YOUNG residents who helped clean up their village by forming their own action group could inspire other communities to follow their example.

The group of six to 16-year-olds, known as the Billy Row Action Team (Brat), organise regular litter picks and now want to produce a DVD highlighting their activities.

The group is backed by the Pride Campaign, which provides equipment and support.

Pride Campaign officer Joanne Morley said: "I felt the initiative and enthusiasm shown by the group in starting their own litter picks was inspirational and asked Brat if they could help me try to encourage other groups to do the same.

"With the help of the young people, a guide is going to be created and will be sent to community groups and youth groups across the district providing advice on how to get started and the funding which is available."

Group co-ordinator Michelle Johnson said: "By encouraging the youth of today to help look after their estate, village or town, we will hopefully make a better and cleaner place for everyone in the future."

The group is planning an open day in the village's community centre when groups interested in starting up can watch the DVD and collect information.

Pride is funded by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund through Wear Valley District Council and Groundwork West Durham.

For more details, contact Ms Morley on (01388) 761617.