22nd Oct, 2020

Suckley Wombles creator Catherine nominated for Litter Heroes award

A LITTER hero from Suckley has been nominated for a prestigious award in recognition of her efforts keeping her local area clean and tidy.

Catherine Armstrong, who set up the Suckley Wombles, has been short-listed for the #LitterHeroes accolade by the national environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The awards celebrate individuals or groups who have helped reduce amounts of litter, making their local areas more pleasant places to be in the process.

Catherine, who has previously won 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.

The group now holds at least two community litter picks-a-year, attracting more than 30 volunteers.

The amount of rubbish collected in the last two years has dropped from 50 bags to 25.

Her efforts prompted the nomination for the award from Malvern Hills District Council who praised her passion and hard work.

Catherine 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.”

Coun John Raine, Malvern Hills District Council’s portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Catherine has been making a hugely valuable impact on the environment of her local and surrounding areas.”

He added she brought people from all walks of life together and inspired them.

“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 will find out if she has won at the Keep Britain Tidy Awards at Birmingham’s Hilton Metropole next Friday, February 6.

Visit www.keepbritaintidy.org for more information.

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