One of the organisers of the new Ellesmere Town Volunteer Group says it is looking forward to branching out after a successful start.

The group, an initiative that came from the Vision Group of Ellesmere Town Council, has had its first meets to pick litter around the town.

It includes town mayor Councillor Paul Goulbourne and Cllr Tim Hunter and meets every Sunday morning at 9.30am at the Swan Hill depot.

Cllr Hunter said: "We divided up the streets of Ellesmere and two or more volunteers take a section of streets allocated to them to clean up.

"All routes are circuitous meeting again at the Town centre promenade. All the car parks, streets, the Wharf and canal sections are litter picked. We cover as many streets in the town as possible depending on the number of volunteers that come on the day.

"We have stretched from St John's Hill to Lakelands and all areas in between, and will go onto carry out other tasks, cleaning signs, benches and assisting Ellesmere in Bloom to plant out in the summer.

"Everyone is welcome to join us, and they can sign up on the day.

"The town council provides all of the equipment, and in this Covid secure environment, none of the equipment is shared and each volunteer is responsible for the equipment issued to them."