Over the last six months, local resident and pupil of Warriner School, Harriet Dickens, has spent 24 hours litter picking in the village as part of her Duke of Edinburgh, Silver Award. Harriet has also supported the Parish Council’s ‘Paint Means Poo’ campaign by spraying dog mess left on the ground to highlight just how bad the problem is in Adderbury.
The Parish Council was very happy to support Harriet with the volunteering element of her Award and it is inspiring that a young person wanted to look after and take pride in the village in which she lives.
Harriet said to the Parish Council, ‘Overall, I found this to be an insightful experience and it has made me more aware of this issue. Whilst I did find that a lot of the litter consisted of sweet wrappers and fizzy drink bottles, suggesting that children and teenagers are littering a lot, I was surprised to see so much dog waste, implying it is not just younger generations who are the culprits of littering. I took part in the ‘Paint Means Poo’ project as a way to tackle this problem; I found that it really helped to reduce the numbers of dog waste around the village’.
Harriet added that ‘I also felt frustrated by the number of dog waste that had been collected in poo bags and chucked to the side of paths. It can take up to 1,000 years for plastic poo bags to biodegrade, which causes catastrophic impacts for the environment. To help reduce this, I think that more dog waste bins should be installed around the village, so people are less likely to dump their rubbish. As well as this, it would be beneficial for people to use biodegradable poo bags’.
The Parish Council thanks Harriet for her hard work and hopes that it will encourage more people, young and old, to take care of the environment around them.