Pencaitland & District Garden Club proposed

Are you a keen gardener? Would you like to works with others of a similar mind to help improve the community environment by sharing your skills, knowledge and expertise?

The Community Council has recently been approached by village members keen to see both a local garden club and possibly garden open days take place in and around Pencaitland.

Would you like to help setting up a local Garden Club for the Pencaitland area? Click to email your contact details.Are you a keen gardener? Would you like to works with others of a similar mind to help improve the community environment by sharing your skills, knowledge and expertise?

The Community Council is keen to hear from you if you would like to help. Please send your contact information to website@pencaitland.org or phone 01875 340 641.

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Great turnout for 2012 Pencaitland Litter Pick-Up

Many thanks to all those who helped make our annual Litter Pick-up a success this year, despite the constant threat of rain. We had over 50 kids and parents, plus our local MP Fiona O’Donnell and primary school Head Mary McCall at the event.

Many thanks to all those who helped make our annual Litter Pick-up a success this year, despite the constant threat of rain. We had over 50 kids and parents, plus our local MP Fiona O’Donnell and primary school Head Mary McCall at the event.

Pencaitland's Litter Pick-up 2012What did we find?

  • Rugby Ball
  • Clothes
  • Woolly hat
  • Car bonnet
  • Old garage sign blown away during the winter storms
  • Drinks cans
  • Huge numbers of cigarette butts
  • Glass and plastic bottles and much more…

Next year let’s get even more of you out on the day.

You can also view more snaps on the Pencaitland photo page on Facebook.

Finally, we ran a raffle for all kids who took part in this year’s event with head teacher Mary McCall doing the honours and selecting the winning ticket. Heather Hamilton (lucky number 20) was the winner of the prize of a Fujifilm digital camera, case and 4GB memory card, making her the official event photographer for next year’s litter pick-up.

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Today is Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Did you know, according to the Word Wildlife Fund each tonne of paper (about 1000 kilos) recycled saves fifteen average-sized trees, as well as their surrounding habitat and wildlife?

Did you know, according to the Word Wildlife Fund each tonne of paper (about 1000 kilos) recycled saves fifteen average-sized trees, as well as their surrounding habitat and wildlife?

recycling paper - copyright Lisabatty @ flickr

Reclaimed waste paper now represents something like 63 percent of the fibre used to produce paper and cardboard in the UK.

Today is Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

TODAY is Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up… please come along and support your community.

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Day 2: Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Did you know that in just one year the UK generates enough waste to fill dustbins which would stretch all the way from the Earth to the Moon?

Did you know that in just one year the UK generates enough waste to fill dustbins which would stretch all the way from the Earth to the Moon?

Man in the moon - copyright hellohelen @ Flickr

Tomorrow, the 29th April, is Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

TOMORROW is Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up… please come along and support your community.

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Day 3: Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Did you know that 100,000 Scots joined the campaign to make Scotland cleaner and greener in 2011? That was part of the National Spring Clean organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful and this year’s Pencaitland Litter-pick on Sunday is part of the 2012 campaign.

Did you know that 100,000 Scots joined the campaign to make Scotland cleaner and greener in 2011?

That was part of the National Spring Clean organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful and this year’s Pencaitland Litter-pick on Sunday is part of the 2012 campaign.

Click here to learn more about Scotland's National Spring Clean

Through National Spring Clean, Keep Scotland Beautiful encourages people to get together and help pick up litter from their neighbourhood each spring: a time of year when Scots traditionally give their homes a clean sweep and start spending more time outdoors again after a long winter.

Whilst our winter and early spring have been mild this year, we have had recent freezing overnight and quite a bit of rain. We’re hoping we won’t have either this Sunday.

National Spring Clean includes litter picks taking place over a two month period: 1st April – 31st May 2012, to make it more accessible to a wider number of participants.

On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

It’s just THREE days to Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up…

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Day 4: Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Did you know that more than 53,000 bags of litter are cleared from Scotland’s motorway and trunk road network every year?

Did you know, according to Transport Scotland more than 53,000 bags of litter are cleared from across Scotland’s network of motorways and trunk roads every year?

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On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

It’s just FOUR days until Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up…

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Day 5: Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Did you know that it is the charity Keep Scotland Bueatiful that aims to preserve & enhance the environment of town and country in Scotland? Come to Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up this Sunday.

Did you know that it is the charity Keep Scotland Bueatiful that aims to, “protect, preserve and enhance the environment of town and country in Scotland for the benefit of the public and to educate the public about the environment generally by promoting awareness of the ways in which the environment is at risk and the ways in which this can be minimised.”

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Find out more by visiting the Keep Scotland Beautiful website.

On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

It’s just FIVE days until Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up…

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Pencaitland’s Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Fly-tipping is everyone’s problem & council tax payers’ have to foot the bill for other people’s waste. Join our Litter Pick Up this Sunday.

