Litter-picking children spruce up Uckfield nature reserve

Two Uckfield children have started on a mission to pick up the litter they have been seeing on daily walks.

Their mother Stephanie Skerritt started out by telling Jasmine and Thomas not to touch the litter because of the Coronavirus but they were so desperate to help pick it up that she has bought them some litter pickers.

They went on their first trip yesterday with just one bin bag and Stephanie was surprised by how much rubbish there was.

Jasmine and Thomas Skerritt after their first litter picking trip in Hempstead Meadows Nature Reserve. They plan to go back because there’s more work to be done.

She told Uckfield News: “I foolishly thought we wouldn’t get that much but alas we will have to make another trip,” she said.

“All of this was found in the nature reserve along Hempstead Meadow.

“Most of it was alcohol-based bottles, cans, lids. Lots of fizzy drinks, bottles and cans. There was a spray paint can, filled bags of dog poo, and lots of other general rubbish.

“We got rather muddy and although Jasmine and Thomas were sad to see so much rubbish, they were also very happy to be helping by picking it up and making the nature reserve a nicer place for people and animals.”

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