Tyres, carpets and suitcases were among the items collected by lawyers at national firm Shakespeare Martineau as part of a litter pick along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal towpath. An entire barge was filled with rubbish by the law firm’s Birmingham-based corporate team, who gave up their time to take part in the volunteering day, which was organised by the Canal & River Trust.

‘We were really surprised at the amount of rubbish we collected over the course of the day, but it shows how much can be done when people give up their time,’ said corporate partner Jody Webb. As part of its responsible business strategy, Shakespeare Martineau aims to achieve 10,000 volunteering hours this year.