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Staff From M&S Help Pick Up Litter Along River Wey Towpath

Published on: 24 Apr, 2013
Updated on: 27 Apr, 2013

The fight against litter in Guildford got a welcome boost on Monday (April 22) as staff from Marks & Spencer got involved in a mass litter pick on the National Trust-owned River Wey and Godalming Navigations.

These staff from the Guildford Marks & Spencer store managed to litter pick all the way from Dapdune Wharf to Millmead Lock. They are pictured in front of the Alice statue at Millmead.

These members of staff from the Guildford branch of Marks & Spencer managed to litter pick all the way from Dapdune Wharf to Millmead Lock. They are pictured in front of the Alice statue at Millmead.

Marks & Spencer staff met at the National Trust’s visitor centre Dapdune Wharf to collect litter along the towpath and surrounding areas. 

Those involved were volunteers from stores all over the local area including Guildford, Brooklands, Dorking, Redhill, Reigate and Fleet.

Although this event was run by the National Trust, it was part of a national campaign organised by the Marine Conservation Society known as the Big Beach and Waterways Clean-up – an initiative that Marks & Spencer staff will be getting involved in all over the UK.

With the sun shining the day proved very enjoyable and was a great success with six sacks of recycling and 13 sacks of rubbish being collected, along with some more unusual items such as two car tyres, a shopping trolley and even a television. 

Richard Cant, the National Trust’s Stoke lengthsman (and the writer of The Guildford Dragon NEWS’s Richard’s Wey column) said afterwards: “It was great to receive this extra help as litter is a constant battle, and we couldn’t exist without the help of volunteers. 

“It’s also given us the chance to highlight the issue of litter and point out other essential work that goes on along the Wey Navigations that often goes unnoticed”.

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