The South Leicestershire Litter Wombles had their 15 minutes of fame (well actually about 3.5mins) when they featured on the BBC One’s East Midlands Today news programme.
Founder Womble, Bob Lee, explained to viewers that it all started about three years ago when he went for a walk and came across a load of litter. He went back home for a bag and then returned to the scene of the ‘litter crime’.
Having decided to take some action and collect the litter he proceeded to put what he’d done onto social media. The activity has subsequently grabbed the attention of some 5,000 people and Bob went on to explain that around 60,000 rubbish bags have been filled during the past two years alone.
One local resident said it was good to see them out and about doing something good for the community while several of the wombling team extolled the therapeutic value of the work as ‘stress free’ and a good opportunity to have a natter with co-wombles!
Having initially given a talk at Enderby’s Danemill Primary School the group now go out and give talks at schools across the County spreading the ‘don’t litter’ message to around 6,000 childrren.