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Isle of Wight residents 'take great pride in their towns'

Mon 2 Apr 2012

Isle of Wight residents 'take great pride in their towns'

Short breaks to the Isle of Wight may be scenic for visitors, as it has been reported that a group of residents have been volunteering to clean up public spaces.

The Isle of Wight County Press Online recently highlighted the good work of people across the island who give up their time to keep their surroundings looking clean and tidy.

An event in December saw representatives from the council team up with local residents in Sandown for a two-hour litter pick, while some individuals from other places on the Isle of Wight have decided to take care of their environment of their own accord.

Friends and members of the 2nd Cowes sea scouts, people involved with the Carisbrooke Society, residents affiliated with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the St Helen's Harbour Association and the Ventnor Wombles are all groups that participate in the clear-ups.

Sandown councillor Heather Humby told the news provider the body had seen a good reaction to the litter collection trip she assisted in organising.

"The members of the public we met seemed very pleased to see us cleaning up and we were very grateful to those who helped," she stated.

It may not be a surprise to Wendy Marshall from Ventnor that the residents are pleased to see their environment cleaned up, as she chooses to get out with a stick and pick up litter every last Sunday of the month with the local Wombles volunteer group.

"I love my town and take great pride in the way it looks," she explained to the newspaper.

Ben Houfton of Newport seems to have been motivated by a similar feeling, as he set up the Carisbrooke Society to keep the village tidy many years ago and it is still going today.

"When we notice litter, we'll pick it up," he told the publication, which reported local councillor John Hobart also often goes on litter picking trips.

These residents are all ones Patricia Almond of Whitwell, who is volunteer litter pick coordinator for the CPRE, would be likely to be proud of, as she urges people who are out and about on the Isle of Wight to do their bit to keep the environment clean and tidy.

"There are jubilee celebrations taking place across the Island, as well as other events, and we want the Island looking polished," she explained.

A similar philosophy is being taken on by the Isle of Wight Festival, which has introduced a new camping field called Respect, where visitors are encouraged to take responsibility for the cleanliness of their pitch.

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