Shepparton ‘Plogging’ this weekend

By Shepparton News

RiverConnect and Greater Shepparton City Council are inviting community members to take part in the third annual plogging session at Stuart’s Reserve, Shepparton.

Part of the Activities in the Park program, plogging is a morning session which combines exercise and cleaning the environment.

The phrase comes from the Swedish words ‘plocka upp’ — a combination of ‘‘to jog’’ and ‘‘to pick up’’.

RiverConnect project officer Meg Pethybridge said it was a great learning opportunity for children.

‘‘The activity helps to teach kids about keeping the bush clean for native wildlife and about being mindful of our environmental impact,’’ she said.

‘‘Plus it’s a great workout involving stretching and cardio. The rubbish picker tools really test your grip strength.’’

Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, running shoes and a drink bottle.

Plogging is on Saturday at Stuart’s Reserve playground, 156 The Boulevard, Shepparton.

The event starts with a warm-up at 9am and finishes at 11am.