Local ‘litter heroes’ collected a total of 381 bags of rubbish from streets in Altrincham in 2017.

Our Altrincham, is run by volunteers and meet regularly to remove litter from streets and green spaces and since it was set up in 2010 have collected 2,000 bags of rubbish.

Sir Graham Brady, Altrincham and Sale West MP recently made a donation to the group to praise their hard work and recognise the work done in support of national award-winning Altrincham In Bloom - a community interest company.

He said: "I’d like to congratulate all those who helped in the litter pick. The removal of more than 2,000 bags of litter makes a tremendous difference to our local environment”

Our Altrincham founder, Sarah Walmsley said: “As a not-for-profit organisation we are reliant on the enthusiasm and commitment of our wonderful volunteers who give up their time to make a positive difference in our community. They don’t wear masks and capes like other ‘heroes’. They don’t seek awards or votes either. They just make a continuous and unrelentingly positive impact on Altrincham. I would like to express my appreciation for their tremendous efforts and encourage others to join in."

In addition to regular litter picks and associated activities, Our Altrincham assist many other local groups by lending equipment and offering guidance and training.

Sarah said: “Our movement has spread across Trafford and thanks to the efforts of new and established groups in other communities, people are taking ownership of their environment once again. There are undoubtedly frustrations regarding local authority services and we continue to push for better performance, but doing nothing to help is unrealistic with the country’s finances in such a state.”

Litter picks continue to be scheduled throughout 2018 including: March 4, part of Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Great British Spring Clean’ weekend, a national campaign aimed at tidying up the whole country - to join, email Sarah at sarahw@ouraltrincham.org