Highnam litter pickers

Highnam litter pickers

Highnam litter pickers ask 'why drop it?'

A group of volunteer litter pickers in Highnam were out and about on Wednesday 20 April at 2pm, clearing up litter that creates an eyesore in parts of the village.

The group of seven volunteers make a noticeable difference to their community by going out regularly to collect litter and significantly improve the environment for Highnam residents.

The group is part of Tewkesbury Borough Council's register of over 200 volunteer litter pickers across the borough. Volunteers who sign up to the scheme become part of a large group of like-minded individuals, and have complete support from the council with the equipment, training and insurance cover needed for litter picking.  

Parish councillor Terry Talbot is one of the passionate litter pickers who volunteers regularly. He said: "We are happy to do this to keep our village looking its best, but we wonder why on earth people don't take their rubbish home or use a litter bin. Highnam is typical in that most junk is thrown from motor vehicles."

It’s a real shame that some inconsiderate people drop litter
— Councillor Jim Mason

Councillor Jim Mason, lead member for clean and green environment, said: "It's a real shame that some inconsiderate people drop litter. We are incredibly grateful to all of the volunteers on our litter picking register who take such pride in the areas where they live. They make such a fantastic difference to their local community but, as a collective, across the whole borough, they make an incredible difference to the environment."

To register as a volunteer litter picker, please visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/litterpickers or call 01684 272230.