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Taking Part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup

This week is the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup. Running from Friday 20th through to Friday 27th of January, Outdoor Bloggers across the country will all be getting out in their local environment and spending an hour clearing up in support of the Meek Family's Clear Plastic UK Campaign - which aims to remove 100,000 plastic bottles, lids, cups, and straws from our wild spaces, matching the number of sea mammals killed each year from being trapped in plastic or eating it.

 

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

 

The task itself is simple. Get yourself outside (the more the merrier) for an hours walk, collecting all the rubbish you see while out, then count the pieces of plastic you have collected and share (with a photo of yourself of course!) on Instagram or Twitter using the campaign hashtag #Refuse4Good and tagging @ClearPlastic_UK. The plastic you have removed from the environment will then be added to the Meek Family's total which currently stands at a whopping 17,142 pieces.

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

 

So yesterday, we wrapped up warm and headed off to Neigh Bridge Country Park in the beautiful Cotswold Water Park, for our cleanup. The Cotswold Water Park is the largest inland man-made water feature in Europe, covering an area of 40 square miles, and containing more than 150 lakes set across the countryside of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire. The lakes have been created over the last 50 years by extraction of glacial Jurassic limestone gravel, which millions of years ago, eroded from the Cotswold Hills. These quarries, once the gravel has been extracted, are left to naturally fill with water, and are then managed by the Cotswold Water Park Trust for the benefit of local people, visitors and wildlife. We decided that Neigh Bridge Country Park was a perfect spot for our cleanup due to the Infant Thames running alongside the lake, meaning that any plastic rubbish left there, has a very real chance of ending up making it's way down to London, and out into the sea!

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

 

Sadly, it really wasn't hard to find plenty of rubbish, despite the site being very well catered for in the bin department!

 

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

Fortunately the kids (and dog) loved the challenge, and happily clambered through brambles and into the water to retrieve what they could.

 

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

We were lucky enough to have been sent some Supertreats Bars to try, which are a carob alternative to chocolate treat for kids that doesn't contain any refined sugar, caffeine or other nasties. It turns out they are super delicious, and were a perfect way to refuel after all our hard work - you can find find our Supertreats review here.

 

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

We were all shocked at how much rubbish we were able to collect in such a short time, as well as the plastic rubbish which is the focus of Clear Plastic UK Campaign, we also collected two bin liners of other rubbish including numerous glass bottles and cans.

 

This weekend we took part in the Big Outdoor Bloggers Cleanup, where outdoor bloggers all over the country are getting out and supporting the Clear Plastic UK campaign to remove plastic litter from our outside spaces ensuring it never ends up in the sea causing more damage to the world's marine life.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Nikki

    This is the coolest thing. The kids will remember helping out for a long time, what a great memory. And I’m sure that they will not be dropping any Trash unless it’s in a garbage can. What a beautiful man made lake area, I hope that more people begin to watch where they dump their rubbish, it’s such a great place for families to spend time.

    January 27, 2017 at 3:53 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      The kids were so shocked about what people just leave around Nikki, they just don’t get it at all! It’s made all of us much more aware – we see rubbish everywhere we go now! It is a beautiful lake, it’s such a shame people don’t value what they’ve got more!

      January 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    It’s so sad that there would be so much rubbish in such a popular location. Good on you all for helping tidy it up! 🙂
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    January 26, 2017 at 6:17 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Elizabeth, your beach vlog was fascinating – I was amazed to see how far some of your rubbish had come x

      January 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Annette, Four Acorns

    Fantastic, well done! My kids enjoyed taking part too. What a fantastic idea to support Clear Plastic UK in that way! x
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    January 25, 2017 at 6:39 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Annette, it is great to get out and do something practical to make a difference. I’m sure your kids were the same, mine loved doing it – any excuse to splash into rivers and climb up banks!

      January 31, 2017 at 2:39 pm
  • Reply jeremy@thirstydaddy

    This is a great idea and a great campaign. We spend a lot of time hiking and it really annoys my daughter when we come across garbage

    January 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s great isn’t it Jeremy. Isn’t it awful that our pollution is reaching the most remote of places now.

      January 31, 2017 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Oh Sarah, it’s so refreshing seeing kids take part in an initiative like this. They will be the future of this beautiful planet of ours. Thank you for bringing them up to care, we need more parents like you in this world.

    January 24, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They really enjoyed their morning out collecting rubbish. Having the outlook that most kids have they really can’t get their heads around the fact that people can just leave rubbish like that – hopefully that attitude will always stay with them 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Kate Jamieson

    Well done! It’s awful how many people think it’s acceptable to just dump their rubbish. Hopefully one day it will change!

    January 24, 2017 at 9:48 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Yeah, we were really shocked by both how much we found, and the types of items – there’s loads of bins in that park so there really is no excuse!

      January 31, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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