging for our entry in Northumbria in Bloom takes place on Thursday 26th April.

Two years ago we picked up 25 bags, but with fewer volunteers we did not reach as far out from the centre of the village.

We are having another litter pick on 9th June, prior to the Olympic torch arriving on the 16th.

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