Big clean-up in Brighton and Hove

Volunteers at Blakers Park SUS-170703-103208001
Volunteers at Blakers Park SUS-170703-103208001

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into ‘Great British Spring Clean’ events over the weekend.

Residents were out in force to help rid the city of ‘unsightly’ litter. Working with support from council staff, and armed with litter pickers and sacks, dozens of volunteers got together to tackle litter hotpots across the city.

Volunteers helping to clean up Brighton and Hove SUS-170703-103156001

Volunteers helping to clean up Brighton and Hove SUS-170703-103156001

In Brunswick and Adelaide, 25 residents gathered at Waterloo Street Community Gardens before setting out in groups collecting 20 bags of rubbish from the ward.

In Blakers Park a group of 10 adults and nine children collected 12 bags of rubbish in an event organised by the Friends Group.

One member said: “We found the park to be pretty tidy, on the whole, with just one mysterious find - a mug of tea and shaving brush!”

Members of the Friends of Three Cornered Copse were delighted when 30 residents, including seven children turned out to support their event and collected 35 bags of litter.

The Great British Spring Clean in Brighton and Hove SUS-170703-103222001

The Great British Spring Clean in Brighton and Hove SUS-170703-103222001

And at Hodshrove Woods, volunteers collected 17 bags of cans, wrappers, plastic, glass, broken furniture, discarded toys, garden waste and two tyres.

The event planned for Bevendean was cancelled but has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 9.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “It’s great to see communities coming together to join the Great British Spring Clean and help us tidy up their neighbourhoods.

“Not only are they improving the appearance of their neighbourhoods they are also encouraging residents to take more care of their local environment too.”

The events marked the launch of the national Great British Spring Clean event, run by the Keep Britain Tidy Group. The council has a stash of Great British Spring Clean sacks available for community clean up events. Equipment, including gloves litter pickers, brooms and sacks will be provided for anyone wanting to run an event in the city.

Anyone wanting to organise or take part in an event should contact the projects team on 01273 294726, 01273 292929 or email contractscityservices@brighton-hove.gov.uk