North West Leicestershire litter 'Wombles' get county council backing

By Graham Hill

17th Feb 2021 | Local News

Leicestershire County Council is supporting local litter picking groups - often called Wombles - by pledging to help them access the equipment they need.

Across Leicestershire - including the Ashby area - there are hundreds of groups who collect litter from Leicestershire streets, parks, verges and other public spaces.

Now, practical support is being offered through a new fund which will supply these groups with road signs and hi-vis jackets to help keep them safe, and extra-long litter pickers to reach under bushes and hedgerows.

Councillor Louise Richardson, cabinet member for communities, said: "Womblers provide a vital community service.

"The benefits are numerous - litter-picking keeps our public spaces clean, aids wildlife, promotes walking and increases recycling.

"That's why we want to support our local groups by giving them the equipment they need. It's a great example of how we can support and empower our communities to make a difference in their area.

"I applaud our womblers and hope that our support bolsters their brilliant work."

The new scheme launches today (Wednesday) - to find out how to get this equipment for your group, click HERE.

The project joins the package of financial support recently championed by the council which included a dedicated pot of cash for Leicestershire's volunteer groups, pubs and small businesses.


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