Litter picks and cycle path clearance

Unfortunately we have had to CANCEL our next litter pick and cycle path tidy which would have taken place on Saturday 7th November 2020. We will try again but can’t say at this stage when it will be rescheduled to.

This is what we had planned: Provided COVID-restrictions do not ratchet up, we will run a reduced litter pick at 14.00 on Saturday 7th November. Please come to the garage at 11 Margett Street CB24 8QY (opposite the Library) where we will be allocating routes and equipment. We will provide litter grabbers, hoops and bags but bring your own gloves and hi-vis (plus clothing and footwear suitable for the weather). People will be able to work with other members of their household/bubble. Unfortunately, it won’t be possible to provide refreshments at the end of the day.

The cycle path team will meet at usual at the Village Green at 14.00 on the same day – please bring spades, secateurs, brooms etc if you have them to hand. The more people who turn up the more of the Histon Rd cycle path we can tidy – and maybe even work on the Rampton Rd path.

It is even more important this time that we know in advance how many people might be coming to either event. So please email Peter Pilbeam on  or phone Christine Ward on 01954 251813 to let us know in advance.

We conduct twice yearly litter picks in spring and autumn.

There was a yellow weather warning for high winds issued for the day of the November 2019 Cottenham village litter pick and cycle path tidy which meant our new hoops (donated by South Cambs District Council) were especially welcome. SCDC had also just given us our own orange hi-vis waistcoats and 30 new grabbers so we were keen to put them to full use!

Where possible we collected the bottles, cans and plastics into separate clear bags since they could be recycled if not too dirty. This meant that roughly half of the impressive piles of collected litter (some of which is shown here) could potentially avoid landfill.

There was also a small team who worked on cleaning up and clearing encroaching vegetation on Histon Road and Rampton Road cycle paths. The level of litter along these verges was much greater than in the village – often cans, bottles and fast food packaging discarded from cars. It is both disfiguring and damaging to the environment and risky for volunteers to collect.

Just as the weather turned drizzly the litter pickers returned to base for hot drinks, squash and home-made cakes and a chat with fellow volunteers.

Sustainable Cottenham would like to thank the 60 or so volunteers who took part, despite the blustery conditions. About half of them were youngsters including 15 Cubs. This translated to about 140 hours of volunteer time – definitely one of our most well supported events.

Hopefully sunshine next time??  Details of the April 2020 date in due course!

NB for all our litter pick events, children may take part provided they are under the close supervision of a responsible adult.  Equipment will be provided but wear suitable clothing for the weather – we will still go ahead even if it rains.

It is a great help if we know in advance how many people might be taking part, so please let us know, preferably by emailing Peter Pilbeam on or phoning the Chris Ward on 01954 251813