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Westbury Spring Clean

SusWoT have picked up quite a lot of litter in the last year

From 22 March until 23 April Keep Britain Tidy are organising The Great British Spring Clean. SusWoT are going to have eight litter picking events over four weekends.

Date Start Finish Meeting Point Post Code
Saturday
23 March
10am 12:00 Westbury War Memorial BS9 3AA
Sunday
24 March
10am 12:00 Westbury War Memorial BS9 3AA
Saturday
30 March
10am 12:00 Clover Ground
Eastfield Road end
BS9 4UA
Sunday
31 March
10am 12:00 Clover Ground
Eastfield Road end
BS9 4UA
Saturday
6 April
10am 12:00 Northover Road
Henbury Road end
BS9 3JB
Sunday
7 April
10am 12:00 Canford Park
Main Entrance
BS9 3JW
Saturday
13 April
10am 12:00 Stoke Lane Shops BS9 3RL
Sunday
14 April
10am 12:00 Stoke Lane Shops BS9 3RL

If you want to help with any of these litter picks please email suswot2050@gmail.com. Please say which events you are interested in helping with as we only have enough equipment for about 30 people.

Each event will meet at 10 am where people will be briefed on Health and Safety and told where they should litter pick.

All equipment is provided. SusWoT will provide litter pickers, bags for waste and recycling, and bright yellow jackets. Wear sensible footware and gloves if you want. You should not be handling any hazardous litter so gloves are optional.

The starting locations above have been choosen because they are in the middle of the areas we plan to litter pick at each event. So if you live near one of the meeting points it is likely that your street will be litter picked that weekend. We are using the polling districts of Westbury (and Henleaze) as a guide to where we plan to litter pick. Scroll down the list on the website site to find Westbury and Henleaze and you can see the Polling Districts on a map of the ward.

Meeting PointPolling District from the map
Westbury War Memorial WEHC
Clover Ground
Eastfield Road end
WEHE + the area up to Henleaze Lake
Northover Road
Henbury Road end
WEHA
Canford Park
Main Entrance
WEHB
Stoke Lane ShopsWEHD
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Cleaning up the Trym Valley

SusWoT help clear 40 sacks of rubbish and more from Trymside

About 16 SusWoT and Friend’s of Blaise litter pickers turned up at the entrance to Trimside of the Doncaster Road, opposite Badock’s Wood in Southmead to clear that section of the Trym.

The first challange was the large grate that stopped large debris flowing down the Trym, it was so blocked it stopped the water too.  Dawn and Vanessa cleared a hole and the water started flowing.  The Trym started to flow.  Latter George finished the job to produce a beautiful cleared grate with lovely clear water flowing under Doncaster Road into Badock’s Wood.

The Trym itself was full of the usual waste.  There were TVs, lots of metal cans, all sorts of plastic items, a vacuum cleaner, pogo stick and masses more.  Unfortunately even 16 people working for a couple of hours were unable to get all the rubbbish and about a quarter of the river still needs to be cleaned.

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Anthea from Team Southmead brought cakes.  As part of the equipment we have there is hand cleaner always available so people were able to eat the cakes, and very good they were too.  The dog is Erin, the humans (from the dog) Robert, Liz, Anthea. Ruth, Max, Pete and Alex.  There were two piles of rubbish.  Bristol Parks collected all the rubbish promptly on Monday morning.

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It looks a lot better now!

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But there is more to do.  The pipe on the left above flows into the Trym and as you can see there is some pollution.  This may be due to a misconnection.  A misconnection is where a street drain has a sewage pipe from a house connected to it incorrectly.  This may happen when a new toilet is added to a house and the plumber adds it to the nearest drain which unfortunately is a street drain and not a sewage drain, it is misconnected.

 

Most Litter Ever Picked in a day by SusWoT

Litter Picking in Westbury

25 November 2018

There were 13 SusWoT members cleaning up rubbish in Westbury on Sunday 25 November.  They were divided into three groups and tackled the Fly-tipping in the woods by the Dingle near Grove Road, the fly-tipping in the woods above the Trym near Vintery Leys and in the nearby estate,  and the alleyways and lanes off Canford Lane including all grass areas adjacent and the space by the enormous billboard in the village.

Rubbish collected from the woods near Grove Road, some residents thought we were fly tippers. But I think they are happy now.

In total about 36 sacks of rubbish were collected as well as clothes, tractor tyres, abandoned bikes, car parts, paint, lead acid batteries, full bottles of talc, garden waste, children’s toys, picnic tables, decorators waste and more.

Litter from the team litter picking around Canford Lane

SusWoT works with Bristol Waste who collect the rubbish and recycling SusWoT collect.

If you want to be part of the team trying to clean up Westbury please be in touch.

Litter from the woods between the river Trym and Vintry Lyes

Andrew and John admiring their collection of litter from the Clover Ground area

Cleaning the Trym on Sunday 28 Oct

The weather was good on Sunday so a last go at cleaning the Trym took place.  Next month it will be normal litter picking!

Motorbike pulled from the Trym

Ten people turned up to clear the Trym and 18 bags of rubbish were collected.  But the triumph for the day was getting out the last motor bike.  Congratulations to (L to R) Peter, Max, Pete and Andrew for their great work.

Historic fly-tipped rubbish collected by the Trym

Liz with some of the rubbish collected on Sunday.  Unfortunately this was not the stuff were were supposed to get!  Apparently there is more recent stuff.

 

SusWoT at the Village Show

SusWoT was there!

Westbury Show 2018 Max, Liz, Mike and Fran.

A professional litter picker’s litter picker and a cup of tea

Westbury Village Show 2018

Juice?

Picnic for the Cleaners

On Sunday 9 September SusWoT cleaners had their celebratory picnic by the Trym.

Jil and Bob Picnic

Look no litter! Jill and Bob have a well earned drink to celebrate the cleaning of the Trym

After the Litter Picks and River Cleans the lower reaches of the Trym are pretty clear of litter and the water looks clear, but there is still not much life and no otters.

About 120 person hours of effort were expended on cleaning the area from the Blaise car park on the Dingle to the Mill House pub.  During this time about 2 tonnes of rubbish have been extracted by SusWoTters and then taken away by Bristol Waste.  This did include a kitchen sink!

SusWoT are looking to work with Friends of Blaise and Friends of Badock’s to see if they can improve the quality of wildlife in the Trym area from Badock’s Wood to the confluence of the Trym with the Avon.

If you would like to help SusWoT with its litter and river work please be in touch,  suswot2050@gmail.com.

 

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A Few of the SusWoT Trym Cleaners with the the kitchen sink

Westbury Village Show

Remember to visit the SusWoT stall at the Village Show on Saturday 1st September 11am-5pm. We will be selling juice and talking about our current projects.