Clean-up group pick up a community award
FOR the last three years Lydiate Litter Pickers have worked terlessly to collect rubbish from the roads and they recently won the Lydiate Parish Council Community Award 2018 for having a positive impact on the local environment.
They include about 15 people, from the ages of 40 to 70, who meet at the Parish Centre in Lambshear Lane on the last Saturday of the month to collect litter from 11-1pm.
The group was started three years ago by Pat MacDonald who picked up litter. She noticed other people doing the same and asked them to join her and form a group.
Di Harvey, co-ordinator of Lydiate Litter Pickers said: “The group includes like-minded people who want to keep Lydiate clean and tidy, so that we can all be proud of where we live.”
Lydiate Litter Pickers work on a number of roads including: Southport Road, Lambshear Lane and Liverpool Road.
Di added: “What we have noticed over the last 12 months is that the amount of litter is decreasing. When we started we would collect 10 bags of litter on Moss Lane, now it is two or three bags. If residents see an area cleaner then they are less likely to throw litter.
“The younger generation is being taught now in schools about the importance of not dropping litter.
“However it is harder to re-educate the older generation.
“I would like to thank the local community for working with us to ensure that we continue to have a clean and tidy Lydiate. Long may this continue through 2019!
“The group is really proud to win this award and it will give us the motivation to keep going through the winter months.”
If you would like to become involved in their work contact Di on 07753 262 603.