A litter-picking challenge has been issued to the people of Maidenhead to mark World Environment Day on Saturday, June 5.
Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Club and Maidenhead Rotary Club are calling on individuals, families and friends to take part in a World Environment Day Challenge to both celebrate the planet and help clean up our environment.
Rotary is encouraging participants to ditch the car and go for a walk – any distance and any route – arming themselves with a litter picker and bag to collect as much rubbish as possible along the way.
Participants are asked to register in advance for the challenge, which is free to take part in, so Rotary can measure the impact. They will be asked to log how far they walked and how much litter they collected, with prizes on offer for the highest achievers and best photos. Everyone registered will receive a completion certificate.
Lisa Hunter, one of the organisers, said: “Since 1974, June 5 has been recognised as World Environment Day. We want the challenge to be both a celebration and a platform for each of us to do something that will clean up Maidenhead’s streets, lanes and public footpaths.
“It’s a chance to get out in the fresh air in a hands-on, eco-friendly activity that will make a difference to our environment. It’ll be great fun and allow people to get some exercise at the same time.”
Organisers are appealing for donations which will be used to plant trees locally, furthering the environmental impact of the initiative. Participants will be invited to a community tree planting event once Covid-19 restrictions allow.
Fellow organiser Jim Howles added: “Walkers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part in the challenge. Whether you are an individual, group or family this initiative is an opportunity to participate in World Environment Day. The format means it is safe to take part in and people can choose where and how far they walk – though we suggest a minimum of a mile.”
Protecting the environment was this year added to Rotary’s core objectives as an international service organisation.
For more details and to register online go to: