Litter-picking the way to a better environment - and better health!

A growing army of volunteer litter heroes are busy making our borough cleaner, greener and happier for us all. Local charity Welwyn Hatfield Community and Voluntary Service (WHCVS) is proud to coordinate the team as part of its Love Welwyn Hatfield project.

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Photo: 7th WGC Guides who have recently volunteered as part of the Love Welwyn Hatfield project

But it's not just the environment that benefits, it's the participant's mental and physical health too. To mark the week-long Great British Spring Clean, we talk to Cheryl Horton of the WHCVS about their efforts to spruce-up our streets.

"The litter-picking really helps boost our volunteer's wellbeing. You're out and about in the fresh air getting exercise, all whilst connecting with your local community and doing something that makes you feel good," says Cheryl. "It's about having pride in where you live, which boosts your morale and gives you a sense of purpose."

And contrary to popular belief about who may be largely responsible for littering, the CVS has seen a rise in the number of young people keen to get involved. "More and more younger people are getting in touch to help. It bodes really well for the future; they care about the borough and want to keep it looking at its best," explains Cheryl. "But Welwyn Hatfield is 130 square kilometres so we're always looking for new volunteers to help us and get picking!"

Due to covid restrictions, the CVS is encouraging residents to carry out their own litter-picks rather than organise larger group picks. However, Cheryl and her team can pair you up with someone nearby to tackle a local hotspot together. To find out more and get involved, visit the Welwyn Hatfield CVS Facebook page or email Cheryl on: C.Horton@whcvs.org.uk

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*The council collects over 200 tonnes of litter and detritus from our streets and open spaces every month, as well as providing litter picking equipment to groups and individuals to encourage community involvement in keeping our streets clean.