IT’S ALL A LOAD OF RUBBISH FOR LOCAL LANDMARC STAFF

Kind-hearted Landmarc employees from Wiltshire have proven that litter is a ‘load of old rubbish’ with their latest clean up on Salisbury Plain. Over 30 bags of rubbish were collected alongside a trailer of larger items, including pallets, metal and wood, building materials, a pram and even a dog bed!

The Landmarc team from Head Office enjoying a day out litter picking at Salisbury Plain to help celebrate Give and Gain Day. From L to R, Ben Sears – Sustainability Advisor, John Reid – CDM Advisor, Clive Comport – Head of QSHE, Julie Clegg – NSC Call Agent, Bill Willmott – Projects Requirements Manager, Chris Hollis – Team Leader, Dave Atolagbe – Site Operative, Alex Jones – Sustainability Advisor, Jo Cornish – Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Amanda Williams – Sustainability Manager, Anne Dempsey – Asset & Maintenance Manager and Team Manager for South West Mark Dunkerley.

Announced on Give and Gain Day , a celebration of those businesses that are making a positive contribution in their local area, the litter pick is part of Wiltshire Council’s #CleanUpWilts campaign. This is a countywide awareness campaign to encourage local communities to keep the countryside clean and help to save £2.5 million a year in clear up costs.

Landmarc, which manages the Ministry of Defence National Training Estate for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), is a main sponsor of the campaign and has been highlighting the ongoing issue of fly tipping across the Estate through a series of events.

Fiona Mcknight-Burton, Communications Coordinator from Landmarc, who organised the litter pick said, “We are very fortunate to live and work in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, but we have seen first-hand the problems that fly tipping and littering causes across the Estate.

“Last year alone we spent over £29,000 on more than 200 separate fly-tipping incidents and sadly, it’s an upward trend, with more and more incidences of waste being dumped needlessly on the Plain.

“We want to help the countryside fight back and ensure that the area remains a safe place for our military to train as well as a beautiful place for people to enjoy. Our thirteen willing volunteers from our head office in Tilshead worked tirelessly throughout the day at two locations; Ashdown Terrace in the centre of Tidworth and then the southern transit route in North Tidworth.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was great to be out in the fresh air and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff involved for making such a difference!”

 

As well as raising awareness of the penalties and consequences of fly-tipping, the #CleanUpWilts campaign is also focusing on fast-food-on-the-go litter and continues to encourage community litter picks and clean ups. Further information can be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/cleanupwilts