Volunteers tackle 'eyesore'

VOLUNTEERS are being urged to help blitz the litter that has turned the approach to a nature reserve into an "eyesore."

Tomorrow, RSPB staff and volunteers, visitors and local residents will be giving up their morning to restore a beautiful section of hedgerow at the RSPB Old Moor reserve to its former glory. 

Chris Moore , a volunteer at the reserve, said: “On the approach to a nature reserve, you would expect to see hedgerows bustling with birds and wildflowers bursting open at the first signs of spring.

“But sadly, on one path to RSPB Old Moor, plastic bags, bottles, cans and paper are what add colour to the verges.”

An RSPB spokesman said: “Between the Gypsy Marsh nature reserve and Old Moor, the Trans-Pennine Trail is scarred with litter. 

“Not only is this a threat to wildlife, it’s an eyesore for anyone using the path.”

The initiative is part of the Big Tidy Up campaign and has the support of both

Rotherham and Barnsley local authorities.

Chris added: “We thought it was about time we got together and did something about this. 

“With cuts to frontline public services, we have to take pride in our community and do our bit.”

To join in with the clean up, contact Chris Moore on 07837 843461 or email [email protected].