Our UK Road Trip Day Three: Manchester

One day three of our UK road trip with DXC and DEFRA, we headed to Drinkwater Park in Manchester.

21 volunteers gathered ready to litter pick despite the light rain. Words cannot express how hard these volunteers worked to clear up Drinkwater Park. At first the trails looked fairly litter free, but our volunteers dove head first into the bushes to find the rubbish waiting there.

On every clean we find some unusual things. We might find a few weird things here and there, but on this clean we discovered a whole list of unexpected items, including:

  • A 12 foot trampoline
  • A travel cot
  • 2 scooters
  • A massive discarded sign
  • CDs
  • A golf trolley
  • A pirate sign
  • Power tools – including an angle grinder, a mini chainsaw, and a hedger cutter.
  • A sink

Over two and a half hours, the volunteers had collected bag after bag of litter, dragging items out of the hedges and ponds. We were shocked when we arrived at the end of the clean to see a mountain of collected rubbish.

A staggering 303.36 kilos were collected. That is more than double the amount we have ever collected during a single clean. Yet again, the DXC and DEFRA staff had a record breaking litter pick!

Volunteers competed to collect the strangest item, and the heaviest bag. The winners received our reusable, insulated water bottles, as well as some of our carbon neutral t-shirts.

All of this effort is to raise awareness about litter and plastic pollution across the country. More importantly though, we are raising money to help the wonderful Hannah purchase an Innowalk. This piece of equipment will allow her to walk and move whilst being fully supported. You can learn more about her amazing story, and how you can donate here.

Keep an eye on our blog for more updates as we travel around the UK this week!


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