Litter picking

CPRE Hampshire volunteer litter pickers in Brambridge, Eastleigh John Lauwerys

Litter spoils our enjoyment of the countryside and green spaces and can be harmful for wildlife and people. We’re working towards a litter-free countryside for everyone.

Weekly litter picks

CPRE Hampshire, in partnership with Idverde, a leading green service provider, organises weekly litter picks to help tackle the problem of litter in the roadside verges of Hampshire. We have also recently started to widen our search to identify and include wider, green areas.

Idverde provide a truck and driver to follow litter pickers and screen them from approaching traffic. They also generously loan the equipment needed for the clean-up. With the fantastic support of volunteers, litter picks have so far been held over in Brambridge, Eastleigh, Badger Farm and other Winchester areas.

Currently, the weekly litter picks are only able to take place in the Winchester area.

Get involved

Do you know of any areas that require our litter pickers attention? Would you like to volunteer to take part in our weekly litter picks?

If you think you can help, in anyway, please email hantssupportercare@cprehampshire.org.uk.

About the litter picks

John Lauwerys, the CPRE Hampshire trustee leading the initiative says, ‘CPRE has a long tradition of seeking to tackle the scourge of littering which has become an increasing problem over recent decades. Many parts of the countryside are disfigured by litter and fly tipping and this has grown worse since the covid pandemic.’

CPRE commissioned a YouGov poll in 2020 which showed that over a third of adults in England (38%) saw more litter near to where they live since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Four in five people (78%) would like to see the government take more action to tackle litter.

Natalie Hargreaves, CPRE Hampshire’s volunteer coordinator commented: ‘We are so pleased to be working in partnership with Idverde and are extremely grateful to the fantastic volunteers who get involved.’

Alongside the poll, CPRE published a report in December 2020, Litter in lockdown, looking at trends in litter and waste since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. The study shows that where people go, litter follows, with one in three people (34%) spending more time in the countryside since the start of lockdown.