Keynsham Memorial Park has become the first park in the area to receive a new 2 Minute Litter Picking Station, aimed at helping members of the public keep the green space free of litter.
The scheme has been inspired by the 2-minute beach cleans that are popular across the South West.
The Keynsham station, an initiative of the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation, aims to improve parks post-lockdown and support local communities who want to see nature rich and litter-free green spaces.
The new unit, developed in partnership with the 2 Minute Foundation, will provide litter picker equipment to help volunteers pick litter safely in their local park.
The first station was funded by Keynsham Town Council and is one of several that the Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation plan to introduce to other parks in the area.
The Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation has been working with ‘The Wombles’, Keynsham’s voluntary litter picking group on the launch of the station.
Erica Davies, the group’s founder, said: “Keynsham Wombles are so pleased to support the two minute litter pick station in the park.
“The best possible way to discourage littering is to make sure there is no litter already on show – so giving park goers the ability to pick up litter as it happens will have a huge impact on reducing the amount of litter in our beautiful park”.
Phoebe Dando, Bristol and Bath Parks Foundation Litter Station Co-ordinator added: “Keynsham Memorial Park is a wonderful green space that’s really enjoyed by the local community.
“The Litter Pick Station is located right next to the cafe and fun to use and I look forward to seeing park goers sharing their experiences on social media.”
Councillor David Biddleston of Keynsham Town Council said: ‘We are very happy to support such a worthwhile project.
“It’s exciting that local people are willing to get involved and to help keep our community clean and tidy.
“It’s wonderful to see an initiative like this that really goes to show people in Keynsham are community minded.”