The Marlow Wombles, along with members of the Rotary Club of Marlow Bridge and Misbourne Matins, ran a litter pick along the riverside from Marlow Rugby Club to Hurley Lock on Sunday 18th September. Marlow Sea Cadets plan to hold a follow up water-based litter pick. This is a part of the Plastic Blitz – a Thames Valley wide campaign organised by Rotary with the backing of the Environment Agency. In total 23 Rotary Clubs throughout the Thames Valley took part part, along with 25 other environmental groups.
The Plastic Blitz, which is now in its 2nd year, is building a database as part of an EU funded study into plastic pollution.
Brian Jonson of Rotary told us “We did a general litter pick along our local stretch, and analysed in detail 2 specific stretches. This is the second clean-up that Rotary Clubs in the Thames Valley District have organised this year, and it was noticeable that considerably less litter was collected, although there were a few ‘hot spots’. One of the main reasons for the reduction must be the Marlow Wombles with their diligent regular clean ups of our Town and river bank. There is a tide of opinion to reduce plastic waste, and particularly single use plastic and one would hope that Marlow people are at the forefront of change.”
The Marlow Wombles and the Rotary Clubs of Marlow Bridge, Henley-on-Thames and Misbourne Matins will be at the Marlow Carnival on Saturday 1st October, informing and encouraging people to help improve our environment.