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Breakfast time spotlight for local volunteers

Breakfast time spotlight for local volunteers
Published on 24 July 2021 Print

Regional radio station BBC Radio WM will be showcasing the work of Walsall volunteers and community groups next week, as part of their ‘Making a Difference’ campaign.  Daily features during the Breakfast Show next week will shine a light on the Keep Britain Tidy award winning ‘Walsall Community Litter Watch’ initiative, coordinated by Richard Upton and Beth Deeley from Walsall Council’s Clean and Green Services.  Walsall Community Litter Watch has gone from strength to strength in the two years since its creation, and brings together a growing collective of local volunteers, all passionate about caring for their neighbourhoods and communities.  The collaborative working between Walsall’s volunteers and Clean and Green Services was acknowledged as Walsall Council earned the ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ Network Awards ‘Community Engagement’ accolade earlier this year. 

Kicking off the week, Breakfast Show presenter Elise Evans will join seasoned pickers, the Wombles of Willenhall on a litter pick, finding out how they help to keep their local neighbourhood tidy.  In addition to supporting solo pickers and community picking groups Walsall Community Litter Watch’s unique ‘Litter Charter’ encourages local businesses to care for the area they work in.  Local businessman, Simon Betteridge, owner of Betteridge Butchers Ltd in Bentley has pledged his support for the initiative and will be a guest during the show.  Children from local schools who took part in a competition to write a poem about how they feel about littering will be featured too, with the winning entries being aired during the programme.

Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green Services, Councillor Oliver Butler said:

“Walsall has over 600 registered volunteers who are hugely dedicated, giving their time, whatever the weather, to help make our borough a cleaner and greener place to live in.  Walsall Community Litter Watch has provided a welcoming forum to bring many of the volunteers together to share posts of the phenomenal litter picking activity that is happening all over Walsall.  While lockdown has kept so many apart, the Walsall Community Litter Watch group has actually managed to bring neighbourhoods and communities together with Covid compliant litter picks and the thriving online Facebook forum.  It’s really brilliant that BBC Radio WM will be highlighting a snapshot of what is happening here in Walsall and the work of some of the dedicated individuals who give their time so generously to care for their local areas. Also a big thank you to all our volunteers from me, your efforts are much appreciated. So why not look us up on Facebook and get involved?”

To mark Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Love Parks Week’, BBC Radio WM will be joining an early morning litter pick at Walsall Arboretum during the Breakfast Show on Tuesday 27 July.  Local volunteers will be interviewed during the show and share their experiences of how litter picking with fellow volunteers has strengthened friendships and benefitted their communities.  The litter pick begins at 8.00am and any local pickers are welcome to come along to join in, meeting at the green outside the Visitor Centre in the Arboretum.  Equipment is provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their own pickers, if they have them.

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Note to Editors

  • Walsall Community Litter Watch group can be found on Facebook:  Search Walsall Community Litter Watch, and can be contacted by emailing
  • Walsall Community Litter Watch group has over 1,100 members who all share an interest in making Walsall a cleaner, greener place to live.  Many of the group are active litter picking volunteers who regularly give their own time to pick in groups, or individually.
  • Period from January 2021 – June 2021 alone has seen 5,727 hours of volunteer time given and has resulted in 11,279 bags of litter being picked and removed.
  • BBC Radio WM’s Breakfast Show programme, with presenter Elise Evans, airs between 6am – 10am Monday to Friday.  Interviews with Walsall volunteers and guests will air during the programme.
  • More information about Walsall Community Litter Watch’s Litter Charter for businesses and the bespoke ‘ACT – A Cleaner Tomorrow’ education programme for EYFS and Key Stage one and two pupils can be found at
  • Following the poetry certificate presentations, all four poetry competition winning entries from local schools will be displayed in all Walsall libraries and book exchanges during the summer holiday