In total, 18 bags of rubbish were collected from around the park, with 29 people working for a combined 62 hours to clean up the green space.
Nene Park reports that litter and waste collection costs the Trust £50,000 per year, with flytipping adding an additional £3,500 to that total.
The community litter pick was held on June 1, with members of the public invited to visit the park and borrow a sanitised litter picker and bin bag and get involved with the national campaign. The youngest participant was 18 months old, but people of all ages turned up – and were rewarded with a Nene Park litter picker sticker.
In addition to the event open to the public, 28 volunteer rangers completed a further 115 hours of litter picking in the period May 28 to June 13.
Six kayakers also arranged an 18-hour litter pick around Gunwade Lake.
A number of litter picking events for Nene Park Trust staff were also held across Peterborough, with 22 people completing 22 hours out and about in Central Park, Oundle Road, Lincoln Road and Dogsthorpe.
In total, the Trust completed 14,070 minutes of litter picking. This translated into 703.5 miles for the Keep Britain Tidy campaign, which surpassed its target of a million miles of litter picking completed.
Hannah Keeley, project officer (communities) for Nene Park Trust, said: “Our amazing volunteer rangers and park management team collect litter across all areas of Nene Park every day of the year.
“It was wonderful to support them and the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign with the community litter pick and meet people of all ages giving up their time to help the park. The community came together to tackle a common issue. Thank you to all involved.”
Litter not only needs to be disposed of when using the park, but disposed of properly. Incorrect waste in the recycling bins often means the contents need to be sent to general waste instead, which has been described as “disappointing”. The Trust has urged the public to dispose of their litter responsibly and in the right bins.
Due to its popularity, the Trust is planning to put on more litter-picking events during the summer.