Two teams of litter pickers got to work in time for celebration

Two teams of litter pickers from the Isle of Axholme Lions, along with wives and helpers, were in action for the national 'Clean for the Queen' initiative at the weekend.

Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 10:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th March 2016, 10:06 am

The aim of the scheme is to remove litter and and clear up Britain in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations in June this year.

A spokesman said: “When she came to the throne litter was not the problem that it is today.

“Food packaging, plastic bottles, takeaway meals and cigarette butts, have all contributed to a growing menace that affects our wildlife, streets, countryside and sense of pride.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise


“What better way could we show our gratitude to Her Majesty than to clean up our country?”

One team cleared the disused railway line from Haxey to Low Burnham, including sweeping the path from the A161 to Haxey school and the other cleared the area around Ealand and the entrance to Crowle.

Community groups across North Lincolnshire also took part in the weekend clear-up with litter picking taking place in Scunthorpe, Messingham, Brigg, Worlaby, Bonby, Barton and Saxby – just to name a few.

If every adult picked up just one piece of litter and put it in a bin, that would be more than 50 million pieces of rubbish disposed of.