‘Much less litter’ found in Northampton’s Abington Park after day two of warm weather

Two big bins were placed in the middle of the playing fields and a volunteer handed out bags to groups in the park

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 10:31 am
Much less litter was found left behind this morning (April 1). Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

‘Much less litter’ was found in Abington Park this morning (April 1) after day two of warm weather in Northampton

In the aftermath of Tuesday (March 30), there was a huge amount of litter left behind, which volunteers and council staff had to clear up yesterday morning (March 31).

The state that parks across the borough - not just Abington Park - were left in caused anger and outrage among residents on social media and sparked many individuals and authorities speaking out, pleading with people to take their litter home.

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The sea of litter found yesterday morning (March 31). Photo: Katie Perry.

Thankfully the amount of litter found in Abington Park today following on from day two of the warm weather yesterday was significantly reduced, according to one of the volunteer litter pickers.

Chris Calnan, who has litter picked early in the morning for the last two days, said: “There were just as many people out in the park yesterday, but there was much less litter left behind.

“There were two large bins placed on the playing fields by the council and one of the members of our group went round to groups who were in the park in the evening handing out bags.

“We had 10 people out this morning litter picking, but we saw much less litter than yesterday.

“The good news is the onset of the colder weather will help stop more litter being produced and once pubs open it will take the pressure off parks.

“For some people, it has been like the end of term, when you go crazy, which is what happened.

“People wanted to get out and about and meet friends, but that has now happened so hopefully the litter will now simmer down.”

The plea remains in place to everyone who may use parks across the borough to please put your litter in a bin or take it home if the bin is full.

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