Last Friday, on ‘Earth Day’, a group of plucky parishioners from Sacred Heart and St Peter the Apostle in Waterlooville gathered together with the Project Officer from NORSE South East, to undertake a litter pick along the northern section of the ‘Hayling Billy Trail’. Well done everyone! It was pouring with rain but you’re all smiling here!
CAFOD volunteer Patrick Flynn told us,
“Mother Nature did her bit for the environment too, with pouring rain providing life-giving water for all the new spring growth along the trail. We were following Pope Francis’ call to everyone in his recent encyclical Laudato Si’, to Care for Our Common Home – the Earth. Earth Day provided the ideal opportunity to work with Havant Borough Council with the ‘Clean for the Queen’ campaign.
“A significant amount of rubbish was retrieved and it is hoped that the cleaner appearance will encourage users of this short stretch of the trail to take litter home or deposit it in the bins provided.
“The Hayling Billy Trail follows the route of the old “Hayling Billy Line” which provided a passenger service between Havant and Hayling Island between 1867 and 1963. This branch line was quite a curiosity for passengers, onlookers and railway enthusiasts alike because of the diminutive size and the quietness of the locomotives that plied the line.
“Much encouragement was given to ‘the pickers’ by dog walkers and ramblers using the trail. Everyone agreed that it was a shame to see the rubbish littering the trail and it is hoped that people, in future, will endeavour to keep the environment clean for the enjoyment of everyone.
“We all wished the very best of luck and every blessing to Havant Borough Council with NORSE South East in their campaign to ‘Clean for the Queen’ to make Havant a better place in which to work, live and play.”
Watch this beautiful short film below that accompanied Pope Francis’ recent message to take good care of creation.