THE RUBERY Wombles have made an impassioned plea to litter-droppers after their Great British September Clean where 76 bags of rubbish were collected during ten sessions.
Jane Winson, who launched the group, said: “I would like to appeal to everyone – please use a bin or take your rubbish home and recycle, especially cans and glass bottles which can be recycled indefinitely.
“Please take care not to break glass bottles especially in our parks where our children play.
“Broken glass can also cause awful injuries to pets and wildlife.
“Please love Rubery.”
Pickers found a variety of weird and wonderful dumped items during the collections.
Among the hauls were broken office chairs, a wrecked bike, a metal incinerator dustbin, a barbecue, a wheelbarrow, two police cones, two suitcases full of junk, plant pots, a child’s car seat, a fire extinguisher and 40 wing mirrors.
A total of 111 hours were dedicated over the fortnight by 17 volunteers of all ages, including two very enthusiastic five-year-olds and a two-and-a-half-year-old.
Among the worst areas for litter were Gannow Green Lane, where collectors found many vodka and beer bottles, Callowbridge Road and Callowbrook Park which had both been blighted to several fly-tips and garden waste dumps.
Jane added: “Many Wombles remember this park and wood from when we were young and are saddened to see the area abused.”
Click here to go to the Rubery Wombles Facebook page, find out more about the group and to join them in their quest to keep the village beautiful.