HUNDREDS of residents picked litter off the streets and parks in a bid to keep Crowthorne plastic free.

The CROW Big Community Litter Pick took place on Sunday (May 19) at Morgan Recreation Ground where 120 green-fingered locals took part.

Georgie Morris, Community lead member for CROW, said: "It was an amazing turnout of people who really care about our community.

"It was so pleasing to see people giving time out of their weekend to do something so worthwhile, and actually excited about the amount of rubbish they collected." The event aimed to get more people environmentally conscious by raising awareness of the problem of plastic and general waste in countrysides.

Over 90 bags of rubbish, a bicycle, supermarket trolley, gas canister and other miscellaneous items were collected from the entrance to Napier Woods.

As well as this, a sofa, car battery, metal chairs, car bumper, fire extinguisher and work bench were all discovered during the litter pick.

Crowthorne Village was recently awarded Plastic Free Status by Surfers Against Sewage and the event marks the residents efforts to helping their cause in helping the environment.

Vanessa Watson, member at CROW, said: "There was a great feeling of unity, everyone together in one purpose which was to clean up our community and take pride in the beautiful place we live.

"There was a shock at the amount of rubbish in some places and the disbelief that some people can be so thoughtless in their actions.

"Also, it was great to see children happily taking part with their families as after all, it is their future we are concerned about."

The Big Litter pick in Crowthorne started at 10.30 am and CROW volunteers baked cakes for the litter pickers.

Wellington College also provided tea and coffee to participants as a refreshment for their hard work.

Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free communities helped run the event and is a community initiative designed to inspire residents to reduce their plastic footprint.