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February litter pick

Eight of us took part in the February litter pick. Because of our numbers we were able to disperse widely and pick up rubbish from places including the churchyard, Bull Ring, the Gaskell field and children’s playground, Bridge Road, Southfield Road and Farley Road.Feb 17 litter pick 2 A big pile of full bags was the result of our efforts. The reward for our efforts, as it has been these past several months, was a refreshing free cuppa from Jo and Sue at Tea On The Square – very welcome on a cold morning!Tea On The Square

The next litter pick will be held at 10:00am on Friday 10th March. All are welcome – meet in The Square in Much Wenlock. Further details are available from me or from Julian Walker 01952 728082 or We’re very willing to have a blitz on other areas outside the town – if you know of any litter black spots, please let us know.
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Litter pick in Much Wenlock

On Friday five of us set off from The Square armed with bags and pickers to find more litter around the town. Farley Road, as ever, yielded most but the usual selection of discarded bottles, cans and packets from around the town swelled the bags which Shropshire Council provides.


Unusually for our tidy-ups, it would be possible to identify the culprit of one bit of detritus that was found this week – a vehicle number plate that seems to have become detached from a 2011-registered Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van. I suspect that the owner didn’t drop it at the side of the road – it’s most likely to have come loose unintentionally.


The next litter pick will be held on Monday 5th December, starting at The Square at about 10:15am. We’re holding this, unusually, on a Monday because it’s immediately following the Christmas Fair. The organisers always arrange a tidy-up after the Fair has cleared away but we expect to be able to carry out a second “sweep” to good effect. If you’d like to join us, just turn up as arranged. Hi-viz jackets and pickers are provided but, if you have your own, bring them along and wear a pair of gardening gloves. Sue and Jo at Tea On The Square kindly provide us with a complimentary cuppa to reward our efforts when we finish.

Litter pick in Much Wenlock

Today four of us gathered to go litter picking along Bridgnorth Road and Farley Road which is usually where most of the litter is found. We also covered Barrow Street, Hunters Gate, Swan Meadow and Walton Hills where, unsurprisingly, there wasn’t much to collect. One of the enjoyable aspects of this walk around our streets is chatting to folk, who are appreciative of our efforts.


Nonetheless, as well as the usual bottles, cans and packets, we collected a couple of hub caps and a piece of red bodywork which looked as though it belonged to a tractor or similar. We left our collected rubbish in St Mary’s Lane car park where it will be picked up, as arranged, by Shropshire Council.P1040555

The lovely folk at Tea On The Square provided a complimentary cuppa to thank us for our efforts afterwards. If you’d like to join us in our next session it will be held on Friday 18th November. Just turn up in The Square at 10:00am.

Litter pick in Much Wenlock

We held the first litter pick following the summer break today. We had our largest turnout so far, including the mayor, Cllr Bert Harper.


Farley Road, Stretton Road, Victoria Road and Bridgnorth Road yielded many bottles, cans and packets and we covered lots of other roads, the car parks and the churchyard. As you can see from this photo of some of the bags, the volume justified us making a big effort to keep the town tidy.


Our efforts were rewarded with a cuppa provided by the lovely folk at Tea On The Square. The next litter pick will be held on Friday 21st October at 10:00am. All are welcome – meet in The Square in Much Wenlock. Further details are available from me or from our very capable organiser, Julian Walker 01952 728082 or We’re very willing to have a blitz on other areas outside the town – if you know of any litter black spots, please let us know.


Under the leadership of local resident, Julian Walker, we carried out a further litter pick today around Much Wenlock.

Starting in the churchyard, we went down the Bull Ring, up towards Station Road and out along Farley Road as far as Shadwell Quarry. Returning across the bottom of Windmill Hill, we picked a lot of litter out of the hedge along the Linden Walk bounding the Gaskell Recreation Ground. In a separate foray,  rubbish was collected in and around the English Heritage car park at Wenlock Priory.

The product of two hours' litter picking

Town Cllr Bert Harper, Julian Walker and Cllr David Turner

Shropshire Council will come out to collect the rubbish – which included a vacuum cleaner, a roadworks sign, a chair frame, a squashed hedgehog and a sheared bolt from a lorry wheel.

A further litter picked will be scheduled for June. In the meantime the Town Council has confirmed its support for this initiative and will be asked to create a budget for more grabs and hi-vis vests at its May meeting.


You may be aware that I led a small team around Much Wenlock on 5th March to “Clean For The Queen”. We were expecting to collect quite a lot of rubbish, but were surprised at the volume that was lying in hedgerows, on grass verges and on the church green. Whilst most of the litter comprised cans, bottles and packets we also found various car parts, a dog bowl and a fresh egg! Someone has a wayward hen…

Those streets that we cleaned now look much better for the benefit of us as residents, and also to encourage and impress visitors whose presence we all welcome.

A number of folk have expressed an interest in becoming involved in regular litter picks around the town’s streets and further afield in the other communities in my electoral division. I’m very grateful to Much Wenlock resident Julian Walker, who has offered to organise litter picks around the town, and he can be contacted by email at Julian’s ‘phone number is 01952 728082. I’m going try to source bags and grabs etc. If folk in the other communities around Much Wenlock would like to get involved, I’ll do my best to help out.


Clean For The Queen – update

Saturday 5th March saw us embark on a well-heralded litter-picking exercise in Much Wenlock. A team started from The Square and, meanwhile, a troop of Girl Guides cleaned the town Art Trail. We found bottles, cans and wrappers in the hedges and on the verges as we walked around Wenlock. We even discovered an intact hen’s egg on the verge of Racecourse Lane..!


An astonishing quantity of rubbish was found on the verge outside Shadwell Quarry on the A4169 and the clean-up exercise in this location had to be terminated when the collection bags became too heavy to carry safely. I have reported this to Shropshire Council’s Street Scene team for further attention.

Thanks to the volunteers and to Much Wenlock Town Council who endorsed the exercise and provided insurance cover – “only for those under 80 years of age”! It was gratifying to be stopped in the street by local residents who appreciated the pride of place shown by volunteers. I still have a few official bags, together with my hi-viz vests and litter grabbers, if anyone wants to make another litter-picking foray locally at any time. Just let me know.


Clean for the Queen


Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated in June 2016.

I intend to lead a group of local residents this Saturday morning (5th March) in Much Wenlock to do a litter pick and general tidy-up in support of this campaign. Also on Saturday, Much Wenlock Guides are going to clean the town art trail which marks the community’s links to the Olympic movement.

When The Queen came to the throne, litter was not the problem that it is today. Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride. What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?1-IMG_9355

I’m leading a group from The Square in Much Wenlock at 9:00am. All are welcome and, as ever, I can be contacted any time – details top right.

The campaign is led by Country Life and supported by Keep Britain Tidy and Garfield Weston Foundation. Further details can be found on the website:


David Turner

Woodhouse Farm
Much Wenlock
TF13 6NZ

01952 728802
Shropshire Council
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