Residents of the Killisck area in Arnold conducted the first clean up of the year on Sunday, January 15 between 10:30am - 12:00pm (Credits: Henry Wheeler)

An area in Arnold has been transformed thanks to the determination of hard-working volunteers taking part in the first litter pick of the year.

The January Community Litter Pick was organised by Cllr Henry Wheeler of Gedling Borough Council.

Members of the Killisick Litter Pickers Facebook community group were invited to the event, which took place on Sunday, January 15 at 10:30am.

Cllr Wheeler, who took part in the litter pick, praised the residents “fantastic” turnout, but also drew attention to some of the people’s reckless behaviour.

He said: “We had a fantastic turnout by local residents for the first Killisick Litter Pick of 2023.

“Whilst members of the group enjoy the litter picking activity and many people find the activity very therapeutic and rewarding, the sad fact is that some people are lazy and disrespectful when it comes to disposing of rubbish responsibly.”

Cllr Henry Wheeler, Portfolio Holder Lifestyles, Health & Wellbeing at Gedling Borough Council joined residents in Sunday’s litter pick (Credits: Henry Wheeler)

The 10 volunteers collected 15 bags of rubbish, as well as bulky items that have been fly tipped.

The litter was left at the Trade Waste pick up site bin at Killisick Community Centre and will be collected by Gedling Borough Council.

Cllr Wheeler added: “By doing what we do, we are setting a good example of respect for our local community, we don’t want our community to look like a tip.

“We lead by example and children and young people see the value of looking after the local environment.”

Volunteers of all ages are kitted with litter pickers and bags, as well as sanitiser, gloves, and high vis tabards provided by Gedling Borough Council.

The next monthly Sunday event, which has first taken place in 2017, will be conducted around or after the February half term.