5 April 2018

It’s ‘Tidy up time’ as new volunteers are trained

Seven new Tidy Up Team volunteers are fully trained and raring to go after attending a council training event last weekend.

This brings the total of trained volunteers to 29.

The volunteers spent a morning at Hollingdean depot on a training session which has equipped them with the tools, materials and know how to be effective and safe volunteer litter pickers.

Trainer and Cityparks Ranger Garry Meyer said: “The training sessions went really well. We are really pleased to have these new recruits which will enable many more community clean ups to take place across the city.”

One volunteer commented: “Thanks for the training course that I participated in on Saturday. I really enjoyed it and am raring to go!”

The council’s Tidy Up Team was set up last year after residents came out in force to support Great British Spring Clean events. The scheme is co-ordinated by the council’s Rangers and supported by Cityclean staff.

Volunteers are asked to spend at least 15 minutes each week picking up litter – there is no maximum time limit and volunteers are encouraged to spend as long as they like! They should also own a mobile phone and have access to email and the internet.

All Tidy Up Team volunteers are provided with equipment, materials and tools to collect and dispose of litter safely. As well as carrying out their own litter picks in their local green spaces, volunteers can join organised monthly litter picks in some of the city’s most problematic areas.

Forthcoming Tidy Up Team events include:

April 14, from 10am – Big Tidy Up, Bexhill Road car park

April 15, from 11am – Big Tidy Up, Victoria Rec, Old Shoreham Road, Portslade

April 22, from 11am - Silent Disco Beach Clean for Earth Day, meet outside The Tempest Inn, Kings Road Arches

May 13th, from 11am – Big Tidy Up Lynchett Close

If you're interested in becoming a Tidy Up Team volunteer, fill in our online volunteering form and we will add you to the waiting list for a training course.

The next training day for Tidy Up Team event organisers is on Saturday  28th April 28 from 11am at The Learning Centre, Hollingdean Depot.


Wildflower sowing at Preston Park

Help sow the seeds that will transform Preston Park’s old bowling greens into a gorgeous sea of colour by volunteering at the annual wildflower sowing on Wednesday 18 April, from 10am to 12 noon. Everyone welcome.

Meet next to the Whoopsidaisy Pavilion in front of the greens. For more information email caroline@bhfood.org.uk or call 01273 431003