Set up by local resident Paul Walker, the Sherburn in Elmet Wombles is a local group of volunteers who go out litter picking helping to keep the village tidy.
Over the last few months, many people have been enjoying the fresh air and being outside, unfortunately, this appears to have led to an increase in littering around the village. In order to help keep the village tidy Paul thought it would be a good idea to set up a litter picking group after he was inspired when he saw a family litter picking when out on one of his daily walks.
During the latest lockdown, unfortunately, many people have still been on furlough and not working. Paul thought it would be a good idea to set up the Wombles group so that others could join in and pick up litter on their own daily walks.
The group has grown in numbers with people of all ages helping out and doing their bit to keep the village looking smart.
Local businesses and residents have helped out too by storing and donating equipment. Richard Sutton at B&S Flooring in the village kindly stores some of the equipment and Child & Co Accountants on Kirkgate do too. Gemma Stead from the Salt Rooms in Sherburn has kindly donated some ‘Wombles’ hi-viz vests that people can wear when out litter picking.
Recently the Wombles held a competition where children in the village could design a poster to encourage people to stop littering. Lots of brilliant designs were entered but Isla Goldthorp’s poster was the winning design. Marrieanne Pal of Creative Shed Agency has kindly printed the posters that you will see around the village in shops and on notice boards.
If you would like to find out more about the Sherburn in Elmet Wombles or would like to find out how you can get involved visit them on Facebook at Sherburn in Elmet Wombles.