IF you were near Lord Sheldon Way, Ashton, on February 3, it wasn’t revolution you could sense in the air, it was Plogolution.
Plogging is a new activity that combines jogging with picking up litter. Originally London-based it has begun to expand and following a meeting with the council’s Operations and Greenspace Service, Tameside now has the North’s first plogging club – Plogolution.
Members recently held their first event with the help of the Village Hotel, Ashton, and bin bags and litterpickers supplied by Operations and Greenspace.
Almost 30 volunteers took part. They chose between a 2km walk and a 5km run, and managed to clear a large area. Most of what they collected was the usual bottles and tins, but they also found a children’s slide, a power washer, a fire extinguisher and an electric heater.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m very happy to support Plogolution. What they are doing helps us to achieve two of our key priorities for the borough.
“By jogging they’re encouraging people to be active and stay healthy. By picking up litter, they’re keeping their areas clean and tidy, and showing residents they should take pride in their communities and greenspace.
“Plogolution are setting a fine example and I wish them every success.”
Dermot Kavanagh and Michelle Parkes, the founders of plogging, both came up from London for the February 3 event. It was so successful that a follow-up has been arranged for Sunday, March 10.
The club’s aim is to support fit and happy communities that are dedicated to protecting the environment so that the planet can be handed down to future generations. Plogs help to get rubbish off our streets and away from rivers and seas while raising endorphin levels at the same time.
For more information, or to sign up for the next Ashton plog, visit https://plogolution.com
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