Neighbours braved blustery weather to chase down rubbish in their community.

More than 50 people armed with heavy duty gloves and bin bags gathered together in Simmonds Mead in Lawrence Street in Mill Hill yesterday.

Between them, the litter pickers collected 30 bags of waste from Mill Hill’s streets including half a coconut, the steering wheel from a child's ride-on toy and a squeaky plastic frog.

During the event, children played together on the village green and there was face painting and fair ground stalls to keep them entertained. 

There were also cetificates for every child who took part.

Julie Tucker of Mill Hill Residents Association said how pleased she was the rain had held off, even though the wind meant people had to chase the litter and grab it.

She added: “We are grateful for the kind support of the council, which provided bin bags and litter pickers, and in particular to head of green spaces Jenny Warren.

“We’d also like to thank the kind gentleman who lives in the house at the bottom of Uphill Road who supplied water and electricity for our urns."

Chairman of the Residents' Association Richard Logue said: "We were delighted with the turnout we bagged a huge amount of litter from some of Mill Hill's streets.

“Many thanks to our members and other Mill Hillians who kindly gave up their Sunday afternoon to come out and help make Mill Hill's streets a little bit tidier."