Big clean up brings to light unusual finds in Cowbeech village

Picture by Sally Wallis
Picture by Sally Wallis

The sun shone as volunteers rolled up their sleeves and took part in a big clean up in Cowbeech village.

More than 20 intrepid cleaners put on their fluorescent jackets and rubber gloves to delve through the foliage and pick up rubbish.

Cleaners said there was just as much rubbish as always with litter pickers gathering several bagfuls.

They said because of the wet weather there had been more plant growth and so they had to delve deeper into the greenery to find the rubbish.

This year the Cowbeech cleaners cleaned further afield, spreading the area to embrace Cowbeech Hill to Clippenham Corner, along Trolliloes Lane to Studdens Lane and down Hammer Lane to Sheepwash Bridge.

Some residents who live slightly outside the immediate area of the village picked up equipment and cleared the verges down to Stunts Green and Gingers Green.

One couple, unable to join in because of family commitments, got up early and cleaned Trolliloes Lane.

Wealden District Council’s waste contractor Kier provided tough rubber gloves, plenty of plastic sacks, and pick up sticks for the day.

People then set forth wearing their own luminous yellow jackets with the mission of cleaning up the village.

The clean up was organsied by Mary Ann Gordon who supported the volunteers on the day.

There were some unusual finds on the day.

In addition to the usual cans and food wrappings there were two wheel trims, chunks of rotting chip board, a large rotting root vegetable and a painting.

The painting is one of the most unusual finds by the volunteers.

Last year the spring clean up in the village exposed finds such as bits of car, hub caps, a drain pipe and a large pack of cardboard cups.

The year before (2012) litter pickers discovered a rusty preserving pan, a length of guttering, an exhaust pipe and several four litre milk containers.

The volunteers completed this year’s clean up with a walk in the sunshine, and then coffee and tea at St Michael’s Church, where they were also treated to some lemon drizzle cake.