Hundreds of city volunteers turn out for OxClean event

Friends of Lye Valley, from left, Heather Armitage, Terry Wood, Keith Frayn, Theresa Frayn and Mike Pickering

Friends of Lye Valley, from left, Heather Armitage, Terry Wood, Keith Frayn, Theresa Frayn and Mike Pickering Buy this photo

First published in News The Oxford Times: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

IF you’ve noticed Oxford looking more well kept this week, thank this team of hard-working volunteers.

Hundreds turned out for the annual OxClean event over the weekend.

Community groups and volunteers picked up litter from streets in their area.

Organiser Rosanne Bostock said: “We were in Blackbird Leys and we must have picked up 60 bags of litter.

“The weekend went very well. We had 96 groups out and probably more, plus the 36 schools that took part.

“I am torn between being pleased that it was such a success and upset that there is still quite a lot to be collected.”

The Oxford Times:

  • Volunteers Sarah Howes and Ros Weatherall in Dunnock Way, Blackbird Leys

Litter picks were also held in Cutteslowe, Jericho, Rose Hill and Headington.

Sarah Howes, 54, of Headington, took part in a litter pick in Dunnock Way in Greater Leys.

She said: “I am a rambler and I go out and about a lot and I absolutely hate litter. It is awful.

“We found quite a lot of litter and some of it was stuck in these bushes. It was quite hard work.

“We found a child’s toy chair and bike which had been abandoned but mainly it was sweet wrappers, cans and bottles.”

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The event, organised by Oxford Civic Society and sponsored by our sister paper The Oxford Times, collected six tonnes of rubbish.

John Tanner, the executive board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford on Oxford City Council, thanked the volunteers.

He said: “I especially want to thank Oxford Civic Society who again organised the OxClean campaign.

The Oxford Times:

  • North Oxford Rotary took part in OxClean in Cutteslowe and also by the BP station near Wolvercote roundabout

“The society encourages us to take a proper pride in our city.

“I also want to praise the tens of thousands of people who regularly take their litter home or put it a bin.

“The city council spends about £3m a year so that our hard-working staff can sweep the streets and empty litter bins.

“Our beautiful city deserves to be kept clean for the benefit of tourists, students and residents alike.”

By numbers

4,000 The number of bags filled up with rubbish 

96 Hard-working groups  took part in the event

400 Litter grabbers and hi-vis vests made available to clean up teams by Oxford Civic Society

Six tonnes of waste was collected over the weekend

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1:53pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Oflife says...

I did this a few years ago and was shocked at how much litter there is in just a quare foot of, well, anywhere there is earth. Along with about 30 others, we focused on the river area between Park End Street and I forget the other area, but in flowerbeds, wooded areas and in the river itself, hundreds of crisp packets, fag ends, plastic bits and pieces, sweet wrappers etc all buried in the ground or trapped in the river. We ended up with multiple black bags of rubbish, and yet had only touched the surface!

I have never dropped one bit of litter in my life, having been brought up strictly to never do it. Amazed do few others seem to care how their behavior impacts the environment. No wonder the carbon energy companies have so much power. Too few care to fight back. Imagine how much rubbish is in the sea after floating down the river!
I did this a few years ago and was shocked at how much litter there is in just a quare foot of, well, anywhere there is earth. Along with about 30 others, we focused on the river area between Park End Street and I forget the other area, but in flowerbeds, wooded areas and in the river itself, hundreds of crisp packets, fag ends, plastic bits and pieces, sweet wrappers etc all buried in the ground or trapped in the river. We ended up with multiple black bags of rubbish, and yet had only touched the surface! I have never dropped one bit of litter in my life, having been brought up strictly to never do it. Amazed do few others seem to care how their behavior impacts the environment. No wonder the carbon energy companies have so much power. Too few care to fight back. Imagine how much rubbish is in the sea after floating down the river! Oflife
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