COMMITTED litter-picking volunteers from Kidderminster have adopted a canal path to keep tidy and make it safer for people to use.

The Pickup Artists have taken on responsibility of the section of path from Caldwell Mill Bridge to Limekiln Bridge from The Canal and River Trust.

It’s the latest project taken on by the community group which is looking to instil more pride in the district and are carrying out regular litter picks and working with schools to help spread the message.

A Facebook group “Keeping Kidderminster and Surrounding Places Clean” was set up and the initiative has taken off and drawn praise from across the area.

They are now encouraging other people in Wyre Forest to join them and get involved in their work.

Michelle Medler, from The Pickup Artists, said: “Working together from Caldwell Mill Bridge to Limekiln Bridge, we intend to keep the canal path litter free and safe for both town folk and visitors.

“Our group meets up once a week to litter pick and enjoy looking at the wildlife, chatting and walking together in the evening. It's a great social event as well as making a difference.”

“It’s a lovely feeling when you walk along somewhere you've recently litter picked and it looks beautiful in its natural way, you feel a great sense of pride that you made it nice for everyone to enjoy.

“This sentiment is echoed by all who help and want to make a difference.”

Anyone interested in joining the group who are already part of a group that wishes to adopt a canal path can get in touch with The Pickup Artists on Facebook or by calling directly on 07507 228672 and speak to a member of the team.