Nearly 100 adults and over 50 children have taken part in Village Spring Cleans in Abbotskerswell, Ipplepen and Kingskerswell over the past three Saturdays – a record number in each village.
Cllr Alistair Dewhirst, who organised the massive clean-up, said: “We were all amazed at the increase in the amount of rubbish collected by comparison with last year.
“In Abbotskerswell and Kingskerswell there were so many bags of rubbish we could not fit it all in the van to take it away. Most of the increase seemed to be household waste blown from recycling bins.”
Alistair thanked the Village Halls that hosted the events and allowed the rubbish to be stored over the weekend on their land.
He saidd: “It was great to see so many young children join in this year, particularly the massive support from the Navigators and Brownies, who all went out into their villages litter picking.
“Let’s hope these community minded young people will spread the word that it is not cool to litter – it’s bad for us, bad for the environment and bad for wildlife.
“Finally thanks to the Environment team at Teignbridge Council, without whose help and equipment these village events would not take place and also to the Parish Councils who also helped in organisation and on the day.”
(from a press release)