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The Community Development Foundation has now approved the grant of £1,770 to enable Friends of Eastfield Park to run an anti-litter campaign this coming autumn. We are still waiting for the funds to be released but have started to plan the campaign.

Part of the funds will be used to buy our own litter picking equipment. Although in the past we have been able to borrow equipment from NBC/ Enterprise, we have to return it to them after each activity. Having our own equipment will enable us to organise litter picking at short notice without relying on external sources to deliver on time. We will also be able to purchase equipment that Enterprise does not provide such as long handled litter pickers for removing litter from the lake and ponds, and high visibility vests with our name on. The latter will be particularly beneficial to younger volunteers who do not wish to be confused with people carrying out compulsory community service.

The campaign will have two main strands: one aimed at clearing litter and other rubbish from Eastfield Park and much of the surrounding area; the other attempting to discourage the public from littering the neighborhood. We hope that we will be able to take this second part of the campaign into local schools and youth clubs.

Both County and Borough Councillors for Eastfield Ward have agreed to provide prizes for children in the area who design the best anti-litter posters and we hope that a competition can be organised on a school-by-school basis with a prize awarded for the best entry from each of the schools that takes part in the campaign.

We plan to launch the campaign at the Eastfield Festival on 8th September. There will be regular litter picking activities throughout September, October and November and our Autumn Tidy-up of the park on 13th October will also put an emphasis on removal of litter and other rubbish. There will, however, be gardening and conservation opportunities for those who prefer something different.

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