A group of volunteers who litter pick across Marlow have been praised by the leader of the town council.

The Marlow Wombles, who pick up rubbish in their spare time to keep Marlow looking presentable, were lauded by town leader Jocelyn Towns at the most recent Chamber of Commerce meeting on February 17.

Speaking after the meeting, Jocelyn said: “I’d don’t know what we’d do without the Marlow Wombles and I hope the people of Marlow feel proud enough of the town that they don’t want to see litter in it.

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“The Wombles are doing a great job.

They are volunteers and they go out in all weathers and they do a great job.

“We are very lucky to have them."

Jocelyn also revealed at the meeting that Marlow will be taking part in the Great British Spring Clean which will take place on March 28.

This is a nationwide campaign run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, with over 500,000 volunteers creating mass-action to clean up the UK.

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Mayor of Marlow Richard Scott said: “This is a great collaborative event.

“Let’s get all our friends and families involved in helping to keep our beautiful town clean and litter-free.

“Many thanks go to all the volunteers and especially to the marvellous Marlow Wombles, who do a brilliant job for the town.

“Let’s hope for good weather!”

Jocelyn then added: “I just find it unbelievable that people just drop their litter rather than not finding somewhere to put it.

“There are plenty of bins in the town and these people might need just a little detour from they are currently heading to bin your rubbish.

“I just don’t get the mentality of why a person would litter.

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“It’s dreadful that people litter.

“Obviously, some gets blown in the wind when we get weather like we have had recently so the rubbish does get blown all over the place.”

Volunteers will meet at 11am in the car park at Higginson Park, outside the Marlow Town Council Offices.

The Marlow Wombles will allocate an area for you to spring clean for an hour — or longer if you can. Everyone is welcome.

Bin bags and litter grabbers will be provided by Marlow Town Council, and it is suggested participants bring a pair of strong gloves.

For more information, go to www.marlow-tc.gov.uk or visit the Marlow Wombles Facebook and Twitter pages.