The Great British Spring Clean


Wellingborough Eco Group with Wellie Wombles

Group Litter Picks Return! Following today’s government announcement that groups of up to 30 can meet outdoors from next Monday; we are very pleased to say that we can now re-commence our group litter picks 🙂

On the last Saturday of every month, Wellingborough Eco Group normally carries out a two hour tidy up with numerous volunteers. This re-starts following the lifting of Covid restrictions for The Great British Spring Clean on Saturday 29th May and we are litter picking Croyland Gardens!

We will set up a recycling station in Morrison’s Car Park from 9:30 litter pick between 10am-12 midday. Wellingborough Norse lend us the equipment, so everything is provided. They also take away the litter we pick. Everyone is welcome!


Hand Sanitiser will be available, social distancing is a must, please do not come if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

More info at and join in at

A Busy Eco Week Coming Up

There are loads of Wellingborough Eco Group activities happening this week! We have five dates for activities coming up, hopefully you can join us?

Community Allotment – Working Parties

And there’s loads more to do at our Community Allotment, the good news is that we can restart our working parties from 29th March 🙂🤞 So if anyone is up for it, we propose that we simply have to do Monday 29th, say 10am until lunchtime(ish) then an Easter egg hunt!

Yes children are invited and Billy will be with Jonathan, but please note the ‘Rule of Six’ so we may not all be working together.

We also could do some building on Saturday afternoon (3rd April) from 1 onwards. There’s two sheds, a fence (posts are done) and a gazebo to do! Any help would be greatly appreciated 😉👍

Find out more on the Community Allotment webpage or on our Community Allotment Facebook group.

Tuesday Tidy Ups with Wellie Wombles

If you would like to do some litter picking during lockdown, you can individually or with members of your bubble; and loads of Wellie Wombles have been! You can join in with this on our Wellie Wombles Facebook Group

To help you, on each and every Tuesday afternoon, we have teamed up with the Victoria Centre and Wellingborough Norse to loan litter pickers, hi-vis, gloves and to give away bags.

It’s a call and collect service that you will need to register for. Find out more about Tuesday Tidy Ups and Wellie Wombles on our webpages.

Repair Club Live – our Fourth Fix

Repair Club Live gives you another way to get your items fixed or to learn new skills. We hold Zoom sessions fortnightly on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. A repairer will aim to fix something live, talking you through what needs doing.

On Tuesday (30th March) Simon will be looking at repairing a member’s iron and a local councillor’s hand held window cleaner. Who knows how he will get on, but hopefully we will have fun and a fix or two in an hour!

Find out more on the Repair Club webpage or on our Repair Club Facebook group.

Saturday Swap Shop – Easter Special!

This time we are asking ‘do you have anything to swap or are you looking to give an Easter Egg away?’

Live on Zoom, our fourth ‘Saturday Swap Shop’ has Easter as its theme! We will be hosted by the Victoria Centre, where we will invite you to swap with us and others. Join us on Saturday 3rd April, between 10:30 and 12:00 midday; it’s going to be fun, there might be chocolate and it’s free!

To keep you safe on Saturday, and so that you don’t have to share your details with everyone, please register by using the contact form on our Saturday Swap Shop webpage and we will email you back with the Zoom link

Do Join in with any of our activities if you can, if you would like further details or have any questions please send us a message using the form below (selecting the subject you are enquiring about would be helpful)

Advice on litter picking

From Public Health Northamptonshire

While we understand that litter picking is an important community activity and appreciate the volunteer effort, we want to make sure you are aware of the current guidelines and that any community activity is Covid secure to minimise risk of infection.

The Government has announced from 8 – 29th March 2021 people will be allowed to leave home for recreation and exercise outdoors with their household or support bubble, if they
are eligible for one, or with one person from outside their household. From 29 March, outdoor gatherings either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed.

Any litter picking must be compliant with social distancing and COVID rules. You should not encourage people to volunteer outside of their local area or arrange for large groups to meet.

People must maintain a 2 metre distancing outdoors unless from the same household, with use of hand sanitisers and face coverings. Furthermore, litter picking may involve littered face masks and gloves, and any items which may have been in contact with the virus, and so precautions must be taken to wear gloves and not pick up any litter by hand, using only litter
picking equipment.

Local authorities and the police will continue to provide support and advice, enabling groups to operate safely. Where people do not follow the rules, the appropriate enforcement action
will be taken.

Further information on the guidance can be found here

We of course do have this guidance in place for our Womble activities and our Tuesday Tidy Ups. This can be found both on the about section of the Wellie Wombles group on Facebook at and on our website at

Alleyway Clearances Needed


Marion and Chris litter picked the alleyways around Colwell Road on Tuesday, filling 12 bags! Not bad for a few ours on a Tuesday Tidy Up afternoon! Well done both!

If litter pickers are up for a challenge, there are loads more alleyways to clear up before they are gated off. These are located near to the Victoria Centre, so easy to walk to on our Tuesday Tidy Ups.

Have a look at the map, which shows where they are being installed. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Work starts installing the gates on Monday. Thanks all 🙂

Litter Picking Croyland Park

On Saturday morning, Wellingborough Eco Group litter picked Croyland Park between 10 and 12. This was our fourth monthly two hour tidy up and, as usual, it was on the last Saturday of the month. Our recycling station was based in the car park on Kingsway.

Thank you to our 22 litter pickers Liz, Sarah P, Emma, Billy, Jonathan, Moira, Bridget, Saloma, Suzanne, Claire, Aaron, Sarah C, Charlotte, Lucy, Nial, Inese, Julian, Catrina, Darragh, Jocelyn, Brian and Marion. Thank you Wellingborough Norse for lending us the equipment and for promptly collecting what we picked up.

As you will see in the following photos, we cleared up a huge amount of rubbish. The two van loads collected by our volunteers, included a motor bike, 3 shopping trolleys, 2 bicycles, a microwave, lots of tyres and lots of bottles, cans and crisp packets. Well done all!


We also planted an Sycamore tree in the park afterwards. The location for the tree was chosen by Claire, who started the Welly Trees campaign and lives nearby.

Litter Picking in January

On Saturday 25th January, Wellingborough Eco Group will be litter picking in Croyland Park. We will be setting up from 9:30 in the public car park on the Kingsway, to litter pick between 10 and 12. Look out for our recycling station and for our yellow hi-vis vests.

Wellingborough Norse have kindly agreed to lend us the equipment and to collect the rubbish. We will of course recycle as much as we can.

Our monthly two hour tidy up this month is to litter pick one of the most used parks in Wellingborough, and we plan to carry out litter picks on the last Saturday of every month. Litter pickers this month decide where the next location will be next month.

Find our more about this and show that you are coming at To keep up to date with all of our activities join Wellingborough Eco Group at

Join us to make Croyland Park tidier for the hundreds of people that enjoy the park, and a healthier place to live for wildlife too. All welcome!