Patricia Almond and the Cunmore Cleaners
Patricia Almond – Patricia joined CPRE Isle of Wight after President Bill Bryson’s involvement in the ‘Stop the Drop’ campaign, taking over the group’s ad-hoc litter campaign and properly organising it. She presents awards to other individuals and groups who have helped clear up litter on the Isle of Wight and has increased public awareness of this work through local media coverage. Patricia has produced kit bags for litter-pickers which are placed around the Island and are ready for instant use. She was invited to be interviewed on the radio about CPRE’s litter campaign on the Isle of Wight which helped raise even more awareness.
Cunmore Cleaners – This twice-yearly community event across an area of 10 square miles and involving over 100 volunteers of all ages began with a small advertisement in the parish newsletter. The event has successfully engaged the local district and parish councils, schools, community groups and local businesses, and also has a positive working relationship with local waste contractors. A bursary award has now been set up for students at the local secondary school, where students receive funding for a study, some research or other activity linked to engaging young people in fighting litter. The project is organised with no budget, no committee and no rules, just a “positive, shared belief, lots of common sense and old-fashioned courtesy”.