Following the success of the Get On Board paddle board plastic clear-up in June 2018, Be Richmond have funded two 2 Minute Litter Pick boards for use in Richmond.
Initially the A-frame boards will be located on the towpath outside The Bingham hotel and The White Cross pub and will then be used throughout Richmond town centre.
The boards which hold litter grabbers and rubbish bags, ask passers-by to use the equipment to (i) pick up litter, (ii) take it to the nearest bin, (iii) return the grabber and bag before, (iv) posting a selfie on social media using the hashtag #BeRichmondUK.
Working with Local Residents and Local Charity
The idea to bring the boards to Richmond came from local resident Caroline Chester who suggested it to Colin Cooper, Chief Executive of South West London Environment Agency (SWLEN). Colin, who had supported the paddle board event, then approached Be Richmond to help make the idea happen.
The 2 Minute Litter Pick campaign was the brainchild of Martin Dorey who launched it as a #2MinuteBeachClean in Cornwall in 2014. The campaign proved highly successful and quickly evolved into #2MinuteLitterPick.
Erick Kervaon, Chairman of Be Richmond and General Manager of the Bingham said:
‘The 2 Minute Litter Pick boards are a natural progression from our hugely successful paddle board plastic clear-up event in the summer. One of our key objectives at Be Richmond is to enhance the environment and make Richmond an even nicer place for residents, businesses and visitors to live in, work in and explore. We are delighted to be working with SWLEN on this important project and look forward to seeing all the posts on social media.’
Colin Cooper of SWLEN added:
‘I’d also like to thank The Bingham and White Cross pub for helping our project and being the ‘guardians’ of the 2 Minute Litter Pick boards.’
Sara Kerton, General Manager, White Cross Pub said:
‘We are privileged to manage a business on Richmond Riverside, one of the most beautiful places in London. Growing up in New Zealand we had ‘Be a Tidy Kiwi’ campaign and I’m pleased to play our part in this project to help keep our pristine riverside free of litter.’
Caroline Chester and daughter, Erick Kervaon, Colin Cooper, Ellen Storrar (Be Richmond Manager) and Councillor Pamela Fleming
Colin Cooper, Councillor and Cabinet Member Geoff Acton, Sarah Kerton, Pamela Feming and Ellen Storrar
About Be Richmond
Be Richmond is the ‘brand persona’ of the Richmond Business Improvement District (BID) which launched in 2016.
SWLEN’s work spans three distinct areas:
Parks and open spaces – supporting local communities to protect and enhance local green spaces.
Species and habitat protection – facilitating the preservation of local biodiversity, and promoting the conservation and improvement of the natural environment.
Sustainability and community development projects – encouraging and educating local people and organisations to think and act sustainability, including saving energy, raising awareness of the benefits of recycling and waste reduction, composting, food growing, water conservation, and air quality.