An environmental organisation has donated litter pick equipment to Falmouth Town Council for anyone in the community to use.

Plastic Free Falmouth handed over a set of 30 buckets, professional litter pickers and gloves that can be borrowed from the council offices on The Moor.

The kit is free to use by anyone wishing to play a part in cleaning up the town.

The group funded the purchase with funding from Cornwall Council who granted them £2,000 through its High Street Heroes scheme.

Kirstie Edwards, Plastic Free Falmouth coordinator, said: "It seemed like an excellent use of this money, we are approached weekly to borrow our event kit, but logistically getting it from storage and back again is not possible.

"When I approached the town council with this idea they were delighted. It seems silly for this kit to sit unused for days on end and it isn’t very environmentally or economically sound for all groups or schools to own their own kit.

"This provides a valuable service to anyone that would like to help care for our beautiful town all year round for free.

"We are incredibly grateful that Cornwall Council and Clean Cornwall awarded us this money. We have lots of other great ideas to help reduce waste in our town that we are also looking to fund, so watch this space.”

Town mayor Steve Eva said: "Falmouth Town Council fully support the Plastic Free Falmouth initiative and I am pleased that the Council Offices can be used to hire the equipment out to local schools and businesses.

He added: "Whatever can be done to spread the Plastic Free message and get local businesses onboard with the Groups Plastic Free movement will help minimise Falmouth’s contribution to the crisis."

Please contact Falmouth Town Council on Tel 01326 315559 to book the equipment.

The council asks residents to ensure that it is returned in the same condition as it was when lent.