Christine Walker, Litter Picking Coordinator for the Swanland Village Association organises a team of over 40 volunteers, young and young at heart, who participate in weekly litter pickings in the centre of Swanland village.
Last month, as part of the Keep Britain Tidy September Clean, a team of around 20 carried out a village-wide litter pick, which they do twice per year, collecting 14 bags of litter in total from the hedges and verges around the village. One volunteer has also collected, over time, a disappointing 145 cigarette butts.
The clean was made possible thanks to a generous donation of eight new litter picking sets by leading manager and developer of retirement communities, McCarthy and Stone, which has a development in Swanland village – Stapleton Court. This was due to the group needing more litter pickers in accordance with new COVID restrictions, as individuals are no longer able to share equipment or pick in pairs as they would normally to ensure socially distancing.
Christine comments: “The help of our volunteers is integral to keeping the village of Swanland looking clean and tidy and a lovely place to live.
“We are so lucky to have so many members that give up their own free time to help. The donation from McCarthy and Stone comes at a key time for the Association as more equipment is needed to make sure we can still carry out our litter picking whilst being COVID safe.
“It would be such a shame to see our efforts to keep Swanland litter-free reduced in any way, especially as so many more of us are valuing our time outdoors at the moment, and discovering what a joy the countryside can be.”
The litter pickers were presented to the Association by Joanne Harris, Sales Consultant for McCarthy and Stone’s Stapleton Court.
Joanne commented: “I first heard about the Association on the Swanland village noticeboard. I called the telephone number to find out if they needed any support as I appreciate that many groups have been suffering from a lack of donations during COVID-19 and may need some additional help. We’re pleased we could assist Christine and her team of volunteers who do such a great job in the community to the benefit of us all.”
Stapleton Court is a development made up of two-bedroom apartments intelligently designed for easy living for the over 55s. Situated in the heart of Swanland village with all of its amenities on the doorstep, the development offers a comfortable homeowner’s lounge for socialising with new neighbours, as well as elegant and perfectly landscaped gardens. Each apartment also comes with its own patio or balcony.
For more information about Stapleton Court in Swanland, please call 0800 201 4739, or visit www.mccarthyandstone.co.uk/stapleton-court/.