This is one of the easiest ways you can support us. Of course, we would prefer not to have to pick up litter and we urge people to use the bins around the park. As well as being an eyesore, litter is potentially dangerous to children, dogs and wildlife and it can contaminate the soil and water if left lying around.
Many of our helpers incorporate litter picking into one of their daily walks. Since starting litter picking in December 2020, many park visitors have told us that the park is now much tidier but unfortunately, despite the fantastic work our volunteers have been doing, there will always be a need actively keep it tidy.
We have an arrangement with Rushmoor Borough Council so we can provide the necessary litter pickers, hoops and bags. This allows litter to be picked up safely without touching it and ensures that the bags are promptly collected by the council. We can also supply you with a high-visibility jacket, complete with Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park logo, so that everyone knows you are working with the necessary approval.
If you’d like to help out, please get in touch.
Our volunteers have collected 187 bags of litter since December 2020. The graph below shows how many bags have been collected and is updated monthly.
Bags of Litter Collected in Queen Elizabeth Park by Our Litter Pickers
In addition to bottles, cans, food wrappers and plastic bags, our volunteers have found an extraordinary range of items including shoes, car seats, a fire extinguisher and two bags of gold jewellery. Luckily, the police were able successfully reunite the jewellery with the rightful owners who had been victims of a recent burglary.
Our thanks to Serco for providing the litter grabbers and rubbish bags.