idverde, Europe’s leading provider of grounds maintenance and landscape creation services, has launched a flexible litter-pick support service for volunteers in Winchester wishing to keep roads and public spaces near their homes free of litter. If anyone in the district is frustrated by litter near their home, idverde will help them clear it up safely at a time of their choosing. idverde is part of the Litter Partnership, which brings together local people, councils, schools, businesses and military personnel to tackle the scourge of litter.
Darren Davison, operations manager at idverde, said:
“I am delighted to be working with the Litter Partnership to launch this initiative. If we can work with local people to keep their own neighbourhoods clean and tidy, we will deliver not only significant environmental, health and well-being benefits but also important savings to the public purse. I encourage everyone to identify a road or public space that they would like to keep clean, and get in touch with us.”
As a trial run, idverde has been supporting a group of volunteers in Upham and Owslebury with their regular litter-picking efforts on a Saturday morning. When necessary, the group is met by a member of idverde’s team, who provides appropriate equipment and safety support. On other occasions, idverde removes rubbish collected from agreed locations.
Cllr Lucille Thompson, Leader of Winchester City Council said:
“Our natural environment has never been more appreciated than in recent months when we’ve been limited in our ability to travel beyond our local area in order to keep ourselves and each other safe from COVID-19. This initiative is a fantastic way to help keep our picturesque district clear of litter for the benefit of our communities and the environment alike. It is inspiring to see residents give up their free time and great to know that projects such as these are available to help our united effort.”
Tom Bristowe, founder of the Litter Partnership, also commented:
“idverde is a wonderful partner, and I am extremely grateful for their support. I really hope local people across the district will contact Julie to see what can be done to keep local roads and public spaces near them free of litter. Together, we can beat the scourge of litter and keep Winchester beautiful!”
For more on the Litter Partnership, visit www.thelitterpartnership.org