On 27 March, the sun came out for a group of litter-pickers at Corhampton Golf Club, who wanted to tidy the boundaries of their course. “They’re known as ‘glitter-pickers’ to me,” said member and organiser Aelwen Emmett, “because of their dedication to making our course and surrounding environment look beautiful again!”

Aelwen went on: “This was the third time we’ve arranged a litter-pick at the club. We are so grateful to Alison Kukla, our community link to the Litter Partnership, and the two drivers from idverde who provide us safety support and take away the rubbish at the end.”

In total 13 members joined the effort, including the men’s and ladies’ captains, dividing into teams that tackled the inside boundaries of the course, and along Shepherds Farm Lane, and the main road from Corhampton to Bishop’s Waltham. After 40 minutes of intensive litter-picking, they collected 13 bags of rubbish, which were then loaded onto the vans. Afterwards, the group retired to the clubhouse for some well-deserved refreshments and a fun discussion about what they had found.

“The oddest objects were a pool table, a television and a stool, so we had a laugh about those!”, said Aelwen. “We also mused on the vast number of plastic tops discarded from takeaway coffee, the number of (empty) gin and whisky bottles (sometimes found with yoghurt pots), the mass of plastic bottles, an ‘L’ plate, three wing mirrors, and two number plates – from different cars! Once again Fosters and Red Bull topped the drink ‘du jour’ table! Oh, and we also found 15 golf balls!

“Of course, it’s such a shame that we have to do these litter-picks,” added Aelwen. “But we feel good about doing our bit to tackle the curse of litter, and we had some fun along the way. We will be arranging another session in the autumn.”