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Innovative litter picking

This month Transition Town West Kirby, a collective of several community groups including The High Tidiers, partnered with The Friends of Grange Community Park to host some innovative workshops.

Workshops took place on Wednesday 8 and 22 January at Making Space and saw attendees create hoops from willow cuttings, for future litter picks.

Willow is an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic, often used for litter hoops, and an effective material for the job, being supple enough to create the designs and biodegradable. These workshops also saw willow hurdles created to protect small trees.

The hoops are simple to make and don’t require any string or tape, so if you didn’t get a chance to attend one of these workshops and would like to make your own willow hoop, you will simply need:

  • Willow cuttings
  • Thin willow twigs to knot the hoops

The willow hoops created at these workshops have enabled The High Tidiers to increase their stock of willow hoops for future litter picks.

If you would like to attend one of their litter picks, the next ones take place on:

  • Sunday 9th February, 10am - 12pm at Thurstaston Common (Meet at Thurstaston Common Car Park, Telegraph Road CH61 0HH)
  • Sunday 23rd February, 10am - 12pm at West Kirby Beach (Meet at Hilbre Tides Notice Board)
  • Sunday 15th March, 10am - 12pm at Grange Hill Heath & Grange Park (Meet at the Lang Lane entrance to Grange Cemetery CH48 6DS)
  • Sunday 29th March, 10am - 12pm at West Kirby Beach (Meet at Hilbre Tides Notice Board)

All the sustainable willow cuttings supplied for these workshops were locally grown by The Friends of Grange Community Park.

The Making Space workshop was previously an empty shop that was offered to Transition Town West Kirby by Magenta Living, enabling inclusive and creative events like this to take place.