A group of Abbey ward residents and volunteers took to the streets of the Monks Road area of Lincoln to tackle the increasing amount of litter in July and are now planning a similar event for October.
Brought together by local Community Organiser Maaike Veenkamp, Action LN2 launched the “Let’s Get Picking” event that saw around 40 local residents give up two hours of their time to remove litter from the Arboretum, Abbey Park and plenty of streets around the Monks Road area.
Volunteer and resident Kay Fleming said: “I got involved in this initiative because I wanted to do something positive in an area that I love living which has an unfair negative reputation. I really hope the events we organise helps people to feel more positive about where we live.
“Two of my children are now involved in volunteering and organising, and being involved is having a really positive effect on them and teaching them important lessons about caring about your community.”
Action LN2 decided to push forward with the “Let’s Get Picking” event after enlisting the help and ideas of enthusiastic Monks Abbey School pupils.
Wendy Taylor, a local resident who strongly felt that something had to be done about the litter, said the clean-up was a positive way of tackling the issue: “We hope that by continuing this project we will increase the awareness of the issue and recruit more and more volunteers each time.
“We also hope that by working with the Monks Abbey School primary pupils we can contribute to educating the children and young people at an early age about the issue of littering.”
The next event as part of the project is set to take place on October 12. Volunteer Patrick Roberts said: “Monks Road has improved in so many ways in recent years but there is still much to be done.
“I hope together we can continue to improve and make it an even better place to live.”