Along the walk and in line with the club’s green credentials I picked up litter and collected approx 3,000 litres of rubbish en route. This was the tip of the iceberg and the amount of discarded rubbish in the grass verges was quite staggering. McDonalds litter was by far the most common culprit, followed by coffee cups, plastic bottles, drinks cans and discarded face masks.
Surprisingly I met very few people along the walk, but ironically the first and last people I spoke to on the walk were both Forest Green supporters. The first was a Welsh rambler just outside of Newport who asked me for directions, and the second was on my way home after the Newport game at Swindon train station, who was also traveling back to Hampshire like myself.
I had great chats with both these fellow supporters and for me it reiterated to just how appealing and well known FGR are as a club, not just because of the football side, but because of the club’s ethos and ethics.
All the best, Ashley