By Binzy Reynolds:
Paul ‘Bicky’ Crum, the founder of Bude Rubbish Action Group, (BRAG), has been chosen to be a Keep Britain Tidy ambassador. He has been invited to attend a meeting of fellow ambassadors in Westminster later this month.
Fed up with the amount of litter polluting our town, Paul formed BRAG in April this year. BRAG is a volunteer force of like-minded people who meet regularly to clear local hotspots of rubbish. The BRAG Facebook page gained over 100 members in its first week and currently boasts well over 500 members.
Paul explained the main aim for BRAG is to ensure both local land and sea is kept clean and safe for all.
‘The aims of the group really are to get inland Bude litter and rubbish free. If people see beautiful verges, our alleys and paths clear of rubbish, they will be less likely to drop their litter, or they will in turn pick up others’ mess.’
For insurance purposes and to ensure the correct number of pickers and binbags are provided, cleans are advertised well in advance, usually via social media. Anyone can nominate an area which will benefit from BRAG’s assistance. ‘A Greener Bude’ will also be sharing the group’s litter picking events on their social media.
Organised group cleans so far since April 2018 include:
Co-op to Bude junior school
Splash car park, moving down through the estate and cleaning the footpath to Bude junior school.
Treleven Road to Kings Hill industrial estate
Summerleaze car park up to Sainsburys and down to Crooklets car park
Plus: numerous individual efforts by members of the group operating independently.
Education figures highly in the strategy of BRAG. Paul is enthusiastic about spreading the word among young people, recently completing several cleans with schools and groups of scouts. He also produced a logo, posters and car stickers as well as running a Facebook competition for a catchy slogan. ‘Beaky’ the seagull can be seen in the posters and stickers encouraging people to, ‘Keep Bude beautiful, bin it, don’t fling it.’ These posters are visible in many shop windows throughout Bude.
BRAG is fortunate to be sponsored by many local companies and individuals, who donate funds, litter clearing equipment or protective clothing for which we are all extremely grateful.
Aims for the future include:
Meetings with councillors to encourage landlords of holiday lets to provide animal-proof storage for rubbish between changeover days & bin collection days.
To encourage the use of animal/seagull proof bags in all households. A combined clean with BRAG members and staff from the new ‘Subway’ outlet at Binhamy Retail Park.
A float in Bude Carnival to promote the group, collecting litter as we walk.
Paul added: “I love Bude and am proud to be helping in our community. We are a friendly group, always welcoming new members. Please don’t worry if you can’t make every clean, or even don’t live in the area. Your support still matters and we’d love to hear from you.”
For further information about the group and future litter picks, please feel free to contact the group’s admin through their Facebook page.