A LITTER-PICKING group in Tranent is seeking sponsorship or funding for a project to install new bins in the community.

The Tranent Wombles formed last September and has grown from a few residents in the Windygoul area to a town-wide group of more than 450 members.

To reflect its wider membership, it changed its name from the Windygoul Wombles to Tranent Wombles.

As well as regular litter picks, the group is also looking for sponsorship or funding for new litter bins. It hopes East Lothian Council will then adopt and empty the new bins.

Money would also be used to purchase new litter-picking kits which would be loaned to groups and individuals, and to produce anti-litter publicity campaigns.

The group aims to work more closely with the council to complement the street-cleaning services it delivers; it has asked for a meeting but is waiting for this to be arranged.

Alison Brown, founder of the group and chair of county charity Beach Wheelchairs, added: “We recognise that there has been a significant increase in the amount of litter in recent months and want to work with the council and others to tackle this.”

People interested in joining or who want more information can email tra nent.wombles@gmail.com

Volunteering can count towards Duke of Edinburgh’s or Saltire Awards.