Vernatts Volunteers clean up along Wardentree Lane and fill 27 bags of rubbish in two hours
Volunteers helping to keep a Spalding nature reserve "pristine" and spotless have turned the attention to other parts of the town.
About 11 Vernatts Volunteers, who look after Vernatts Drain Nature Reserve off Pinchbeck Road, collected an "astounding" 27 bags of rubbish in a litter pick along Wardentree Lane on Sunday.
Bottles, cans, paper and plastic were among the rubbish to fill the bags, along with pieces of metal and even a car exhaust.
Volunteers took two hours in making sure the length of Wardentree Lane, between the junctions of Spalding Road and West Marsh Road, was litter-free.
Pete Boekestyn, who organised the litter pick, said: "As Vernatts Drain Nature Reserve is looking so pristine these days, Vernatts Volunteers decided to go 'off piste' and clean up the surrounding area.
"We met at Morrisons' supermarket on Sunday morning when 11 of us, plus a dog, cleaned up along the entire length of Wardentree Lane.
"It took us two hours and the result was an astounding 27 bags full of bottles, cans, paper and plastic, along with several pieces of metal and a car exhaust."
The volunteers were helped by staff at Morrisons who took the rubbish bags off their hands and disposed of them.
Pete said: "The volunteers are maintaining Vernatts Drain beautifully, its bins are being used and there's hardly any litter on the ground.
"Therefore, we decided to spread our resources a little further and, as a keen cyclist, I'd noticed that Wardentree Lane had become very litter-strewn lately.
"So we did a litter pick of Wardentree Lane and then went to the nature reserve where we did a two-minute litter pick, with a noticeboard inviting anyone passing by to clear any litter up as well.
"It may be that our team will hit another litter hotspot in our attempt to make Spalding a more litter-free area.
Jack McLean, of environmental group Spotless Spalding and who also took part in the clean-up, said: "It was great to be there supporting Pete with his clean-up and Morrisons took the rubbish bags we collected on the day which was very helpful to us.
"We also managed to get one of the litter-picking stations out on the nature reserve which we hope to trial and see if it gets some use.
"It will be a great way for people to show their appreciation to Vernatts Volunteers."