2019: Keep Britain Tidy – Morpeth Litter Group

led by David “Dai” Richards

This year Dai as Morpeth’s ‘Keep Britain Tidy Ambassador’ has been working closely with the Keep Britain Tidy National team to agree a 2019 Action Plan. This plan takes our local Morpeth Litter Group activities to a much wider scope, so that it is being actively managed under Keep Britain Tidy. 

GMDT and other local volunteer groups (eg. Morpeth Lions) will be working in partnership, and are still actively supporting the regular community Litter Blitzes – please see separate pages for 2019 Litter Blitz events schedule, and 2019 Litter Blitz results.

2018: Formation of Morpeth Litter Group

Our Environment Group has arranged occasional litter picks for some years, however it became apparent that several other groups and individuals were also doing this in and around the town. We considered this could be better co-ordinated, so in early 2018 some Environment Group members in conjunction with Morpeth Lions formed the ‘Morpeth Litter Group’. The aim was to pool resources, enhance the appearance of the town, and feed back information to Morpeth Town Council and Northumberland County Council on the most neglected “grotspots” requiring further action. We timed events to coincide with Britain and Northumbria In Bloom inspections, Keep Britain Tidy ‘Great British Spring Clean’, and the Lions ‘Protect the Planet’ month.

At the end of 2018, GMDT Environment Director Hugh Edmundson presented an End of Year Recommendations Report to Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Town Council, and KEVI School. It is hoped that the recommendations re adoption of “grotspots”; opening up and landscaping some areas which are currently either hidden or neglected wasteland; and Bin Management improvements (new bin locations, new cigarette butt trays installed etc); will be taken up by the relevant Councils. 

The 6 litter picking events in 2018 resulted in 401 bags collected, large amounts of fly tipped items, tyres, barbecues etc, with a total of 154 volunteers involved across the 6 “Litter Blitzes” held on Sunday pm’s between March and October. We think that the scale of litter around Morpeth is now showing a marked reduction.

For example, as the photo below illustrates, our 5th litter pick on Sun 24th June at KEVI School attracted a diverse range of participants including teachers and students from the school, Town and County Councillors, and many members of the public of all age groups. In total some 38 people collected 47 bags of litter within the school grounds in an hour and a half.

Other participants in our events include: Morpeth Lions and Rotary; The Morpeth Justice and Peace Group; Morpeth & District Chamber of Trade; Scouts and Guides; and help from private sector companies such as Jewsons, Coca Cola European Partners and MKM Building Supplies.

A precis of our 2018 Results & Recommendations report is as follows:

Download: GMDT Litter Report Summary (Nov 2018)