Volunteers rid Ribble Valley village of rubbish

Pat Cotton on the recent litter pick.
Pat Cotton on the recent litter pick.
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A group of 20 volunteers worked tirelessly and filled more than 30 bin liners full of rubbish from the streets and lanes around Langho.

Members of Langho in Bloom, who are committed to improving the local area and hope that their example will inspire others to pick up rubbish such as the odd can or plastic bottle when out walking or with their dogs, registered with Keep Britain Tidy as part of the annual anti-litter campaign. .

Dave McEwan on Whitehalgh Lane.

Dave McEwan on Whitehalgh Lane.

“We are grateful to everyone who values the countryside as much as we do,” said a spokeswoman for Langho in Bloom.

"We are all aware of the damage that litter does to the environment and recent publicity informs us how harmful plastic is to wildlife and pollutes rivers and streams. We urge everyone to think carefully before discarding their rubbish into the hedgerows, especially from cars or dropping wrappers and cigarette butts when out walking or waiting at bus stops."

During the recent litter pick, volunteers found the usual array of take away packaging, plastic bottles, unopened bottles of lemonade, cigarette rubbish, wheel trims and even discarded clothing.

"We urge all members of the public to take their rubbish home with them or to use appropriate litter bins," added the spokeswoman. "The Ribble Valley is enjoyed by visitors and those who live here because it is a beautiful part of the country. Let our lovely views catch the eye not the plastic flapping on a tree or the pile of take away debris that has been thrown out of a window."

Special thanks was expressed by the volunteers to the refuse team at Ribble Valley Borough Council who supplied all the bin liners and arranged for their subsequent collection during the successful joint exercise.

Anyone who would like to help out with the monthly litter picks on a one-off or a regular basis, can email info@langhoinbloom.co.uk or call 07895 697229.