We’re delighted to be back out with some of our groups this week after what feels like a lengthy winter hibernation. The sun shone for our Nature Force group’s first task, litter picking in Knaresborough. Four hours and 12 bags later, the stretch of path between Knaresborough Lido and Calcutt was once again free of takeaway ketchup pots and discarded face masks.

Wakefield Nature Force out litter picking pre Covid

Litter picking has always been an important part of our Nature Force group’s work, helping to improve habitats and making the countryside a more pleasant place to be.

Sally says: “Our members love getting involved in worthwhile projects which help the countryside and litter picking is a tangible way for them to make a real difference in the community. It is great that so many more people have accessed the outdoors during lockdown, but the result of that is more litter than ever in grass verges and woodland.

“What’s great for the environment is also great for our mental and physical health. Being outdoors offers us solace and time to unwind, refresh and refuel, which we all need after such a long period of confinement.”

Zika, a litter hero!

Our Wakefield members are also litter heroes contributing their efforts at outdoors spaces across West Yorkshire. One of our Nature Force members, Zika, has filled an incredible 120 bags, 100 in the last year alone, on his pledge to improve the countryside around where he lives.

All our efforts will count towards the #MillionMileMission pledge in this year’s Great British Spring Clean, taking place 28 May to 13 June, which encourages people to pick up litter in their local area. To read more about the campaign and to get involved visit:

www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean

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