Litter pickers in communities around Lewis are being stretched to keep up with the amount of rubbish dropped on roadside verges and blown into ditches.

Teams were out on spring cleans in Pairc and in Tong on Saturday (April 27th) – but both had cause to bemoan the lack of community spirit affecting how tidy their communities look.

Healthwalkers in Pairc were out picking up discarded bottles and cans, blown and tipped litter from the roadside – the picture above shows just how much was collected from one stretch of road.

However, in Tong the annual spring clean, organised by the committee of Tong Community Hall, was marred by a shortage of volunteers to provide refreshments for the collectors. Litter pickers went round the whole village from 9am, but former councillor and hall committee member Ian Macleod commented: “It's really disappointing to hear that today there was only one parent who turned up to feed the crews collecting for the clean-up.”