Appealing for help to tackle ‘enormous’ volume of rubbish

Leighton-Linslade In Bloom launch 2014
Leighton-Linslade In Bloom launch 2014

Behind-the-scenes efforts are helping to ensure that Leighton-Linslade isn’t engulfed in a sea of junk.

Volunteers from the Leighton-Linslade In Bloom group – in addition to employees provided by the town and Central Beds councils – regularly patrol the streets to remove all kinds of litter which has been haphazardly discarded.

The In Bloom committee has also joined forces with groups such as The Canoe Club to organise litter picks of the canal and its banks. In addition, volunteers from Waitrose, Tesco and the town council have assisted whenever possible.

David Rosie (acting In Bloom chairman) said: “The volume of rubbish deposited is enormous and can range from the usual bottles, cans, plastic food containers to computer parts, car wheels and old chairs. This junk would accumulate if not for these behind-the-scenes efforts. The Leighton-Linslade In Bloom Group and others are anxious to create a pleasant environment along the streets and footpaths so that pedestrians can enjoy their activity, whether it be shopping or countryside walks.

“But we need your help. We are calling on shopkeepers, pub landlords, householders and companies in the town to spend a few minutes per week to inspect their premises and surrounds and to remove unsightly litter from the ground, bushes and flower beds.

“In addition, we are launching our 2015 season on Sunday ,April 19, when one of the activities will be litter picking at various parts of the town and its surroundings.”

If you or your company would like to get involved in the litter pick either contact David Rosie on 01525 370279, or the town council (01525 631920).