Toton showed its support for Broxtowe Borough Council’s Clean and Green campaign as members of the local community turned out in force for a litter-pick and work to improve Toton Fields Local Nature Reserve.
Community volunteers join the mayor and mayoress at a community litter-pick and tree-planting event
Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe Derek Burnett was joined by members of the Friends of Toton Fields and the Practical Conservation Volunteers to enjoy the late autumn sunshine.
They picked litter from the entire nature reserve and a total of eight bags were collected.
Throughout the session, the group of 25 volunteers also sowed seed to create over 300 square metres of hay meadow and improved another 2,000 square metres by planting a selection of 600 nectar rich wildflower plants, including scabious and ox eye daisy.
Next spring, this area will be a haven for pollinating insects, including honeybees. A thousand native bluebell bulbs were also planted along the woodland fringe.
The volunteers also helped to plant three Black Poplar trees in the reserve. The Black Poplar is one of Britain’s rarest native trees and also one of the largest, able to grow to 30 metres over a 200-year lifespan.
The council’s Clean and Green campaign will see £72,000 invested in new initiatives to complement and enhance existing programmes to keep Broxtowe clean and tidy.
– Community litter-picking events to complement existing events as part of the Community Clean Teams.
Additional litter picking around the A610
Additional weed control in high priority areas
– Mobile CCTV cameras at fly-tipping hotspot areas/
– Programme of Waste Days to enable residents who do not live near household waste recycling sites to dispose of their bulky waste.
– Litterbin replacement in areas where there is high footfall, including main roads, twitchells, parks and bus stops
– Advertising clean and green initiatives on bin lorries to encourage community support
A special resource pack has been created for local groups and organisations who want to get involved and run their own litter-pick events, to help them carry out activities safely, as well as promote them in their local area. The council can also help by lending litter-picking equipment.