Litter Picking Duty

Date: 4th Jun 2021 Author: Alistair Tickett

1st Tattenham Scout Group had the community on their mind when they went litter picking in their local area.  Despite a brief shower, they made their community a great place to be!

A huge thank you to county and local councillors Cllr Rebecca Paul, Cllr Nick Harrison and Cllr Zelanie Cooper, along with our group of volunteers who braved torrential rain on Monday to host an evening litter pick for 20 diligent and most enthusiastic members of 1st Tattenhams Cub Pack. The inclement weather did not deter the youngsters and they made a truly impressive job of clearing the litter from many public areas around Tadworth, Preston and Tattenham, resulting in 3 very large purple sacks full of litter.

Before the Cubs set off, Surrey County Councillor Rebecca Paul and the litter group founder, Alison Godden, gave the cubs an informative and engaging talk about the litter issue.  Assistant Cub Leader, Kartik Shah, was extremely pleased with the turn out and cubs’ reaction to the exercise.  He said they gained a great deal from the activity and are all very keen to do more litter picking in the near future, though like many of us, they are baffled as to why people don’t take their litter home with them or put it in a bin!

Each participating cub was presented with a special Surrey County Council certificate by Cllr Rebecca Paul, who commented, “With the huge surge in littering during the pandemic, it’s particularly reassuring and heart warming to see these young people coming together to clear up their local community.  Such enthusiasm and responsible behaviour by the 1st Tattenhams Scout group is something to be celebrated.   Teaching our young people the important of tidying up after themselves is essential if we want to reduce littering in the future.  These organised litter picks are a great way of achieving this.”

The litter picking assignment will contribute towards the cubs’ Community Impact, Environmental Conversation, World and Teamwork badges.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls