Dozens enjoy association’s litter pick and picnic event

Members of Middle Greens Community Association with local residents and families at the litter pick. The group was supported by Northumberland County Council's LOVE Northumberland, HATE Litter campaign and Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services (pictured front left), also attended.
Members of Middle Greens Community Association with local residents and families at the litter pick. The group was supported by Northumberland County Council's LOVE Northumberland, HATE Litter campaign and Coun Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services (pictured front left), also attended.

A new residents’ group in Morpeth is doing its bit to keep an area of the town clean and green, with the support of the LOVE Northumberland, HATE Litter campaign.

The newly-formed Middle Greens Community Association brought together people of all ages for a litter clear up and picnic.

It was started by Clare Hopkins and Dorothy Slater, and Vanessa Braidwood volunteered to head up the litter programme.

The LOVE Northumberland, HATE Litter initiative is part of Northumberland County Council’s drive to clean up the county and it provided the group with litter pickers and hi-viz vests.

The authority also collected and disposed of the litter and rubbish that was collected.

Over a number of years, Vanessa has been working with the council as a voluntary environmental champion in the Morpeth area and she has also done some work with students at the town’s high school – King Edward VI School.

She said: “We didn’t expect to pick up huge amounts of litter in the area, but see this as an important way of bringing the Middle Greens community together to share our local pride for the area.

“We are very appreciative of the support that the council is giving, particularly in loaning litter-pickers and hi-viz jackets, which helped us to ensure that we were all safe and protected during our activities.

“We are hoping to engage younger families and their children so that they will carry this type of initiative forward in the future.”

Phases of the LOVE Northumberland, HATE Litter campaign are focusing on different types such as cigarette ends, roadside litter, fast food wrappings and town centre litter.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member responsible for local services at the county council said: “This is a great initiative by the Middle Greens Community Association.

“It is only by groups like this working together with the council that we can truly ensure local areas live up to standards we all want to enjoy.

“Through the campaign, we want to highlight the problems caused by litter, the cost to council tax payers and also help develop solutions in partnership with local groups and organisations.”