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Let's all learn a litter lesson

Two groups waging war on litter were out in force last week - and for Boston College students it was lessons of a different kind.

Litter pickers in Fishtoft

Showing off their new high-visibility jackets, from left, Cllr Helen Staples (who helped pay for the high-visibility jackets), Richard Lenton (resident), Liz Armstrong (parish councillor), Cllr Ossy Snell, Julia and Nigel Kime (residents).

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Boston College students on Haven Bank after their litter lessons.

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The pile of rubbish collected by Boston College students helped by, from left, Boston Greenscapers Rob and Rachel Lauberts and the council's environment and sustainability officer, Jen Moore.

They volunteered for community duties and took part in litter lessons on the banks of The Haven.

While in Fishtoft a team of village volunteers were busy keeping their area tidy.

Boston Borough Councillor Helen Staples raised the littering issue at the latest Fishtoft Parish Council meeting where it was decided that they would form a village keep tidy group. As a ward councillor she is inundated with complaints about littering and fly tipping in the village. The first group met up at Saxon Gardens on Tuesday (September 24) and visited several grot-spots in the village, collecting seven bin bags full of litter in just a couple of hours and also picking up another volunteer on their travels.

Future ideas for this group are to try to encourage children to join in and also to get more local residents to join the group to "Keep Fishtoft Tidy".

It was suggested that aluminium cans collected will be weighed in and any money raised for these will go to nominated charities ­- Pancreatic Cancer (in memory of a local resident and garage owner, Brian Fairweather who 18 months ago passed away from this terrible illness) and St Guthlac's Church, Fishtoft (900 years old next year).

If you are interested in joining the Keep Fishtoft Tidy team then please contact Cllr Helen Staples on 01205 366417 or email helen.staples@boston.gov.uk

The council's environment and sustainability officer, Jen Moore, was contacted by Boston College to ask how students could do voluntary work in the community. Litter picking on Haven Bank was suggested and 44 students turned out on a very warm day and collected a massive pile of rubbish in just a few hours.

The students were thanked and praised by Jen who was overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and hard work.

She said: "It's all the more impressive because they were not pressed into this, they all volunteered and they collected a massive pile of rubbish."