Scouts dig in to make fresh start

Youngsters from the 3rd Hindley troop cleaning up in Borsdane Woods
Youngsters from the 3rd Hindley troop cleaning up in Borsdane Woods
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A GROUP of civic-minded Scouts took their organisation’s motto to heart as they were prepared to roll up their sleeves and help the community.

Around 60 young people and volunteers connected to the 3rd Hindley Scouts group took up their litter picks and donned protective plastic outfits for a litter pick at a local nature reserve.

The young Wiganers, ranging in age from Beavers to Explorers, were accompanied by parents and leaders as they laboured under bright blue skies in warm weather to tidy up the Borsdane Woods beauty spot as part of Scout Community Week.

The group retrieved a huge amount of rubbish thrown into the countryside by careless Wiganers, including bags of general waste and more surprising items including a burnt-out motorbike, a tent, a sleeping bag and a camping chair.

The group’s labours formed part of Scout Community Week, a huge campaign of community volunteering undertaken each year, with around 3,000 groups of young people giving up their time to carry out around £2.35m worth of work across the country.

Scout Community Week was supported by B&Q.