Plastic Free Cotgrave

Reducing single-use plastics


Litter Picks


1st June 2021


Join us between 1.00 – 2.00pm, after the Children’s Day at the Community Garden. This litter pick has been timed to make it easier for families to take part, during the half term holiday.


Bags and pickers will be provided – please bring your own gloves.



17th April 2021


We were delighted to support our Community Allies at the Cotgrave Community Garden by holding our first community litter pick there, to remove rubbish from in and around their boundary hedges.


Between 11.30 and 1.00pm, 18 volunteers filled 12 bin liners with rubbish from the footpaths and hedges around the village centre. One volunteer commented that she … actually enjoyed it.


"People were saying thank-you to us as we were going around. I was really touched by that!"


Much of the litter we removed was or included plastic: hundreds of cigarette butts, sweet wrappers, bottles, food packaging, masks and even some tinsel – probably from at least Christmas 2019!


If left in the bottoms of hedges, the plastic items here would disintegrate into micro-plastics in the environment – and be there for generations.


In addition there were glass bottles and metal drinks cans, which would last even longer in the environment.


It was gratifying to have members of the public stop and thank the volunteers for what they were doing. There were many positive responses on social media afterwards with comments such as ‘Brilliant’, ‘Well done’ and ‘Great job’.


We will be holding more litter picks over the summer – watch this space!


We are grateful to Streetwise, who provided all the pickers and bags.