Volunteers took to the streets to pick up litter for Hitchin Forum's Big Spring Clean on Sunday, March 26.

More than 120 volunteers took part, including nearly 50 children - the youngest of whom was only two.

Organiser Bill Sellicks said: "A team from Hitchin Tennis Club did a great job in Bancroft Recreation Ground and a very well organised group of residents from the Purwell area worked on the recreation ground and surrounding areas.

The Comet: A young volunteer braving the weather on King George's Playing FieldA young volunteer braving the weather on King George's Playing Field (Image: Hitchin Forum)

"The Dell, as usual, was cleared by Holy Saviour Guides, their leaders, parents and supporters.

"We were also supported by former Hitchin resident Chris Hall, who now organises litter picks in Stotfold, and who brought along his amazing 10 foot litter picker which helped to remove items from otherwise inaccessible brambles in King George’s Playing Field."


Volunteers also discovered an orchid which, if identified correctly, was recently thought to be extinct in Britain.

Hitchin Forum thanked Hitchin BID for the use of their litter pickers, and the town centre rangers who helped distribute them.

North Herts Council's contractors dealt with the extra material, and Stevenage Leisure provided free swim or gym passes for participants.

To take part in the October litter pick email hflitterpick@gmail.com.