THIRTEEN bags of rubbish are now contained and not on their way to the sea is how Settle Anglers’ committee member and Scouting volunteer Alex Toothill reviewed the successful litter pick he organised at the weekend.

Despite the rain, Scouts and their leaders from the Settle troop, along with members of the Settle Angling Association, were all actively involved.

The group met at Queen’s Rock, in Settle, and followed the banks of the Ribble to Little Stainforth.

To acknowledge Volunteer’s Week, from June 1 to 7, Scouts in North Yorkshire had been set a challenge by the county commissioner to raise the profile of Scouting across the County through a litter picking event in order to engage in conversations and, hopefully, recruit new volunteers.

“The pop-up community team, which formed an ideal working partnership for the day, collected a variety of litter, ranging from the usual sweet wrappers, take-away food boxes and crisp packets to wire, a bin lid and even an old trainer,” said Mr Toothill.

Grateful thanks were given to Craven District Council for the loan of equipment, and the removal of rubbish, which made the collection possible.

The support and hospitality of former assistant district commissioner, Chris Maudsley, from Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan and Camping Park, was also most appreciated. Mr Maudsley has had problems with campers and vistors leaving litter around Stainforth Force for many years

Settle Scouts rose to this challenge, setting a splendid example for Ingleborough District. The turnout was encouraging and everyone, young and old, enjoyed doing their bit for the environment, as well as their community.

Scout leader Dan Nelson was confident that the youngsters’ involvement not only introduced them to the important concept of conservation but would also tick off some elements of badge work in the Scout programme.

As a result of the success from the weekend’s litter pick, Mr Toothill hopes to make this a regular event, not only for the good of the environment, but also as a great way to socialise and keep fit.

Details of future clear-ups will be sent out to invite people to volunteer their time and help.