Cleaning up area

AN appeal has gone out for community-spirited residents as a new programme of litter picks gets ready to launch for another year.

People are encouraged to work together with residents and Hartlepool countryside wardens to keep South Fens’ beauty spots free of unwanted waste during the summer months.

They concentrate on the green edges of the Fens estate including its grassy banks and Greatham Beck Local Nature Reserve.

Every year, a small band of residents and helpers join forces to remove bagfuls of litter such as cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets.

As well as making the area look unsightly, the rubbish could harm the variety of wildlife in the area, say organisers.

The first litter pick of the year is due to take place on Thursday, May 2, and organisers are looking for willing helpers to join them.

Keith Galloway, who co-ordinates the initiative, said: “We have done it for a number of years now but don’t always get a great response.

“We don’t need great numbers but it is nice for a few local people to want to take an interest to show the countryside wardens that it is a project worth backing.”

Sackfuls of waste were removed during last year’s campaign.

Each litter blitz lasts around 90 minutes starting from the cul-de-sac at the bottom of Catcote Road.

From there they work along the green belt, to the top of the beck and follow it to the Newark Road pumping station.

Keith added: “We will have the assistance of the countryside wardens who will provide litter picking sticks, black bags and dispose of the litter.

“Local volunteers are most welcome to help keep this much frequented spot in pristine condition.”

The litter picks start at 10am and will be held on the first Thursday of the month from May to September.

For more details people should0 contact Keith on (01429) 275675.