Clean and Green – village centre litter pick
“Clean and Green” in Chalfont St Giles
“Clean and green” is a month-long campaign run by Chalfont St Giles Parish Council to heighten awareness of litter and dog waste in the Parish. Litter and leaving dog mess is anti-social behaviour which is often reported to the Parish Council. This campaign hopes to get the community involved in helping to address this problem.
Since the beginning of the pandemic we have seen the number of people using our open spaces increase dramatically, however this has also meant an increase in litter including discarded masks and an increase in dog waste being left on the paths and pavement, and even hedges and trees!
A public survey was conducted at the beginning of May and this helped to identify the worst areas and has given us a target for our resources.
Many people and groups have volunteered to help with the event including scouts, Buckinghamshire Building Society and Align (part of HS2).
The first event will be held on the village green on Saturday 8 May between 10am and noon, where Duke of Edinburgh volunteers will be giving our packs of litter picking equipment to residents who wish to get involved by carrying out their own litter picking when out on their daily walks.
May 15 sees the beginning of our two week ‘Pink Paint Protest’ where our ‘Pink Paint Protest Guardians’ will spray any dog waste that they find with pink chalk. This is a very visual way of highlighting the problem of dog owners who do not pick up their dog mess. We ran this campaign in 2019 and it was very successful.
On May 22 the Parish Council invite residents to come along to the village green to help to clean up the centre of the village. We will be encouraging litter picking in family groups and will ask all volunteers to adhere to social distancing rules.
We are all proud of this beautiful village and the lockdowns have really highlighted how lucky we are to live here. Please support this campaign and encourage friends, family and neighbours to join you.