REDDITCH residents are being urged to take part in an innovative scheme to help tidy up the town.

An ‘inland’ version of the 2 Minute Beach Clean, and developed by the same organisers, the 2 Minute Litter Pick is a national scheme which wants residents to pick up litter when they see it.

Over the next few weeks, residents should notice litter pick boards going up in community spaces, outside shops, near schools, and in parks.

The boards hold two litter pickers and bags to collect litter.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, whose portfolio covers environmental services, said: “Small acts like litter picking for two minutes can make a real difference to keeping our borough beautiful and every resident has a part to play in keeping where they live clean and tidy.

"Ideally this starts with residents not littering in the first place but hopefully the new boards installed around our town will provide the tools to enable communities to keep on top of litter issues alongside the council’s regular cleansing rota.”

The boards have been purchased with grant funding from the Ministry of Communities and Local Government.