24- September 2018 - Somerset Wildlife Trust is proud to launch a new initiative for Taunton that aims to work together with local businesses, community groups, schools and residents to clean up the town for both people and wildlife, ensuring our green spaces and waterways are attractive and healthy places for everyone to enjoy, and help our urban wildlife to survive and thrive.
The #BigTauntonLitterPick will take place on Tuesday 13th November and, whilst the Trust will be running its own kick-off river–based litter pick event on the day, it is now urging others to come together and run their own events on the same day so it can become a firm annual event in Taunton Garden Town’s calendar.
So whether you are a school, business, community group or individual, the Trust would like you to organise a litter pick in your area and then tell them about it. The Trust will then promote all of the litter picks on a dedicated web page to drive as many people into action on the day as possible. Those taking part can raise awareness of their events by using the hashtag #BigTauntonLitterPick
For people unable to help at one of the organised cleans, it will also be promoting a #2minutestreetclean so that everyone can get involved in a small way on their own patch whether in their park, school, workplace or street as small actions all add up and can have a huge positive effect for the town.
Jolyon Chesworth, the Trust’s Nature & Wellbeing Manager explains why Taunton needs an extra boost to solve the problem:
“Taunton has recently been awarded Garden Town status, but like many urban areas we have a huge problem with litter, particularly in our green spaces and the numerous waterways that flow through the town. It’s not just how litter looks – it has an impact on the quality of our streams and rivers and on the urban wildlife that also makes its home in our town. It’s a sorry sight to watch a brood of ducklings swimming around discarded plastic bottles or shopping trolleys in the river, and depressing to think of our favourite city mammals ingesting or getting entangled in some of the things we carelessly discard. As the litter in our rivers and canals will often reach our beaches what we do in our town has a real impact on our ability to support wider efforts to reduce marine plastics.”
Working with a volunteer group from Viridor Waste Management and Inland Waterways, and with the help of Channel Adventure and Coach, the Trust will be taking to Canadian canoes at French Weir to collect as much plastic from the river as possible. What will you do on 13th November?
Please contact Olivia Dullaghan at Somerset Wildlife Trust to find out how to get involved . 01823 652 407
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About Somerset Wildlife Trust – www.somersetwildlife.org
Somerset’s wildlife is part of what makes living, working and visiting the county so special. Somerset Wildlife Trust has been protecting vulnerable wildlife and preserving Somerset’s wild places for over 50 years and, with over 18,000 members, is the largest conservation charity in the county. Alongside our members and volunteers we work year round to protect wildlife, transform landscapes and put nature back into people’s lives.
Our reserves holding of over 1,700 hectares incorporates a diverse range of habitats from wetlands to woodlands, grasslands and meadows, and provide secure environments for a diverse range of wildlife such as Dormice, Otters, Hedgehogs, Barn Owls and many other species - as well as providing safe havens for some of Somerset’s most iconic species such as Bittern and Large Blue butterfly. These habitats also connect green spaces across the county so wildlife can travel, and are the bedrock upon which we are able to deliver key conservation programmes across the year.
The majority of our work is made possible through the support of our members and people who live and work in the county who choose to make donations, fundraise for us or leave generous legacies. By working together with our members and supporters we really can make a difference.