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Houston Litter Crew leader recognised

A Renfrewshire man has received our prestigious 'Hero of the Month' award in recognition of his unwavering commitment to cleaning up litter in and around Houston.

Jake Fulton, the founder and organiser of the Houston Litter Crew, has worked for many years to help remove rubbish from his local area. As a result of his efforts, he has motivated a diverse group of local residents to regularly volunteer to tackle litter left on the streets, verges and public places in Houston.

As a result of Jake’s efforts, his crew have now collected over 1000 bags of litter alongside larger items from the River Gryffe - including old baths, ironing boards and prams!

Jake commented: “Prior to the formation of the Houston Litter Crew I would occasionally go to my hometown, Maybole, to help the litter picking team keep their streets clean. However, when a violent storm hit Houston a year ago I approached the Community Council for permission to use their Facebook page to advertise an idea I had to organise a clear up. The response was very positive and, on 19 March 2016, the Houston Litter Crew was born.

“To date, 1070 bags of litter have been collected from the streets of Houston and many new friendships formed between Litter Crew members. Who’d have thought that litter picking could be such a sociable event?

“I’m very grateful to Keep Scotland Beautiful for this award and I’m delighted that all volunteers that form the Houston Litter Crew are getting the recognition that they so richly deserve. They help keep the beautiful village of Houston beautiful.”

Nicola Turner, Community Projects Officer said on presenting the award:

“I would like to congratulate Jake for his commitment to keeping Houston clear of litter. As a result of his efforts he has managed to motivate local residents, young and old, to volunteer their time and make a significant difference to litter levels locally.

“Jake’s efforts have also had a positive impact on the wellbeing and enjoyment of Litter Crew members - helping them form new friendships, spend more time outdoors and instill pride in their local area.”

If you know someone who you think would make a great Hero, find out how to nominate them here.

21 April 2017

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