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Supporting the Litter Partnership in Winchester

Winchester City Council
Winchester City Council | 2021 | Winchester

Supporting the Litter Partnership in Winchester

The Litter Partnership was founded by Tom Bristowe, a LitterHero Ambassador of Keep Britain Tidy. It aims to bring together local people, councils, schools, businesses and military personnel to tackle the scourge of litter.
Other key partners include Winchester City Council, Walking with the Wounded, and numerous local businesses.

idverde’s involvement with the Litter Partnership began in 2019 when Tom approached us for support with his fledgling litter-picking scheme. As supplier of street scene services to Winchester City Council and already a keen supporter of Keep Britain Tidy’s annual Great British Spring Clean events, idverde was happy to support the initiative.

Initially this support was through removing bags of rubbish collected by local volunteers. However, the partnership soon evolved, with idverde supplying volunteers with equipment such as litter-pickers and gloves. More recently, idverde colleagues have also been supporting volunteers in Upham and Owlesbury with a regular Saturday morning litter-pick along rural roads. A member of idverde’s team joins the group, providing appropriate safety support, including attending with a vehicle displaying signage warning others that volunteers are at work.

As the partnership has gathered momentum, idverde is now pleased to be able to offer a flexible litter-pick support service for volunteers wishing to keep rural roads near their homes free of litter. This will be co-ordinated by idverde’s Winchester office and local people will be able to contact the team to arrange for assistance with clearing up their local area at a time of their choosing, with help from idverde’s team.

Darren Davison, operations manager at idverde, said: “I am delighted to be working with the Litter Partnership on 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.”

Further initiatives planned by the Litter Partnership include a morning’s litter-pick supported by the Army Training Regiment (ATR) in Winchester, thanks to the ATR’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Rosco Noott, and ‘LitterFit’ – litter-picking inspired fitness sessions led by local personal trainer, Matt Keeble.

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 idverde to help them 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 information on the Litter Partnership visit www.thelitterpartnership.org or to book idverde’s support, please email julia.smith@idverde.co.uk, copying hello@thelitterpartnership.org