Date: 20th Jan 2021 Author: Tracey Daniell

Knaphill streets and parks are looking cleaner after 1st Knaphill Scout Group families took to the streets the first weekend of the New Year litter pickers in hand. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts always get together on the first Saturday of the New Year to clean up the village with a litter pick, but due to Covid restrictions were unable to meet up this year, instead group members were challenged to do a litter pick individually close to home.

Group Scout Leader Tracey Daniell said ‘Sadly we couldn’t get the group together to do a litter pick this year, but it was great to see so many of our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts continuing the tradition of our New Year Litter pick independently. The amount of litter collected was truly shocking with a huge amount on the roadside verges, presumably thrown out of car windows. The pavements and verges look a lot cleaner for the moment, but sadly it won’t be long before litter mounts up again.’

As always there were some unusual finds by our team: Beaver Arthur found a 2kg weight & Beaver James found sticks of celery!

Cerys, aged 7, said ‘I was surprised at how much litter there was. I found lots of rockets that must have been fired off on New Years Eve’. Emily, aged 10, said ‘It was a shame we couldn’t do the litter pick together with all the other Cubs like we usually do, but it was still fun and I enjoyed doing it. I found a huge plastic marker and lots of car bumper bits.’

A huge thank you to all our wonderful parents for making this work!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls