Issued: March 9, 2016
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â€‹A right Royal clean-up
Twenty-two bags of litter were collected when seven Ongar town councillors and five volunteers took part in Ongar Town Council's Clean for the Queen litter pick.
The tidy-up was held on Saturday (March 5) as part of the Clean for the Queen initiative to tidy up the country ahead of the Queen's 90th birthday.
Efforts were concentrated around Ongar High Street and the surrounding streets between the Four Wantz roundabout and Greensted Road.
The council was supported by Epping Forest District Council which collected all the rubbish at the end of the event.
The Clean for the Queen campaign was organised by Keep Britain Tidy in conjunction with RSPB, CPRE and The Womenâ€™s Institute with financial support from McDonalds, Greggs, Costas and KFC.
The Ongar group was treated to refreshments at Jubilee Park after the event.
Councillor Alison Wingfield, chairman of the council's Open Spaces Committee which organised the event, said: â€œThe council is grateful to all the volunteers who turned up on the day, even though the weather was not too good.
"Altogether there were 22 bags of litter collected which were taken away by Epping Forest District Council.
"Litter is an ongoing issue and I hope that everyone will contribute in some small way to keeping Ongar a cleaner and brighter place to live.â€â€‹