A GROUP of volunteer 'Geocachers' recently joined forces with staff from McDonald's Caernarfon franchise for a litter-picking session.

The two groups came together to take part in a Tidy Towns clear-up of the Pont Seiont area of the town.

Geocaching is a hobby where people with Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receivers place containers (‘caches’) in parks and public areas and then post the coordinates online for others to find.

The event was part of a global initiative called "Cache in Trash Out Day” (CITO) which is an environmental initiative supported by the geocaching community.

It was held with the cooperation of Gwynedd Council’s Tidy Towns scheme, who helped with equipment and safety gear. The rubbish was removed by the Council’s street cleaning team.

One of those helping out on the day was Gwynedd Councillor, Cai Larsen.

"I really enjoyed working with the geocachers and McDonald’s staff in the recent litter-pick," he said.

"Caernarfon has wonderful sites but some areas are often blighted by litter and fly-tipping. This is very frustrating as it’s so easy to dispose of these things responsibly.

"I’d like to thank all those who contributed to this very worthy undertaking."

Phil Lowndes, who owns the McDonalds Caernarfon franchise added: "I was really proud to see everyone come together and help the tidy-up in Caernarfon.

"It’s a key priority of ours to ensure that the local area remains free of litter and an enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

"I would like to thank the geocachers for their professional arrangements and to the councillors and Tidy Towns for all their help too."