KEEN litter-pickers gave up their free time to help with a community tidy-up.
A team of 16 engineers from Nats, the air traffic control centre, spent Wednesday picking up litter in Whiteley as part of an effort to keep it clean.
The volunteers from Nats’ Early Careers Scheme – a two-year programme for graduates, apprentices and engineering technician recruits – organised the litter-pick with Whiteley Town Council.
Jonathan Marmont, placement system engineer and event organiser, said: ‘Whiteley is such a beautiful area to work in and the litter-pick was something we could club together to do to preserve the natural habitats and keep it clean for everyone to enjoy.
‘As we are all new at Nats, the team-building element was an added perk for us.’
Vicky Newhouse, engineering manager for the Early Careers Scheme, said: ‘Every year the graduates are asked to undertake a charity or community event and I’m delighted the team decided to do this for the community.
‘It shows that every effort is being made by Nats to help the area we live and work in.’
The litter-pick is just one example of how Nats employees give back to their community – other events include a charity quiz raising funds for Cancer Research UK and the Stroke Association.
Nicki Oliver, town clerk at the town council, said: ‘Litter is an ongoing problem for local councils and we appreciate the time the volunteers at Nats are taking to help keep our community tidy.’
Elsewhere in the area, children from Noah’s Ark Pre-school at St John’s Church, in Forton Road, Gosport also took part in a litter-pick on Wednesday.
The children made outfits from recycled rubbish and went to St Vincent College, also in Forton Road, with their parents to pick up rubbish from the college grounds.
The event was held to teach the children about keeping the environment clean and they enjoyed a picnic afterwards.