Suckley ‘Litter Hero’ recognised for her environmental efforts

 A Suckley 'Litter Hero' has been nominated for a prestigious award for her efforts in keeping her local area clean and tidy.

Catherine Armstrong, who set up Suckley Wombles, has been shortlisted for the #LitterHeroes Award by the national environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The award celebrates an outstanding contribution by an individual or group that has demonstrated commitment to the local environment and reducing litter.

Catherine, a previous winner of the Cleaner and Greener Award at the Pride of Malvern Hills Community Awards, created the Suckley Wombles in 2017 after noticing an increase in litter on the roadside and decided to take action.

The group now hold at least two community litter picks a year which attract more than 30 volunteers.

When the litter picks first started, the volunteers were collecting close to 50 bags of rubbish, whereas now, it has reduced to 25 bags in the same area.

As well as this, Catherine talks to local organisations and schools to raise awareness of the damaging effects of litter on the environment.

The nomination comes from Malvern Hills District Council (MHDC) who recognise Catherine's passion and hard work.

Cllr John Raine, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "Catherine has been making a hugely valuable impact on the environment of her local and surrounding areas. New people join every time she holds a litter pick and she manages to bring together people from all walks of life. Clearly, in this rural village, community spirit is alive and well, in large part thanks to Catherine. Her litter picks are providing a great way for new residents to play a part in village life and to make connections with their neighbours."

Catherine Armstrong, creator of Suckley Wombles, said: "It is an honour to have been nominated for the #LitterHero award and it's a great opportunity to spread the word about Wombling. I hope it might inspire others to run their own Wombles in their parish."

The Keep Britain Tidy Awards will be presented at the charity's annual Network Conference at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole on 6 February.

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