Despite heavy rain leading up to the event, a dozen stalwart people turned out to help the first organised Mountfield Village clean-up/uplift on Saturday 19th October.
After gathering at the hall, they were kitted out with specialist equipment, before being shipped out to various pre-planned routes around the village. Each group litter picked their way back to the hall, where a hearty reward of hot food and drinks had been laid on for them. Remarkably for such a small village, over 110kg (250lb in old money!) was collected – and more remarkably was the contents……dirty nappies, fast food containers (that must have Costa lot) enough parts to build a car and a sea of urine contained and discarded in plastic bottles. We all eat, drink and have urgent needs whilst on the go but #PleaseTakeYourLitter Home.
This event was the first, supported by a grant from Rother District Council, led by members of Mountfield Parish Council and a teenage Duke of Edinburgh Volunteer, initiated to get the Community thinking about their neighbourhood and how they would like it to look, including sustainable planting and verge maintenance plans for the future. We are hoping that this might include families with children in the future as these are the generation that can grow and learn to make a more positive difference. Thanks to Battle Area Community Transport who provided bus and driver to get the happy pickers to their start points and to Mountfield Parish Council Clerk, Irene, for the yummy buffet afterwards and an amazing well done to the intrepid (and muddy!) volunteers…and if the owner of the matching black lacey bra and knickers would like to come forward to collect, we are holding the items…but not for long!