Brightling Village litter pick – Saturday 17th April, starting at 9:30 outside the village hall

A message from Jane Oxenford

I find it so upsetting seeing the verges of our lovely lanes strewn with rubbish. Supermarket carrier bags snagged in the hedges and strands of ripped plastic and paper fluttering in the wind immediately catch the eye while the grass tends to hide whatever people toss out of their car windows as they are driving along. Why, at this time of year, should primroses, celandines, the emerging leaves of early purple orchids, indeed all our wild flowers, battle with bottles, boxes of fast food debris, sweet papers, beer cans (a favourite in Kent Lane) dumped on top of them?

I know that many villagers nobly pick up other people’s rubbish on their walks throughout the year but please, please, come and help with the Annual litter clear up. This entails walking a stretch of Brightling roadside verge and bagging up what rubbish you can collect.

David Gasson has organised this event for many years and would be delighted to hear from you if you can spare some time to help this year. He will allot you a section to clear.If you are free on Saturday 17th April, please meet outside the Village Hall at 9.30 am. If not, you may obviously do your patch when it suits you best. The Parish Council will be providing number of pairs of gloves, large bags and tongs or, of course, do bring your own.

Please ring David on 01424 838 481, or drop him a note, or send me an email to and I will pass your message on.

Jane Oxenford