Hundreds of members of Leeds community unite to tackle litter in Pudsey

Hundreds of Leeds residents have given up their own time and offered their services to Litter Free Pudsey - a group aiming to make a difference in the town.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 12:10 pm

The group has an established Facebook page of over 1,000 local residents - eager to help tackling litter issues in the area.

James Crabtree, a Pudsey resident, was often spotted in the town on his "adventures" collecting litter in the town.

Since being asked to head the group by councillors - alongside members of Pudsey in Bloom - James has seen a huge amount of interest.

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The group has an established Facebook group of over 1,000 local residents - eager to help tackling litter issues in the area.

However, due to coronavirus measures, a small number of the group are now meeting on a regular basis to help out.

James told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "We have been going for 6 months now.

"I started litter picking on my own with my kids in the first lockdown wanting to make a difference to our town, but realised I could not tackle it all by myself.

"I was getting seen out on my adventures by people and was then asked by our local councilors to take over LFP.

"LFP was already established as a group when I took if over with 150 members.

"I sometimes like to pick on my own to put the world to rights with my music on."

James said hundreds of members have offered their time to help.

He added: "We are a friendly bunch also saying a Good morning or heyup on or travels.

"It's great to see such a diverse set of people similar minded, families, people needing a friend.

"The way I see it is let us say someone was new to our town and went away saying it was horrible with to much litter, that's the bar we set.

"We are doers not talkers, we are all doers here."

Anybody wanting to join the group can contact James.

He added: "We work as a team to help our town and local neighbourhoods remain litter free.

"Surrounding it in positivity to get people to do the right thing and not drop litter in the first place."

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