The Wombles arrived in Leighton Buzzard on Tuesday for a litter picking event organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council.
Many Pulford School pupils came out out to greet the Wellington, Orinoco and Great Uncle Bulgaria who, having cleaned up Wimbledon Common, decided to focus attention on Parson’s Close Recreation Ground.
Sarah MacKay, at the town council, said: “It transpired the headmaster is a particular Womble fan so he even joined us dressed up as Great Uncle Bulgaria!
“The children loved to meet the furry creatures, shake their paw and hear the little snippits of information we could fill them in on. One of the classes even joined us for a litter pick in Parsons Close and proudly showed the Wombles their pickings.
“The Wombles and their message were clearly a big hit with the children and it has only reinforced my intention to try and extend the campaign around the local schools next year.
“In all we collected 10 bags of rubbish in just that short time.”
As reported last month, the council intends to use new powers to fine people who drop litter from early 2015.