A ONE-WOMAN anti-litter whirlwind has been named in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List.
Patricia Almond, litter picking co-ordinator for the Isle of Wight branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), features in the sixth edition of the list, which names 100 inspiring people, who have selflessly enriched the lives of others in the past year.
The national newspaper said Mrs Almond, who lives in Whitwell, had inspired people to keep the Island’s countryside clean, produced litter-picker kit-bags made out of recycled Cowes Week sailcloth and had encouraged residents to 'think litter’.
Mrs Almond’s main project has been to support and co-ordinate litter picks and present awards on behalf of the branch to groups which have helped clear up litter on the Island.
She also produced litter pickers’ kit bags, containing such things as grabbers, bag hoops, gloves and tabards.
The latest 'Stop the Drop’ campaign has seen anti-litter posters pinned up in schools and on parish notice boards.
Speaking to the CP, Mrs Almond, who last year picked up the Marsh Award for a Beautiful and Litter Free Countryside, emphasised the importance of keeping the Island tidy to help boost tourism, crucial to the Island’s economy.
She said: "Our Island used to be known as a clean place to come on holiday but now, I am sorry to say, it isn’t. People on the mainland are noticing it and are choosing other places to go."
She urged David Thornton, chief executive of Visit Isle of Wight, the new tourism body, to get down to basics and use part of his budget on galvanising Islanders to tidy up the countryside.
"Come on, let’s get this litter sorted out because the road verges are disgusting," she said.