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Bury St Edmunds Womble group recognised for 'outstanding' work




A group of Bury St Edmunds youngsters have been honoured with an outstanding achievement award for their work in the community.

The group have been handed the The Greene King and Bury in Bloom award for litter picking, after being inspired by the hit 1970s TV show, The Wombles.

Mum Victoria Baxter started the group after her children Harrison, eight, and Greyson, six, suggested they could pick up the litter they spotted on the way to a sweetshop, and more

The Southgate Ward Wombles with organiser Victoria Baxter and Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, David Irvine. Picture by Mecha Morton
The Southgate Ward Wombles with organiser Victoria Baxter and Bury in Bloom co-ordinator, David Irvine. Picture by Mecha Morton

Victoria bought her own litter-picking equipment at first before contacting West Suffolk Council, who supplied enough to set up a litter-picking group.

Six more youngsters, all from Hardwick Primary School, joined in and the group set about cleaning up their neighbourhood, after calling themselves the Southgate Ward Wombles.

David Irvine, co-ordinator of Bury in Bloom, said: “Southgate Ward Wombles are a shining example to their community, and we are delighted to present the recognition award to them.

“Once the restrictions allow, an official presentation will be made to the group, however this may not be until the stage three lifting of regulations is reached and no earlier than May 17.”

In the meantime, Southgate Ward Wombles name will be added to the Bury in Bloom Greene King Roll of Honour and can be seen on the Bury in Bloom website www.buryinbloom.org.uk. Anyone interested in setting up a similar group can get help by visiting www.westsuffolk.gov.uk

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