Why is Sarah Warner of inland Rockwell Green fundraising for Surfers Against Sewage at the All Saints’ Church Garden Fete to be held in her garden at The Old Vicarage in Rockwell Green on Sunday 22nd July 12-30 till 4pm with Live Music, Bar, Light Lunches, Cream Teas and stalls. (You will also be able to wander into the coolness of the church and have a go at ringing the bells.)
Well here’s why, explains Sarah: “My son recently returned from New Zealand having travelled close to some of the islands of plastic waste in some areas of the Pacific. He was horrified at the rate at which these waste areas were accumulating plastic rubbish.
“I felt I needed to find a charity which was working to highlight this issue and SAS (Surfers Against Sewage) fitted the bill perfectly because it’s a South West based charity who was keen to be involved and already has projects that are helping to tackle this issue on a local level.
“They are famed for their coastal ‘Litter Picks’ but have also been involved with clean-ups that are non-coastal as well.I am hopeful that a ‘Beach Style’ clean up can be organised here next year. Isobel Ward and Wellington Town Transition Group seem to be keen to get this off the ground.
“I am regularly frustrated when out walking or cycling in our beautiful countryside around Wellington by the ever increasing amount of litter – mostly single use containers – which are littering the countryside. I decided to take a walk over Linden Hill and Burchills Hill curious to see how much waste I could find. Several carrier bags should do the job….. !
“Wrong! Two large and heavy black sacks later stuffed full of a variety of classics: A boot, somebody’s broken picnic table and several hundred single use containers that their owners couldn’t be bothered to take home. I am surfing through the items I picked up on my walk!”