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Champions take on the litter hot spots

Dot Edwards, from Seaton Delaval and Gillian Harmeston from Newbiggin picking litter on the nature trail in Cramlington.

Dot Edwards, from Seaton Delaval and Gillian Harmeston from Newbiggin picking litter on the nature trail in Cramlington.

Environmental champions who have taken on the county’s litter spots have been celebrated.

Northumberland County Council’s LOVE Northumberland initiative and Keep Britain Tidy have joined forces to celebrate people who take on the community problem of litter.

Dot Edwards who lives in Seaton Delaval, spends many hours every week around her local area picking up litter, reporting fly tipping and alerting the council to litter hot spots.

Since 2012 she has collected around 150 bin bags full of other people’s litter.

“How do people allow it to get so bad?” she said.

“People just expect the council to tidy up after them, but they haven’t got time.

“I pick up from beauty spots where people take animals and children.

“If I don’t do it there’ll be nowhere nice for people to go.”

Dot has recently been joined on her litter picks by Gillian Harmeston from Newbiggin.

Since joining the LOVE Northumberland campaign, Dot has been supported by the council who she has a great relationship with and was provided with litter pickers, gloves, bags and a high visibility jacket.

The council provide Dot with litter pickers, gloves, bags and a high visibility jacket.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and environment, said: “We would encourage anyone doing their bit for their community to let the council know and find out how we can support you in your effort.

“We can put you in contact with like-minded people and celebrate the good work you do with your community and the county.”

For more information visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/LOVE

 

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