A COMMUNITY picked litter from grass verges on Easter Sunday after being inspired by an environmentally-minded five-year-old. 

Frankie is the grandson of Barrow Town Councillor Paul Griffiths. He has previously collected litter in the area and Cllr Griffiths said he often asks when he can do it again. 

Cllr Griffiths cycled along Rampside Road recently and noticed that the grass verges were full of litter. He decided that would make a good area for a clear up and discussed it with Frankie's mother Carly, who agreed. 

The Mail: Young residents Jack, Frankie and Joey picking up litterYoung residents Jack, Frankie and Joey picking up litter (Image: Cllr Griffiths)

Barrow Business Improvement District provided the equipment for the picking and Yarlside Stores offered to provide drinks and snacks for the participants and Easter eggs for the children. 

"I was keen to have children involved, as I believe it’s educational for youngsters to understand the effects of littering on the landscape, and impact on wildlife," Cllr Griffiths said.

The Mail: Alba in charge of a litter pickerAlba in charge of a litter picker (Image: Cllr Griffiths)

Despite 'not expecting many people' 25 residents, including children, showed up. They were split into groups and armed with litter pickers, bags and safety clothing they cleaned Roose to Rampside and parts of Roosecote, collecting dozens of bags of rubbish.

The Mail: Joey and Frankie with the collected rubbishJoey and Frankie with the collected rubbish (Image: Cllr Griffiths)

Cllr Griffiths thanked the community and expressed a desire to do something similar in the future.