Young­sters’ Spring Clean for town

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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, March 8 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, 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, March 10.

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 cleanup 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 www.west­lancs.gov. uk/coun­try­side.

Vol­un­teers joined West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil rangers to take part in the Great Bri­tish Spring Clean

Ranger Anne Faulkner shows the pupils some wildlife while they are out on the clean-up

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