Ashington Town Council organised a number of community litter picks over the weekend (9-11 March) as part of the 2018 Great British Spring Clean Campaign.

The national campaign is organised by Keep Britain Tidy and in Ashington over forty bags of rubbish was collected. Litter picks took place at Ashington Community Woodland, Peoples Park, Paddock Wood and the Hirst area. The litter pick at Ashington Community Woodland also featured on Radio Newcastle.

The litter picks were supported by volunteers as well as a number of community groups including Friends of Ashington Community Woods, YMCA Northumberland, Reiverdale Scout Group and Heart of the Hirst Tenant & Residents Association. Northumberland County Council and Northumbria Police also supported the activities as well as local Councillors Jim Lang and Ken Parry.

The Litter picks were part of the Town Council’s ongoing efforts to target and tackle litter which annoys and frustrates many residents in the town. To address the issue the Town Council has an on-going programme of renewing and placing new 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 those that supported the litter picks particularly the Reiverdale Scout Group who continued to litter pick despite the heavy rain in Paddock Wood, North Seaton, on Saturday morning. In the picture are Lewis Mortimer (Scout Leader), Christopher, Alex and David with Councillor Jim Lang.  

For more information on the Campaign visit www.keepbritaintidy.org