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Almost 2,000 bags of litter are picked up in south Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:30 09 June 2015

The litter pick team in Tacolneston

The litter pick team in Tacolneston

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Community-minded volunteers who collected nearly 2,000 bags of rubbish from communities in south Norfolk have been recognised for their efforts.

Twenty local groups and schools are receiving £200 each to benefit their community after taking part in South Norfolk Council’s Big Litter Pick 2015.

A total of 80 litter picks took place with more than 900 residents from across the district collecting nearly 2,000 bags of rubbish and recycling.

There were four £200 prizes up for grabs in each of South Norfolk Council’s five neighbourhood areas and every group which took part was given a £20 voucher to be spent on its group, charity or local community.

The £4,000 prize fund was split between the five neighbourhoods to ensure it was shared across the district and the names of all of the community groups and schools that registered to take part in a litter pick were entered into a draw.

Kay Mason Billig, cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “This is the third year that we have run the Big Litter Pick and it has been a fantastic example of the council and our residents working together to benefit the local community.

“We had a record number of volunteers taking part and 80 litter picks were organised, a 50pc increase on the number from last year.”

The winners of the £200 prizes for the five neighbourhood area in South Norfolk Council’s Big Litter Pick 2015 were:

Tiffey neighbourhood area: Hingham litter pickers, Wymondham Allotment Association, Tacolneston Parish Council, Wreningham Primary School

Tas Valley neighbourhood area: Long Stratton Lions, Saxlingham Nethergate Parish Council, Bunwell Primary School, Great Moulton Chapel

Waveney Valley neighbourhood area: Harleston Archbishop Sancroft High School,Taylor Road Residents Association, Burston Chapel, 1st Pulham Brownies

Eastern Valley neighbourhood area: Surlingham Parish Council, Hales and Heckingham Community Events Group, Kirstead Litter Pickers, Broome Parish Council

Northern Valley neighbourhood area: Little Melton Parish Council, HEAT, Great Melton Parish Council, Marlingford Litter Pickers Bev Spratt, Tacolneston Parish Council chairman, said, “We are delighted to be receiving £200 and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the litter pick and also South Norfolk Council for helping us make it happen.

“The litter pick brought the whole community together and showed what can be achieved by people who are proud of where they live.”

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