Sunday, 16 November 2008

this clean and pleasant land??

I have always been a litter picker upper, this could be down to growing up in the countryside or as of late just irritated by the actions of others. This feeling has been reaffirmed as I now live within the New Forest so I can see first hand the rubbish that is dropped daily.

Whilst travelling through New Zealand, (and yes it is every bit as beautiful as the tv ads) and (I would love to live there one day) you can feel the respect everyone has for their country, I didn't see a scrap of litter any where and you wouldn't even dream of chucking a banana skin.

So why in a country where the people have unlimited access to the outdoors do they manage to keep it clean and new, whereas we with our limited outdoor pursuits do manage to choke it with plastic bottles and the like?

I've made a resolution, call it a 'new years resolution' if you want, I've already put it into action however; my vow is to carry a plastic bag with me and collect any rubbish I see. On one such outing I came home with 7 bottles and 2 cans! I might even keep a running total of items collected!! Lets keep Britain tidy!

Any excuse to post a picture from NZ!


Heart in the country said...

I know exactly what you mean Clare, my children have always been brought up not to drop litter....even if I did have to empty pockets full of rubbish before putting in the washing machine. But I am amazed at the number of kids of all ages who just drop their wrappers without a second thought, and amazingly many have their parents with them!

Love the picture of New Zealand, I would really love to go there one day, but I have a fear of flying which prevents me leaving our little island :0(

P.S Spooky but I've just noticed the word verification is Hypno! Is it trying to tell me something?

Selfsewn said...

Do it, you wont regret it!!

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Country Bliss said...

It is disgusting the amount of litter dropped isn't it? It amazes me when people pick up their dogs muck, put it in a plastic bag and throw it in the hedge!
Amazing photo.
Yvonne x

Louise said...

My dad does this, takes a bag out with him to pick up litter, don't forget in this day and age to be aware of discarded syringes though. Another modern habit which I am becoming more aware of is spittle, on my walk home from the station the pavements are covered in it, it's disgusting. x

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

beautiful pictures

Country Cottage Chic said...

Well done you! I'm proud of you for helping to keep our country litter free & beautiful. It's one of my pet hates too.

Mrs Moog said...

Gorgeous views of the Forest. We don't get over there nearly enough at the moment. It always grieves me to see how dirty people are - dropping litter anywhere is dreadful but in a beautiful place like the New Forest it really angers me.

A couple from Petersfield recently paid for their honeymoon by collecting cans and plastic bottles and taking them to Tesco for clubcard points!

I think your idea of taking a bag out with you is great and I think I may have to do the same.