Keep Swindon Tidy blogs
Our series of blogs on the Oasis documents the awful condition of the site and surrounding land, the excellent work that helped clean up the area, and the failure of the current privatised system to provide for the public and environment.
Part 1: Oasis to rubbish dump and back again, 15th March 2021.
From public to private and back again. How the Oasis went from vibrant community space to mismanaged dump and how the local community have stepped in to restore the space. Warning, obscene levels of rubbish!
Part 2: The importance of public open spaces, 1st May 2021.
Local open spaces campaigner Josie Lewis understands the importance of such spaces for our health and well-being. That includes litter / pollution.
Part 3: Slide away... into decrepitude, 17th June 2021.
Who cares to maintain the Oasis and its grounds? It's not the borough council or Seven Capital. Despite both being informed of issues with litter, neither has taken responsibility and nothing has changed.
Part 4: Neglect, 26th July 2021.
Describes the clear neglect of Seven Capital, the leaseholder of the Oasis. They have contravened the terms of the lease by failing to look after the building and grounds despite being informed of the terrible state that they're in.
Part 5: Care for the Oasis a mirage, 18th September 2021.
Empty words, a broken contract and abysmal public service. The Oasis continues to be treated like a dump. Public scrutiny is required to understand how the interests of a private equity firm have come before the public's.
Part 6: Oasis desecrated, 18th February 2022.
Neglect of the Oasis site by the public, borough council, and Seven Capital continues. It's in an awful state. Instead of being looked after, trees and other greenery have been demolished. This at a time of ecological crisis.
Part 7: Open letter, 21st January 2023.
With consistent neglect from the supposed guardians of the Oasis, Swindon Borough Council and Seven Capital, we wrote an open letter to them both with the aspiration of cleaning up the site.
Gorse Hill Ecoheroes
6th January 2023
Gorse Hill Baptist Church Ecoheroes help Keep Swindon Tidy by making some great signs!
30th July 2022
Over the years, we've cleaned the alleyway between Savernake Street and Hythe Road many times. Nothing was changing, so we decided on a more radical approach, deep cleaning, engaging with the local community, and instituting a variety of measures to encourage people to treat the space with more respect. It's working...
Sustainable travel event
30th July 2022
Keep Swindon Tidy were invited to take part in a litter pick as part of a sustainable travel event in Badbury Park. The day brings up many important issues such as sustainable travel, unsustainable housing development, and the damage caused by plastic in soil.
A focused effort to clean Rivermead after years of flytipping and heavy littering, and introduce measures to stop it reoccurring.
Rivermead: cesspit to nature haven, 27th April 2022
We started cleaning the Rivermead site in January 2022 and are still there 4 months later. Heavy flytipping and toilet waste from lorry drivers have been prominent issues.
Rivermead: addressing the issues, 29th July July 2022
We work with West Swindon Parish Council to try and prevent the heavy littering and flytipping returning at Rivermead.
TK Maxx litter picks
28th July 2022
Heavy littering and flytipping over many years desecrated an area of woodland and spilled over into surrounding areas. Our work is to clean and transform the space.
26th July 2022
Abdul Abbas is a refugee seeking asylum in the UK. Separated from his family and unable to work, he volunteers to help clean up Swindon town centre.
Canal path series
Our series of blogs on the canal path, including Cambria Bridge, documents some of the ongoing work to improve the area.
Canal path transformation, 12th June 2021.
We regularly litter pick along the old canal path. How has a community project helped to keep this area tidier?
Cambria Bridge part 1: Poor waste facilitation continues, 27th June 2021.
After many years of rubbish being dumped at Cambria Bridge, a disgruntled resident took matters into his own hands. A lack of facilitation has been a key factor.
Cambria Bridge part 2: Waste facilitation, 22nd August 2021.
As some within the borough council point their finger in devolved responsibility, we point back. Adequate waste facilitation is required.
Cambria Bridge part 3: Litter magnets, 28th April 2022.
The roots of littering and a solution...
Cambria Bridge part 4: The simple life in bloom, 26th July 2022.
The activities of the new Cambria Bridge Community group, part of Growing South Swindon Community, are helping to further transform Cambria Bridge and the canal path.
Canal path mural, 17th February 2022.
"Our energy spreads and is shared across our landscape." How can a mural help to clean up an area?
Plastic tree guards
6th May 2022
Plastic tree guards are commonly littered and often not removed from trees. How do we avoid this?
A day at Shaw Ridge
29th April 2022
We spent the morning cleaning flytipping out of a beautiful area of woodland. Litter picking with Shaw Ridge Primary School in the afternoon.
Irresponsibility is a drain
10th September 2021
We regularly litter pick in areas close to the town centre. Have you ever looked in the drains?
Death by cigarette butt
8th September 2021
Around 6.5 trillion cigarettes are bought each year around the world, 18 billion a day. Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world. In England they constitute 68 per cent of all litter. Health impacts of smoking are now commonly understood. But how about the environmental impacts of cigarettes?
Pigeons: appeal for help
13th August 2021
Maggie has spent many years looking after pigeons in the town centre. She's unable to continue so is looking for help and will provide training.
♫ 12 people went to mow... ♫
3rd May 2021
Mowed litter can be dangerous for humans and animals. What can be done? What are the solutions to become litter free?
Uplands Enterprise Trust charity litter picking group
18th March 2021
Uplands Enterprise Trust have been keeping Gorse Hill clean and tidy with regular litter picks. Providing positives in difficult times.
Mannington to Blagrove conservation
28th December 2020
How badly littered could this 3 mile stretch of woodland between the Great Western Way and (cycle) path be? Shocking levels of litter in this wildlife haven! A few of us dedicated time in lockdown to cleaning this area.