A community group have been praised as ‘High Street Heroes’ for their work litter picking around their local shops, cafes and restaurants to help keep their village tidy.
The East Leake Tidy Team use social media to help coordinate their services and ensure volunteers have access to all the equipment they need to keep the village welcoming for visitors and residents alike.
Volunteers meet regularly to scour the village for unwanted crisp packets, drinks bottles, or waste and are always keen to add more members to their group.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has praised the group as part of their High Street Heroes campaign that aims to celebrate the efforts local business groups and individuals go to in encouraging businesses to thrive.
The authority’s Executive Manager for Neighbourhoods, Dave Banks is thrilled by the community group’s work, which is supported by the council’s ground maintenance contractors Streetwise Environmental Services Limited.
He said: “The East Leake Tidy Team represent yet another fantastic community group working together to keep their High Street clean, tidy and inviting.
“We know there are lots of volunteers across Rushcliffe who are joining forces to ensure their community, and their High Street thrives and we will support their efforts wherever possible.”
East Leake Tidy Team organiser Mel Roper said: “We love our village and it’s always great to find like-minded people who want to care for our High Streets and help support the local, independent businesses who call East Leake home.
“Our group offers residents the opportunity to care for their community safely and in their own time – we’ve even had some civic-minded young people spend their school holidays tidying up the village!”