BBC’s Blue Planet inspires Thornbury volunteers
The group Plastic Free Thornbury has held a plastic pick up supported by local volunteers.
The weekend event targeted local ponds and waterways.
Volunteer Danny Bonnett said: “We were so pleased that the Blue Planet TV series brought the issue of plastic waste to the fore last year. It’s really helped to open the public’s eyes to the dangers it presents when it enters our rivers and seas. This plastic pick-up received great local support.”
Amongst the volunteers were staff from the house builder David Wilson Homes. The company has committed to improving its environmental credentials when it builds houses. Last year 94 per cent of its construction waste was recycled in the region, and it planted or kept over 11,000 trees and shrubs.
Gareth Neale, David Wilson Homes’ Construction Director, said: “It was our pleasure to roll up our sleeves and take part in the plastic pick up. Looking after the areas we’re working in is important to us and we’re so pleased to see Thornbury has such dedicated environmental champions in the form of the Plastic Free Thornbury group.”
It's hoped that Thornbury can become a ‘plastic free’ town. But to attain this status it must demonstrate a commitment to using less plastic, and host community initiatives such as plastic pick-ups.