Join the JEP's Countryside Clean-Up on Sunday
ISLANDERS can come together and 'send a message' that Jersey takes environmental issues seriously by joining the first Countryside Clean-Up this Sunday, its organiser has said.
Adults, children, families and even pets are being encouraged to head to one of eight parish halls or Noirmont Point at 10 am on Sunday – rain or shine – for the first event which is being organised by the JEP's ecoJersey team.
Volunteers will then be sent out to scour the parish for litter in an unprecedented drive to clean up as much of the Island’s countryside as possible.
Bags and gloves will be provided, though volunteers, who can donate as much time as they like, are encouraged to bring their own where possible.
The nine parishes, which are each sponsored by a different local business, being targeted in this Sunday's clean-up are;
– St Helier: Jersey Electricity (meet at Noirmont Point in St Brelade)
– Trinity: Affinity Private Wealth
– St Brelade: JP Restaurants
– St Mary: Green Laundry Room
– St Peter: Butterfield Bank
– St Ouen: Blue Ocean Fund
– Grouville: Channel Islands Co-operative Society
– St Saviour: JEP
– St Lawrence: Pinnacle Fund
Charles Troy, editor of the JEP's ecoJersey magazine, said: 'This Sunday's event is about bringing the Island together and showing that people care. We can send a message that Jersey takes environmental issues seriously and send a message to government too.
'People can come down and give as much time as they can. Meet at the parish and go for a walk, socialise with others and meet like-minded people.'
He added: 'We would also encourage those who can to walk to the parish hall to do so. If walking isn't possible car-share or cycle. The main thing is for people to come together, connect with the countryside, have fun and do something great at the same time.'
The Country-Side Clean-Up is the first in a series of community events and initiatives organised by the JEP’s ecoJersey team.
The Countryside Clean-up will be followed by the JEP’s second Coastal Clean-up in June, which comes after last year’s successful event in which volunteers removed litter from several of the Island’s beaches and seaside paths.
The two events planned for this year follow the launch of the JEP’s new quarterly magazine, ecoJersey, which focuses on local environmental issues in a global context. It was created to engage, inform and encourage readers to think about their impact on the environment, bring Islanders together and promote positive action.