Locals loath lake litter

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MORE than 100 volunteers gave up their spare time last week to give Willen Lake a much-needed tidy up.

As part of the week long Respect Willen Lake initiative, kind hearted locals helped picked up more than 70kgs of rubbish left around the south lake.

The campaign included members of the Environmental Enforcement Team from the Safer Communities Unit at Milton Keynes Council patrolling the park and Thames Valley Police and The Parks Trust talking to visitors about the dangers of using disposable BBQ’s in the parks.

Local businesses Aerial Extreme, The Lakeside at Willen Lake South, Whitecap Leisure, Tesco and The Barge at Woolstone generously donated prizes which were awarded to people who were seen taking their litter home with them.

NAG Chair, Catherine Chard, said: “The NAG is made up of residents and members of different agencies and its sole role is to come up with new ways of tackling problems raised by the local community.

“Willen Lake is a fantastic place to visit and we want to thank all of those people who supported our campaign by taking their litter home with them.”

Dawn Morland, Community Ranger at the Parks Trust said: “We spend approximately £45,000 a year on clearing rubbish from around Willen Lake – and this doesn’t include the great work done by our volunteers.

“If more visitors took their litter home with them, this money could be better spent on caring for the landscape, improving facilities in the parks and offering more community events.”