Our overall aim is to create a litter free island, so residents and visitors alike can enjoy the island and wild life is not harmed by the effects of litter.
We work within prevailing Government regulations, but we are continuing to litter pick on the Island. Please join our litter picks in 2023. The more the merrier and we all really appreciate the help and companionship. Where regulations allow we continue to meet at 10 am at the designated location. We do appreciate though that some people do want to "do their own thing" and that is also just fine. Equipment and refreshments provided. At the end of each pick there is a mystery prize draw for litter pickers. Any changes to venue or time will be notified nearer the time.
Feb 11th (Mersea Island all year not just on Valentines Day)
Feb 23rd (Thursday) Mainland Strood high tide pick, meet at the Peldon Rose at 12.30 Although all ages are welcome at our normal picks. The high tide pick is a little trickier so we ask for 'adults only' on this one.
Feb 24th East West fork to Dawes Lane and Glebe meet in layby West Mersea side of the fork. 13.30. The high tide pick is a little trickier so we ask for 'adults only' on this one.
Mar 18th - Spring Equinox Litter Clean Up
Apr 8th - Easter Weekend
May 8th Additional Date.
Aug 19th BBQ NEW venue TBA nearer the time.
Sep 16th - Gt British Beach Clean (17th Sep-25th Sep)
Dec 2nd/3rd - Mersea Clean Up after Lights Up! Sat &/Or Sun
Dec 17th - mince pies mulled wine and Xmas Hat Competition
Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.
In the meanwhile, we encourage everyone to take the advantage of exercise to litter pick as you go! We will provide litter pickers, hoops and Hi-viz to anyone who will put the equipment to good use on the island.
I am just a piece of litter,
I'm just lying here, all alone,
carelessly tossed aside by a ressoT,
one of many seeds, thoughtlessly sown.
And what is to become of me?
I lay here, pondering my thoughts
because as I wallow, still unloved,
I do feel rather, well, out of sorts.
As I know my friends have all been recycled,
yes, they do indeed get to live another day,
but me, in the mud, the best I can hope for?
Well, probably, I'll simply be washed away.
And then I'll end up in the oceans,
maybe I'll get as far as the Atlantic Sea,
or maybe I'll get eaten by a seal, or a whale,
just who knows what sad story is waiting for me?
But who's that coming down the road?
Yes, I can see one, two, no there's a crowd,
and they do look resplendent in their yellow,
yes, they stand out, really quite Proud.
And thank goodness for them, I say,
because yes, I can again rejoin my friends,
and yes, I will live happily ever after, but,
hang on, that's not where this story ends.
Because where would we be without those 'Prouds?
(and there's a collective you've never heard before),
but seriously, without them, we'd be in a mess,
and it'd probably stay that way, for evermore.
But there's Mike, Val, Pip (and Allen), and
so many more, too many to individually name,
but they are the ones who turn out, pick after pick,
never seeking recognition, fortune or fame.
Yep, they do it for the love of the island,
and I really do want to say that out loud,
because without those unnamed heroes, we'd
be nothing, we certainly wouldn't, be Proud.
WE THANK YOU.
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