Volunteers give south Norfolk villages a spring clean
18:08 15 April 2014
Regular visitors to two villages may have noticed a difference at the start of this week.
The fly-tipped rubbish and litter that had previously been strewn across Palgrave and Dickleburgh had disappeared thanks to the efforts of villagers who had gathered for the annual Big Litter Pick Up.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon joined the 40 people who participated in the Dickleburgh spring clean, including children from the village school.
The participants were given different roads to clean across the village, collecting enough rubbish to fill more than 25 bags, along with a further five or six bags full of recyclable materials.
South Norfolk councillor Martin Wilby, who represents Dickleburgh, said the items discovered included a settee, armchair and lawnmower, which were found in ditches or in and around the village.
He added: “It was a community led pick. It was a community event that basically brought this village together and everyone enjoyed cleaning the place up and Dickleburgh is spotless now.”
The second clean took place at Palgrave on Sunday when a 13 strong team of volunteers gathered in the village to collect 20 bags of rubbish including fly-tipped items.
Waste collected included car tyres, a car windscreen, long plastic tubing and a variety of discarded rubbish, some of which may have been thrown from cars.
Sheila True, one of the event organisers, said the village church and community centre were among the areas visited by the volunteers.
She added: “Overall, the whole village has been cleaned where we could.”