Group of 25 people stood behind some full bin bags

Giving Engine Lonning a spring clean to get it back on track

Members of the community close to the Engine Lonning nature reserve joined forces with us last Saturday for a litter pick as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

In just over an hour, they collected more than 13 bags of rubbish … and an ironing board frame!

Jenni Payne, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator said:

It was great to see so many people of all ages coming out to help spruce up their local green space and make it a cleaner, healthier place for people to enjoy and for wildlife to thrive.

Now is the ideal time to clear our outdoor spaces of any litter that may have built up over winter before plants and grasses grow too long and make the litter harder to see and reach.

This event was supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of Eden Rivers Trust’s Access to Eden: breaking barriers, building bridges partnership project, providing opportunities for people to get out and enjoy their local rivers and green spaces and take action to protect them so that everyone else can too.

Find out more about the Access to Eden project and browse opportunities to get involved and help the trust improve Eden’s rivers and green spaces.

Photos: Stuart Walker Photography

People litter picking

Four-legged friends were welcome to help with the litter picking!

Black dog poo bag hanging from a branch

Dog poo bags hanging in trees - a frequent, visible problem on this site.

People litter picking, seen through a decorative metal grate

Volunteers picking up litter near the entrance to the nature reserve.

Person holding two dirty glass bottles, a bin bag and a litter picker

Glass bottles off for recycling

Group of 25 people stood behind some full bin bags

The volunteers and members of the local community who joined us to take part in a litter pick and environmental survey of the land between the River Eden and Newtown road in Carlisle known as Engine Lonning. The land is the site of former railway locomotive engine sheds.


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