VOLUNTEERS who removed three tonnes of rubbish from one Barnsley area have been praised.

The one week clean-up took place across Athersley North, Athersley South and New Lodge - clearing up footpaths of litter, weeds and grass and generally tidy up the area.

Councillors Jenny Platts, Dave Leech and Sarah Tattersall pitched in with the Saint Helens Together volunteers - which included a lady who was 83 years old - along with council officers and residents for the clean up.