Big clean-up reveals community spirit

CLEAN SWEEP -- mum Catherine McKeown taking part in the village clean-up with her children, eight-year-old Tia and five-year-old Ruben

CLEAN SWEEP -- mum Catherine McKeown taking part in the village clean-up with her children, eight-year-old Tia and five-year-old Ruben

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VOLUNTEERS of all ages put community spirit first when turning out for a clean-up event in Bestwood Village.

Eighteen residents armed themselves with rubbish bags to collect litter that included drinks cans, plastic bottles and food wrappers which had been dumped on the streets and in hedge bottoms.

Some residents took along their children to boost the project. More than a dozen bags of rubbish were collected.

The event was organised as part of the Village Vision initiative, which was launched last year with the aim of putting together a plan for Bestwood, focused on hopes, ambitions and developments residents would like to see over a ten-year period.

Every household has been given the chance to have its say through a questionnaire.

Initial analysis of those documents has revealed concerns about littering. The clean-up was arranged in response.

Jack Ashworth, chairman of Village Vision, said: “Although picking up litter doesn’t seem enjoyable, most people who came out really enjoyed themselves.

“They found they got satisfaction from it because they were giving something back to the community.”

Residents met up at St Mark’s Church on School Walk and spent two hours trawling the streets for rubbish.

They received support from Gedling Borough Council and enjoyed a buffet meal back at the church after their hard work.

Mr Ashworth added: “Gedling Council was very helpful and provided us with a special bin in case we found any syringes. Thankfully we didn’t need to use it.”