Great British Spring Clean’s effort at Pelaw Quarry Pond was also ‘a great day out’
South Tyneside’s most committed litter pickers had a great day in the sunshine while taking part in the Great British Spring Clean.
Five teams of all ages gathered at Pelaw Quarry Pond to carry out a clear-up. They were Jarrow and Hebburn Litterpick Group, Wardley Wombles Litter Busters, Hebburn Carr Ellison Park Group, Pelaw Quarry Pond Litter Pick Group and Riverside Litter Bugz which is a team made up of children.
Along with more volunteers from Gateshead, they formed a “supergroup” known as the Northeast Litterpickers and managed to collect over 40 bagfuls of rubbish at the pond, which is a nature reserve and home to much wildlife, as well as being a beauty spot.
The bin bags were then removed by South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils. The pond sits on the border of South Tyneside and Gateshead.
After the hard work had been done, always within covid regulations, the litter pickers sat down to a well deserved picnic.
One of the organisers was Shirley Gardiner from the Hebburn Carr Ellison Park Group, who was delighted to see the two boroughs coming together to do something for the local environment.
Shirley said: “We had a fabulous day, everyone enjoyed it and were happy in the knowledge that we helped in making Pelaw Quarry Pond a safer and more attractive place to visit; safer for the wildlife and visitors alike.”
“We ended the event with a well earned picnic near the pond and welcomed the refreshments supplied by Amazing Coffee.”
The effort came after a number of successes by litter-picking groups in the area in recent months.
This included the Captain Tom 100 challenge in May, where groups and individuals were challenged to tackle any event as long as it involved the number 100.
Dozens of volunteers, from young children to more seasoned litter pickers, gathered at three different spots in Hebburn and Jarrow – including around the River Don and St Bede’s Well – and between them they passed their 100-bag target.
:: Anyone who would like to get involved should look at the Facebook pages of the different litter pick groups.