At first glance Longbridges Nature Park and Iffley Meadows don't look too badly afflicted by litter, but once you know where to look there is (sadly) plenty of trash to be found.
Our 22 GoodGymmers, plus GoodGym mascot Peggy, divided into 4 teams to clean up different areas of the nature park. 2 teams worked on the banks where people throw litter into Longbridges Nature Park from the main road above, 1 team took to the footpaths of the park ferretting out the trash left behind after picnics and barbeques, and the last team skirted the edge of Iffley Meadows dicing with barbed wire and brambles to reach elusive cans and crisp packets.
As a team we collected 18 sacks of litter and got very close to the full house on GoodGym litter pick bingo: hub caps, masks, cans, bottles, carpet, takeaway containers, moss-covered underwear, socks and gloves all featured.
Excellent work team - hope you've dried out and warmed up now!
Thank you to Michael from Oxford City Council for meeting us to take the litter away for disposal.
Come and join us as we tackle the litter in one of the favourite picnic and bonfire spots beside the Thames in Oxford.
As well as being an eyesore and dangerous to wildlife, the litter accumulating in this area easily washes onto the waterways, so the Longbridges Nature Park has been identified by Oxford City Council as a high priority area for clearing litter. We'll do our best to get it into a good state before the May bank holiday weekend.
We will divide into groups to plog along nearby stretches of the Thames Path, clean up Longbridges Nature Park, litter pick parts of Donnington Bridge Road, and possibly also do a litter sweep around Iffley Meadows.
Litter pickers and bin bags will be provided. Someone from the City Council's green spaces team will meet us to collect the full bags at the end of our session.
6pm at The Richard Benson Hall on Cowley Road if you would like to jog the 1 mile over to the litter pick. OR 6:15pm inside the vehicle gate into Longbridges Nature Park on Donnington Bridge Road west of Donnington Bridge.