Barnaby's club inspiring dozens to keep their communities clean

PUBLISHED: 14:40 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 08:59 14 September 2016

Eight-year-old Barnaby Rowland on one of his litter picks.

Eight-year-old Barnaby Rowland on one of his litter picks.


Barnaby Rowland, eight, has set up his 'clean up club' on Facebook - and already has close to 100 members.

A Dunkewsell youngster is inspiring people from as far afield as America and France to keep their communities clean after creating a litter-pick club on Facebook.

Barnaby Rowland, eight, was inspired to clear up litter in and around his parish after seeing a clean-up effort in an episode of Power Rangers.

Jenny, Barnaby’s mum, said: “All of a sudden, he said he was starting a litter picking club and asked me to put it on Facebook.”

The ‘clean up club’ has only been up and running for a week, but already has 97 members.

People become members of the club by doing a ten-minute litter pick in their neighbourhood or community each week, to keep the area clean and tidy.

“Everytime we go out, we do a litter pick,” Jenny added. “We have done parts of Exeter, Dunkeswell, Honiton and Broadhembury.

“Barnaby loves it – he wants to make these areas nicer for animals. He says litter kills animals, and if they die, we die.

“Myself and my husband Chaz are immensely proud of him for starting this litter picking club.

“His goals are to get the whole world involved and of course, we will help him to do this.

“He goes out a few times a week to do a litter pick, with adult supervision, and it’s always his idea and he decides where we do it. Most people that we meet on his picks are amazed by his want to tidy up the world.”

Barnaby, a pupil at Broadhembury Primary School, added: “I can’t believe the amount of litter there is.

“Why cant people put their rubbish in the bin?

“I pick up wrappers, cigarette butts and empty packets, crisp packets, bottles cans and other things. It is horrible - people need to think about their actions.”

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