Jonathan picking up litter with his grandchildren Jonathan picking up litter with his grandchildren

Meet Jonathan

During lockdown I watched our wonderful green spaces becoming even more clogged with rubbish.

Jonathan

On my regular dog walks along the Kennet & Avon Canal near Fobney Lock over the last few years I’d noticed an increase in litter. Getting bored of grumbling about it to myself, I decided to do something.

This year I pledged to do a minimum of 52 litter picks and collect at least 52 sacks of rubbish. Now, when I go out, I’ve always got a bag and my litter picker with me, and sometimes my dog or my grandchildren too.

Jonathan with his son and grandchildren on the Kennet & Avon Canal Jonathan with his son and grandchildren on the Kennet & Avon Canal

Coronavirus has curtailed the number of picks I can do, but I’ve still managed to collect more than 80 sacks of litter. During lockdown I watched our wonderful green spaces becoming even more clogged with rubbish, especially cans and bottles, and, sadly, increasing amounts of discarded PPE [personal protective equipment].

I set up a Facebook page called ‘Oneworldletsloveitagain’ to inspire others. I try to persuade everyone to pick up three bits of litter every time they go out. That way we can all do our bit to preserve our beautiful waterways and green spaces.

Being by water has always been important to me. I spent my childhood fishing, swimming and canoeing. This continued when I moved to Reading and discovered the Kennet & Avon Canal.

While working I would often go for lunchtime walks along the canal to clear my head. It’s my go-to place when I feel stressed. Water has always been an important escape for me during my life.