Neighbours unite for first community clean-up on Keynsham estates

March 02 2018
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Residents from two of Keynsham’s newest neighbourhoods teamed up to hold their first community clean-up last month.

Residents from two of Keynsham’s newest neighbourhoods teamed up to hold their first community clean-up last month.

Around 15 neighbours from the Meadows, at the end of Park Road, got together to tackle litter around the estate and the nearby woodlands before meeting up with a group from the Bilbie Green estate.

The bagged-up rubbish was collected by Bath and North East Somerset Council and the neighbours have already arranged their second clean-up when they hope more people will get involved.

Meadows resident and organiser Kai von Pahlen said: “Protecting the environment from plastic and other waste is currently a big issue in the news. In Keynsham, we are lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside. But that also means we need to come together to make sure our rubbish is disposed of properly and does not end up in the woods, rivers, parks and fields around us. It also strengthens the community spirit to see like-minded people working together like that.”

He said the group was planning to do a more thorough litter-pick in Abbots Wood in the summer after the success of February’s outing.

He said: “We all really enjoy living in Keynsham and take pride in the area, so I think it felt good to clean up the area where we live. We were all really impressed when one dad brought his young son along, who goes to Castle Primary School, and he was really excited about cleaning up an area that was close to his school, especially the path leading to it.”

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