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Monday, March 20, 2017

Volunteers help with the Great British Spring Clean

Hardworking schoolchildren and other volunteers joined West Lancashire Borough Council rangers to take part in the Great British Spring Clean.

Following the success of the 'Clean for the Queen' Campaign in 2016, which attracted over 250,000 people to take part in nationwide litter picking events, the Keep Britain Tidy Group launched a new Great British Spring Clean campaign. This aimed to inspire 500,000 people to participate in community clean ups.

The Council organised its own events as well as encouraging and supporting parish councils and residents across the borough to organise their own events in their area.

On Wednesday 8 March Pupils and governors from Lathom High School were among the 26 volunteers who helped Rangers with the spring clean at Tawd Valley Park in the area around Summer Street. They spent three hours clearing up the area and found enough rubbish to fill 71 bin bags of rubbish, as well as three shopping trollies.

Children from Ormskirk Primary School and other volunteers teamed up to help out the West Lancashire Rangers at a spring clean around Station Approach, Ormskirk on Friday 10 March. They managed to pick up eight bin bags worth of litter and a traffic cone. On their travels they learned how they were helping the wildlife by removing litter.

Other clean ups organised by the Rangers took place at Coronation Park in Ormskirk, where 20 bags of rubbish were collected, and Chequer Lane Lake where five bags were filled despite the bad weather.

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “I am really impressed with the amount of effort volunteers and the Rangers put into these clean up events as they have helped to clear up a lot of rubbish. I would also appeal to the general public to take their litter home and to help make sure our parks and countryside sites are clean and tidy for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council parks and countryside sites please visit parks and countryside.

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