Staff at Norse Group locations up and down the country turned out in record numbers to take part in a voluntary mass litter pick.

The event saw more than 80 office based workers at a dozen locations in Norwich, Barnsley, Exeter, Great Yarmouth, Havant, Wellingborough, Lowestoft and Gressenhall in Norfolk, donning high viz jackets and using litter pickers to collect more than 170 bags of rubbish.

This year’s Norse Tidy Up on Friday (September 14) also included staff from two NorseCare facilities for the first time – Cranmer House in Fakenham and The Meadows in Norwich.

Some Norse staff also volunteered to carry out their own ‘mini’ picks in North Norfolk.

Staff in Barnsley cleaned up a railway embankment and staff from Norse’s companies in Great Yarmouth joined forces to tidy up the town’s St Nicholas park and in Exeter (left) an industrial estate which houses Norse staff got a spruce up.

Staff in Havant tidied a coastal path serving Hayling Island and in Wellingborough an alleyway in the town plagued by fly tippers was cleared of rubbish.

Kirsty Sleightholme, Manager of Norsecare’s Cranmer House in Fakenham, said:

“We had a very successful couple of hours and collected eight bags of rubbish in total from the main Norwich Road into town and our local park. We had loads of cheers and comments of ‘well done’ and ‘good on you’ from people who really appreciated our efforts.”

The biggest event was in Norwich where 30 or so staff tidied up a route stretching from Norse’s Fifers Lane headquarters to the industrial areas surrounding Norwich International Airport, collecting hundreds of bottles and cans in the process.

Group Managing Director Dean Wetteland said the event was a big success, adding that the Tidy Up was becoming an important annual feature of the Group’s Norse Way corporate social responsibility calendar.

He said:

“Encouraging office based staff and managers to volunteer to collect litter is a simple but effective way of demonstrating our commitment to the environment and the communities we serve. I’m delighted we had a record number of litter picks this year.

The unthinking actions of a minority who drop litter in the street or throw it from their cars can be a real blight on our communities. As a company with a strong social conscience, we wanted to set a positive example.”