Holyport Litterati – how it started!

by Gill Hudson

A woman came up to me at a village hall meeting and said: “I recognise you. I keep seeing you picking litter up along the footpath leading down to the shops. I’m glad I’m not the only one who does that. What a mess some people leave.” June and I obviously bonded immediately! “I really want to do something about this”, I replied. “What do you think about organising a monthly litter pick?” Later that afternoon June emailed me. She’d come up with a brilliant name: Holyport Litterati. It was just the start we needed.

Our first monthly session was in February this year [2018], with a turnout of around 15. The local paper came along to mark the event and we collected over a dozen bags of rubbish along just a couple of stretches of road and a footpath. We were all appalled! Since then, however, the amount of litter we find each month has dropped off quite noticeably – partly because the less litter is visible, the less likely people are to drop any; and partly because we’re all much more motivated to keep picking up litter individually between litter picks because we know that others are doing it too!

We now have around 30 regulars we can call on. RBWM provided some litter-pickers and protective gloves to get us started. We also got some funding from the Maidenhead Lions to pay for extra litter picking kit.
Our next step is to get local schools on board and encourage them to “adopt” a street and help keep it litter free.

Fancy starting a group in your area? Please contact us via email, just click here!

The Holyport Litterati meet on the first Sunday of every month at 11am by the war memorial on the Green.

REUSE as well as Recycle

by R Millns

I am a great hoarder. I cannot help it. I am so pleased that it is also environmental not to constantly throw things out, only to go and buy more… phew!

A friend and I were chatting about just this and before we knew it, we started to compare notes on who had used up odds and ends in the most innovative manner. I am sorry to say I lost too easily. Here are two great examples of how my friend Donna reuses or upcycles items she has at home:

Can you believe this gorgeous birthday present has been wrapped in left over wallpaper?

I was astounded that this funky photo frame started life as an aluminium drinks can; upcycling at its best. She makes them in sets of three… designers love the number three!

Now, these items have a new use and can still be recycled afterwards.

We are trying to encourage Donna to run an upcycling workshop, we’ll let you know when it happens.

Remember, if you have any ideas, we would love to hear them, just email us!

What can you recycle?

by R Millns

If you live in Maidenhead then you have been recycling for a very long time. We started off with the purple boxes and then moved on to the blue bins. And what started with just paper and glass has grown to include almost everything – nice and clean items – love it!

However, every now and then I have to check I am not putting things I should not into the bin. I usually keep my handy card from the council on the fridge – or in the drawer – unless someone ‘helpfully’ recycles it for me!

In case you have lost yours or you live with overeager recyclers (I don’t think that is a word), here are some photos.

                    

 

Alternative to Cling Film

by R Millns

Plastic has become ubiquitous. It has become such an integral part of modern society but is it a necessary evil? We have been looking into packaging and the manufacturing process, which is important and we are making steps in this direction.

However, the daily photographs and news stories of our rubbish being swept down our rivers and out to the sea and then washing ashore makes most of us want to take more immediate action. We often take a moment in our regular meetings to share tips with each other, from taking our Tupperware to the butchers or the latest alternative to plastic. At the last meeting Mazz brought along a great alternative to cling film. These handy, reusable lids are BPA food grade silicone and come in a range of sizes to cover most standard bowls. They can even be used directly over fresh items, like melons.

This is just one way in which we can make a difference to the environment and reduce the amount of cling film going to land fill. If you know of any more, we would love to help from you, just email us.

Silicon lids for food

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Watering Trees

by R Millns

We have had a glorious hot summer and whilst my grass is looking the worst for wear, the trees and shrubs have muddled along with the small amount of rain we have had. Younger trees would not have fared so well, which is why some like minded souls filled up some makeshift watering cans and paid a visit to the very young trees that were planted not far from the town centre. On one occasion, in July, we were photographed for the Maidenhead Advertiser, although the photographers were not always there. In the photograph below, Donna travelled down with four large watering cans and a big, tin dog bath filled up with water. That is dedication!