Autumn Event 2012

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RESCUE Autumn Event 2012: Clearing up of waterways and Woodlands

Our second Autumn clear up took place from 11th to 13th October.  Over 200 volunteers endured intermittent rain to clear 16 sites across Reading.  Two of our business teams were visited by the BBC who covered the event on the BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC South Today.

Thames Water (pictured above) had sponsored this event as well and supplied a big team of 130 volunteers to pick up litter along the river.

New organisations who took part were ORH Consultancy, who had their entire company out, Caversham Park Village Residents Association joined Caversham Globe to increase the coverage of the event north of the River Thames, Kyocera Document Solutions who worked near their offices in South Reading, and freshers from Wantage Hall at the University of Reading.

Mucky work it can be but everyone felt great after contributing to help keep their local environment clean for all to enjoy.

We had 10 teams this autumn who volunteered their time and effort to remove litter and sometimes hazardous rubbish from our surrounding i.e. Readings beautiful periphery. Overall, we managed to remove 4 tonnes of rubbish from the wild hotspot.

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All the volunteers at Waterloo Meadows led by Thames 21

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Newtown GLOBE & Kennet & Brunel Community Association at Horseshoe Bridge

Teams who came forward this autumn with their effort were:

Early Environment group and town council, SOLO, Kyocera Document Solutions, Caversham Park Pre-School, Thames Water, ORH, Caversham Park Village Residents Association, Caversham GLOBE, The Conservation Volunteers and Thames 21.

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Clear up: Along the canal in East Reading

Volunteers were keen on getting their community clean. Water ways like Thames canal (picture above) and open green spaces such as Brunel Park (below) were few hotspot to clear up amongst others.

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Brian & Pete from Southcote GLOBE at Brunel Park

From few years, we have tried to separate general rubbish to recyclables at collection point. Rubbish were collected in two different bags. Orange bag for general rubbish and recyclables like cans and plastic bottles were collected in clear bags.

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Cans and bottles separated for recycling

RESCUE Autumn event was also a highlight in media. Local media like BBC South Today and BBC Radio Berkshire had covered the event and volunteers had an opportunity to share their experience with them.

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BBC South Todays Roger Finn filming ORH Consultancy at Lousehill Copse

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Nicki Whiteman from BBC Radio Berks interviewing Tracey from Kyocera

The effort made by volunteers wouldn’t be compete without the help of RBC team who picked the rubbish up after collection.

Sponsors Thames Water said:  ‘Our staff were once again delighted to get involved in cleaning up Reading’s environmental spaces with Reading RESCUE. It’s great to be able to get out in the community and make a real difference’

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Jeff from Streetcare lending a hand

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A man with a legitimate van to take the rubbish from volunteers away

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Dave from Parks Department (RBC) in Lower Caversham

Few other interesting pictures from the event:

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Dave from Parks Department (RBC) in Lower Caversham

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All headgear welcome during RESCUE

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Church group in Waterloo Meadwos

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Martin & Clare, local volunteers

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Luke from Thames 21 explaining the affect Himalyan Balsam has on native plants

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Happy to be out of the office!

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