Happy anniversary for Newport litter pick team

By Rob Smith | Newport | News | Published:

Seven years to the day that he set up a group of volunteers to tackle a litter problem, a town mayor said the improvement since has been "massive".

Litter pickers at work in Victoria Park earlier this summer. From left are Owen Lloyd, Graham Hobson, Karen Claxton, Matt Vaughan, Tim Spencer, Mayor Peter Scott and Reg Wall

The Newport Community Litter Pickers began regular picks seven years ago on Wednesday, with volunteers being provided with pickers to clear up problem areas in the town.

Mayor Peter Scott, who formed the group, said: "It followed on from complaints about litter on Shuker Fields which we dealt with.

"Since then a team of loyal and hardworking volunteers have helped keep our town tidy.

"The difference between litter then and now is massive.

"We have more bins in place than ever and most people seem to use them.

"We were one of the first groups formed and now many others have followed our lead.

"Where would Newport be without our brilliant volunteers? Happy birthday team!"

To learn more about the group and keep up to date on litter picks, call the mayor on 07929 377549 or visit

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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