Fly-tipping is the common term used to describe waste illegally deposited on land. It can range from a single bin bag to thousands of tonnes of construction and demolition waste.

Fly-tipping is everyone’s problem

  • Uncontrolled waste disposal can be hazardous to the public who may come in to contact with it e.g. chemical wastes, electrical items, syringes.
  • Environmental damage can result from illegally dumped waste.
  • Fly-tipping looks unsightly which can have a detrimental effect on the appeal of an area or can harm investment into an area.
  • Cleaning up fly-tipping costs council tax payers’ money.

On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

It’s just SIX days until Pencaitland’s Litter Pick-up…

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Annual Pencaitland Litter Pick-up next Sunday

On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm from Trevelyan Hall. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

On the 29th April it’s Pencaitland’s Annual Litter Pick Up. The aim is to start at around 2pm. All kids taking part (and bringing parents with them) will be in with a chance of winning a digital camera.

East Lothian Council will supply handy claws for picking up rubbish...

This year the Community Council is working much more closely with Pencaitland Primary School’s Eco Group and other community organisations in the village.

We would really welcome any families or groups, from the church to the brownies, who would like to help out on the day.

Litter Pick 2012: Prize Draw

Apart from refreshments and litter-picking equipment and maps from our Litter HQ in Trevelyan Hall, all kids (anyone in Nursery/Primary or Secondary School) will be entered into our prize draw with the chance of winning a brand new digital camera, plus a 4GB memory card and carrying case to protect it.

The camera is the Fujifilm Finepix AV10. This handy little pocket snapper has a 10 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom, 2.7″ rear LCD screen and even lets you shoot HD film. You can also set it to snap when it detects someone is smiling or to avoid snapping if anyone is blinking as you click. All the cables and instructions for plugging it into your home PC are included.

Take part in this year's Pencaitland Litter Pick-up and you could win this Fujifilm Finepix AV10 10 megapixel camera.

So don’t forget to collect your raffle ticket on the day to be in with a chance of winning the prize draw.

The draw will take place at around 4pm on the day, but don’t worry if you can’t stay as we will have your contact details if you collected a ticket.

Send us your best Litter snaps

We’re also looking for the best snaps of any rubbish you find in an odd or unusual place on your travels around the village. Send your snaps to website@pencaitland.org and your picture may be picked to be featured on next year’s Litter pick-up promotional poster.

Litter Pick 2012: Where do you go?

Trevelyan Hall – come get your litter pickers (giant claws for picking up rubbish), bags and route maps.

Litter Pick 2012: When does it start?

The Pencaitland Litter Pick-up is from 2pm onwards. We only want an hour of your time! If you can’t make 2pm, come along later. WE aim to finish around 4pm.

Litter Pick 2012… did you know?

Every day this week, in the run-up to Litter Pick day on the 29th, we’ll share a little litter fact with you. Here’s the first…

Fast food is the fastest growing litter problem we have. Ditched packaging has grown by 12%, with snack wrappers rising by 11% and ditched food such as pieces of pizza, half-eaten burgers and chips increasing by 7%. Although food is biodegradable (i.e. it eventually rots away back into the ground), our half-eaten kebabs, burgers and chips often don’t get a chance to decompose because they are eaten by pests such as rats, which thanks to our leftovers are thriving at an alarming rate (the rat population alone is up 25% in just two years). That makes fast food litter bad for our health and our environment.

[SOURCE: http://www.scotlandinfocus.org/get-the-facts/litter ]

Litter Pick 2012: Useful Resources

Keep Scotland Beautiful – website.
National Spring Clean – website.
Eco-Schools Scotland – website.
The Scottish Government: Litter – website.
East Lothian Litter Initiative Community Information Pack – website [PDF].

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Dog warden visits Pencaitland

Anyone who has been on the wrong side of an encounter with an unwelcome doggy deposit may be interested to know that the East Lothian Dog Warden is coming to Pencaitland today.

Anyone who has been on the wrong side of an encounter with an unwelcome doggy deposit may be interested to know that the East Lothian Dog Warden is coming to Pencaitland today.

Dog Warden revisits Pencaitland

Villager Shamin Akhtar who organised the visit explains, “Over the past few months we have spoken to so many Pencaitland residents who have highlighted dog fouling as a concern. In response we have arranged for the Dog Warden to come along to the village, meet some residents and provide information about the scheme.”

This follows an earlier visit organised by the Community Council intended at looking for solutions to the problem of a few dog owners messing up (literally) the pavements for the rest of village residents.

Unfortunately the inaction of these few can tarnish the reputations of all dog owners. See our previous story “Scoop on the Poop” for details on reporting incidents.

TIME: 11am
PLACE: At the beggining of Huntlaw Road, Pencaitland

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