Villagers from Langrish and Ramsdean took to their litter pickers and bin bags and made a considerable difference to the roadsides.

It was a clear day on Saturday, April 22 and the A272 was quieter because of the weekend, and all helpers were safe in their yellow vests. 

Julie Blackwell said: “It’s a shame people feel it necessary to throw their rubbish from cars as they pass through. This accounted for all the rubbish collected. 

“Those with driveways on the A272 are constantly clearing up. At the top of Bordean Hill it looked as if there had been a smash which resulted in a lot of car and lorry parts being dumped at the roadside.”

The teams were rewarded with soup and rolls in the church afterwards, which gave an opportunity to meet and congratulate themselves on a job well done. The bags of rubbish were later taken to the tip for disposal. 

Julie added: “It’s hoped it might be a while before such a clear-up is needed in the future, as the residents take pride in where they live.”