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Photo of a woman litter picking.
Bill Waters

“An indescribable heap of filthy paper, empty fruit tins, broken bottles, cigarette and chocolate wrappers, matchboxes, cigarette ends and other litter.”

This was used by a local newspaper to describe the results of a litter pick organised by CPRE with the help of local school children in Sheffield. In 1929.

It is a sad reflection that the results of litter picks taking place today, could be described in a vastly similar way. Disposing of litter in the appropriate manner should be an easily maintained, society standard. Unfortunately, that just isn’t always what happens in reality. That’s where we come in.

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.

Read on to find out more about the work we do and scroll down for lots of useful links to information, news and other litter initiatives.

Play your part in protecting the beautiful Hampshire countryside by joining our group of volunteer litter pickers working across Winchester. Visit CPRE Hampshire Litter Picking Events for more information.

As with many of our projects and campaigns, these initiatives are not always created out of the blue. We get our inspiration from all around, making contacts and creating partnerships with others that share our vision for a beautiful and sustainable countryside.

An article about our litter pick initiative and the roots of the project were recently featured in Fieldwork magazine, a national CPRE publication. Take a look for yourself to find out more.