WORCESTER City Council is promising to give vouchers to residents for sharing pictures on social media of litter picking.

The council is offering e-vouchers worth £20 to the first 50 Worcester residents who post photos of themselves out litter picking in the run-up to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Cllr Stephen Hodgson, mayor of Worcester, said: “We’re all proud of our city and we can all do our bit to keep it looking neat and tidy.

"With so many street parties and celebrations planned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it seemed a great time to launch this competition, encouraging people to post pictures of themselves litter-picking and make sure Worcester is looking its best in time for the celebrations.”

Winners will be offered a £20 choice of e-voucher: either a National Garden or eco-home gift voucher.

The litter pick must take place in a public space in the city, and the photo must be posted on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, including the hashtag #LoveWorcester.

Suzanne Beston, the headteacher of Perry Wood Primary and Nursery School, said she backed the clean-up initiative and would be running litter-picking competitions within the school too.

She said: “Our curriculum ensures that all children experience outdoor learning and have time to think about how to improve and protect their environment, always understanding why this is important in our lives. We’re excited to support the #LoveWorcester competition and we’ll be encouraging people to take part."

The competition is open to all residents, community groups, charities and businesses based in the city.

The pictures can be posted on social media between 16 and 31 May 2022.

Litter picking sticks, blue litter bags and gloves are available from Worcester City Council by emailing community@worcester.gov.uk, and can also be borrowed from the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust, based at Gheluvelt Park.