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More than 20 bags of rubbish collected by villagers at Withersfield's annual spring clean




The hedgerows, ditches and verges in Withersfield are all looking a lot cleaner now after a team of volunteers from the village carried out their annual spring clean on Saturday, March 16.

About 15 people headed out with bags, pickers, gloves and hi-vis vests for about three hours to undertake the tidy-up, collecting about 25 bags of rubbish, plus other items that couldn't be put into bags.

They were joined at the start by Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet member for Operations at St Edmundsbury Council, which supported the litter pick with equipment and disposal, said: “A successful litter pick is not just measured in bags filled.

"It is also about sharing your pride in your community.

"Volunteers say it gives them a sense of belonging and I encourage anyone to find an hour to turn out and join in.”

Volunteers gather for the annual spring clean around Withersfield. Picture by Richard Marsham.
Volunteers gather for the annual spring clean around Withersfield. Picture by Richard Marsham.

Withersfield Parish Council chairman, Terry Rich, who was one of the litter-picking party, said: "We covered all of the roads leading into the village.

"Essentially we got all of the bottles, cans and discarded take-away food that people chuck out of their windows as they drive through the village.

"Lots of stuff in little lay-bys plus the results of accidents, so quite a lot of parts of cars and also unfortunately some stuff that we can't move that is fly-tipped, hardcore and stuff like that. Anything we can't move we let the council know so they can move it.

The bags of rubbish and other items collected during the Withersfield annual Spring clean
The bags of rubbish and other items collected during the Withersfield annual Spring clean

"It's surprising how much junk people that people toss out of their windows. We always say 'you wouldn't throw it out on to your own street, so why do it here'."


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