BROMSGROVE 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.

One of the first areas to receive a board was Lickey End.

The board is being looked after by Vicky’s Convenience Store which has taken on the role of board “guardian”.

A spokesperson from the store said: “We are really proud of our little corner of the district and are keen to keep it looking nice and clean.

"It is a shame that some residents drop litter, but now anyone passing by has the means to pick it up without worrying about getting dirty or where it’s come from. We’re proud to be one of the first guardians of the boards and hope other residents take part.”

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