Plastic Free Letchworth run litter picks as part of the Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring and Autumn Beach Cleans. We also run a Litter Picking Event at the Letchworth Festival. We are keen to work with other groups to increase the frequency and coverage of Litter Picks held in the town.
We are aware of a number of other groups in Letchworth who undertake Litter Picks. These are:
- LALG – Blitz an Open Space
- Bed, Bucks and Herts Geocaching who have a Cache In Trash Out (CITO) initiative
- North Herts Road Runners
- Friends of Norton Common
Local groups arranging Litter Picks will need to ensure they have appropriate insurance and have conducted a risk assessment, TTLs Litter Picking Risk Assessment can be found here. NHDC have advice available from their website, and can loan equipment from their Buntingford office. The Plastic Free Letchworth Team are working with North Herts Road Runners to get a set of Litter Pickers located in Letchworth for local organisations to borrow.
Open Spaces in Letchworth come under different organisations’ ownership. It’s important to notify the relevant organisation about your intention to undertake a litter pick so they can be prepared to collect any bags of litter and to deal with any hazardous items you may need to notify them about that require specialist removal. As a rough guideline, the Greenway is the responsibility of Letchworth Heritage Foundation, parks and paths are generally the responsibility of NHDC but some of the paths and green spaces on the housing estates are the responsibility of Settle.
Plastic Free Letchworth are keen to see Litter Picking stations in Letchworth which will support individuals who want to help keep the town clean when out and about. Information has been found on Litter Picking stations that are installed in other places and feasibility discussions are ongoing with North Hertfordshire District Council and Letchworth Heritage Foundation.