Mystery 'widgets' wash up on Windermere shore

The Westmorland Gazette: One of the widgets One of the widgets

CAMPAIGNERS cleaning up the shore of Windermere are trying to identify a mystery ‘widget’ after hundreds were found washed up.

The cylindrical plastic objects, possibly some kind of filter, were found along the water’s edge from Low Wood bay to Waterhead over the last few months.

They have been collected in a mammoth litter-pick by Ambleside parish handyman Robin Lees, who has been hailed by green campaigners Windermere Reflections. “I’ve found hundreds of them,” said Robin, whose patch covers a 50-square mile area from Dunmail Raise to Troutbeck Bridge and out to the Langdales.

“Somebody must know what they are, and somebody must be dumping them in the lake.”

Robin, who is employed for two days a week, is a keen supporter of the Winderclean campaign, Windermere Reflections programme manager Liz Davey said.

“He does a great job picking up the litter left behind by visitors and locals,” she said. “He works alongside our volunteer litter-pickers. We are always looking out for more volunteers to adopt a patch of land and keep it tidy and free of rubbish.”

Robin has been out litter-picking from hedgerows from Waterhead to Wansfell Road, car parks and lay-bys, and cleaning road signs. At White Moss lower car park he collected more than 60 discarded bags of dog poo in one day.

He said: “We have to shame people to change this behaviour. It’s obvious that local people are guilty as well as visitors.”

Anyone who can identify the widgets is asked to call Debbie on 015394-34401.

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8:37am Thu 5 Dec 13

hogheaven says...

Well done that man (Robin), but if all the lazy people who drop litter in the first place stopped doing it, he would not have to pick it up. The UK is one of worst EU countries for littering , you only have to look at Germany or Switzerland to see how clean they are compared to ours. They know that if they drop litter someone has to be paid to pick it up,in our present tight economy any savings would be very welcome and could fund other services. STOP dropping litter take your dog bags of crap home with you and dispose of properly.
Well done that man (Robin), but if all the lazy people who drop litter in the first place stopped doing it, he would not have to pick it up. The UK is one of worst EU countries for littering , you only have to look at Germany or Switzerland to see how clean they are compared to ours. They know that if they drop litter someone has to be paid to pick it up,in our present tight economy any savings would be very welcome and could fund other services. STOP dropping litter take your dog bags of crap home with you and dispose of properly. hogheaven

12:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

laker1 says...

Obviously they're off the speed boats that use the lake in the hours of darkness - all evidence of their illegal activities are burnt to avoid detection by the SLDC mind police!!!
Obviously they're off the speed boats that use the lake in the hours of darkness - all evidence of their illegal activities are burnt to avoid detection by the SLDC mind police!!! laker1

12:22am Sun 8 Dec 13

Kendmoor says...

Why on earth were my comments regarding what they are deleted? Someone at the WG taking the credit for it?

They look just like Industrial Bio Rex Filter Media
perhaps an older version.

as I said before, scale would help so we could see how large the objects are incomparision to a ruler or something

potential candidates from a burst filter unit that would have the media in...
•Multi Sewer System
•Paper and Pulp Industry
•Food Industry Oil and water Separation
Why on earth were my comments regarding what they are deleted? Someone at the WG taking the credit for it? They look just like Industrial Bio Rex Filter Media perhaps an older version. as I said before, scale would help so we could see how large the objects are incomparision to a ruler or something potential candidates from a burst filter unit that would have the media in... •Multi Sewer System •Paper and Pulp Industry •Food Industry Oil and water Separation Kendmoor

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