VOLUNTEERS from a trio of Vale villages have got their hands dirty by taking part in the nationwide ‘Clean for the Queen’ project.
More than 20 villagers from Bishampton, Throckmorton and Tilesford bagged three tons of rubbish from the lanes surrounding the rural beauty spots including cans, bottles of wine, wrappers and odd items such as lamps, mattresses and car tyres last weekend.
The volunteers were dressed in high-vis jackets and gloves and had litter pickers supplied by Wychavon District Council, who picked up the bags of rubbish collected.
Organiser Rodney Hodgkins said: “We had an enthusiastic response to our appeal and I’m pleased to say the weather stayed fine for us.
“Although it’s amazing how many bags we filled, I’m glad to say there was less in total than last year. Nevertheless it’s made a real difference as litter is both a blot on the landscape and a danger to wildlife.
“We do feel a lot of the problem is caused not by members of the community, but by people travelling through the villages which is annoying.
“But we’re pleased to say the villages are now spick and span and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped.”