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OUR ‘Get Involved’ pages explain a little of The Beyonder’s approach to protecting our beautiful Chilterns countryside.

So far, we’ve studied the research conducted by Clean Up Britain and are closely monitoring the success of their pioneering Now or Never project in Leamington Spa.

We have been impressed by their background research into behavioural change and convinced that part of the solution lies in community action to help clean up our countryside.

We’ve spoken to Peter Silverman about his one-man crusade to get the Highways Agency and local councils to clear up through roads and motorway slip roads, as chronicled on his Clean Highways website.

We’ve been encouraged by the fact that the littering problem is at last getting national exposure, most recently on this year’s BBC Springwatch series, when Michaela Strachan spoke to a number of groups in Bristol about their efforts to combat plastic pollution (below).

DfFhmjFXUAEZuoW.jpg largeAnd we loved the way that Michelle Medler and her friends in Kidderminster have rolled up their sleeves and recruited hundreds of helpers from youngsters to pensioners to join their Facebook group litter pick-up squad. A similar group was formed in Hereford last year by Emma Jones and Andrew Wood, who have also received backing and support from their local council.

Now, to work out the scale of the problem and the best way of solving it in the Chilterns, we’ve launched a ‘litter audit’ to find out exactly what’s going on in the heart of our circulation area.

The sweep of land from Marlow to Denham and up towards Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont St Peter and Chalfont St Giles is a beautiful part of south Buckinghamshire comprising the whole of South Bucks District, but also parts of Chiltern and Wycombe district council areas.

We have contacted a score of parish councils across this area to find out what they’re doing to cope with litter and fly-tipping, what problems they encounter and how much it all costs. We are also approaching the district councils who have the main responsibility for waste collection, and the county council who look after the highways and deal with fly-tipping complaints and waste disposal.

Once we hear back from the various authorities we should be in a better position to finalise our campaign plans – and advise you how you can help.

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IF YOU would like us to keep in touch with you about what we are up to and any local events we are planning, contact us at editor@thebeyonder.co.uk or by joining our Facebook group, The Beyonder.