Local Brownies, Rainbows and Scouts have contributed to keeping Ashington clean and tidy following a number of litter-picks in and around the town over the past few weeks.

Over 80 young people played their part in the litter-picks in the Hirst area, Peoples Park and QEII Country Park collecting over 25 bags or rubbish.  The young people particularly targeted discarded plastics which can do much to harm the environment and wildlife.  

The litter-picks were carried out by 5th Ashington Brownies, 7th Ashington Brownies, 1st Ashington Rainbows, 1st Bedlington Brownies and the Reiverdale Scout Group supported by Ashington Town Council.

Pauline Mitchley, from the Ashington Girlguiding Division, said ‘The litter-picks help towards the young peoples award scheme and it encourages them to be aware of their environment and the harm that litter can cause’.  Angela Ternent adds ‘It was good to see everyone enthusiastically taking part and we thank Ashington Town Council for their support’.

Cllr. Mark Purvis, Business Chair of Ashington Town Council, said ‘We thank all the young people and their leaders for taking part in these initiatives.  We know that litter around the town frustrates many residents and the Town Council alike and we do hope that activities such as these will promote litter awareness to all in our community’.

To improve the environment Ashington Town Council has an on-going programme of placing litter bins around the town as well as funding an Environmental Officer to target fly tipping, dog fouling and those that continually persist in dropping litter.

Ashington Town Council would like to thank all who took part in the litter-picks and Northumberland County Council for their support.