Thorpe Hesley litter heroes Love Where They Live!

Published Tuesday, 10th April 2018
Litter pickers in Thorpe Hesley
Volunteers taking part in the litter picking event

Community-spirited residents of Thorpe Hesley joined forces to blitz litter in their village – with a record turnout for a local litter pick in Rotherham.

After local resident Lisa Liptrott posted details of the event on a local Facebook page, more and more people got involved. By Friday around 80 people had registered an interest – but on the day 106 people arrived, with ages ranging from 8 weeks to 80 years old!
 
The number of litter pickers attending is the highest since the Council launched its Love Where You Live campaign to encourage local people to take pride in their communities.
 
Event organiser Lisa said: “I have been absolutely delighted by the number of people who committed to the day, and the spirit that this has generated within our village and community. I felt my plan to cover the whole village was very ambitious but do-able, and this proved to be the case. The proof is there to be seen as you walk or drive around; it has made a great difference!
 
“Some of the volunteers and non-participants have gone on to comment about when the next litter pick will be, couldn’t we have wild flowers around the grass verges, what next…Thorpe Hesley in Bloom!”
 
The Love Where You Live scheme supports local residents by supplying litter picking equipment and advice, as well as collecting the bags of litter at the end of the event.
 
Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene, Tom Smith, said: “We’d like to thank Lisa and all the residents who took the time to join in this great community event.
 
“As well as helping spruce up the local area, these organised litter picks can be a great social occasion and a chance to bring the community together.”

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