Volunteers blitz litter from Fens

Volunteers pictured at the Fens litter pick event.
Volunteers pictured at the Fens litter pick event.

RESIDENTS volunteered their time to help clean up their estate as the first in a new programme of community litter picks got under way.

The community-spirited gang collected several bags of waste and litter from the green areas of the South Fens that had built up over the winter months.

The volunteers were supported by members of Hartlepool’s countryside wardens who provided all the bin bags and litter pickers.

Local resident Keith Galloway organises the litter blitzes with the wardens service which will take place once a month between now and September. They focus on the green edges of the Fens estate including its grassy banks and Greatham Beck Local Nature Reserve – one of six which are managed by the wardens service.

The litter picks remove all kinds of rubbish such as cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets.

As well as damaging the natural beauty of the area it can also be harmful to the wide variety of local wildlife that lives there.

Each litter pick takes place on the first Thursday of the month, at 10am and usually last around 90 minutes.

The countryside wardens service says it could not keep Hartlepool’s reserves in such good condition without the support of volunteers.

They help with conservation tasks, guided walks and public events, and help monitor and maintain public rights of way. No previous experience or qualifications are needed.

For more information email countrysidewardens@hartlepool.gov.uk or call (01429) 853325 for an informal chat.