MORE than 63 bags of rubbish have been collected and 73 hours of volunteering given in neighbourhoods across Bromsgrove district for this year’s Great British September Clean.
The event locally was organised by Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful which – after the success of the spring clean last year – has had its litter log up-and-running again.
The Great September Clean began last Friday (September 11) and it runs until next Sunday.
It replaces the Great British Spring Clean which had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
KBB Founder and Chair of the group Sarah Milburn said “The effort in the first week has been phenomenal.
“It really is fantastic to see so many people getting out and doing what they can to help. With another week left in the campaign I’m excited to see how much more can be done.”
Among the areas covered have been Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, The Flats, Sidemoor, Stoke Heath, the Stoke Recreation Ground, Rock Hill, Grafton Lane, Crabtree Lane and the surrounding area and part of the Alcester Road, Lickey End and M42 island.
Other places targeted include School Drive, Spadesbourne Walk and the field next to it, Hanover Street, St John Street, the side of Homebase and Tile Choice, Sherwood Road, Lickey End, Manor Court Road, Charford Road, the King George Playing Fields, children’s play area and basketball court.
And litter-pickers have been out in force in the area from St Peter’s First School to Sanders Park, Pikes Pool Lane, Finstall Road, St Godwald’s Road, the footpath by Aston Fields Middle School, Avoncroft Cricket Club and surrounding fields and the Windsor Gardens.
The Flats, Providence Road, Churchfields, Lickey End, Gannow Green Lane, the King George Playing Field and Worcester Road have also been spruce up.
In addition to the KBB group the Rubery Wombles have been out in St Chad’s Park Rubery and other areas, Clive Shearman and his team in Droitwich have been making a big difference and The Pick Up Artist in Kidderminster have been out litter picking with the help of local Scout groups.
Residents are being urged to take part in one final push during the last seven days.
Due to the Covid restrictions any groups must be limited to six people, but lots of small groups can make a big difference!
Other local groups have been joining in the theme – look out for Bromsgrove ROCKS with the Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful logo painted on, or a message to encourage residents not to litter and to look after their local areas.
Visit www.facebook.com/groups/KeepBromsgroveBeautiful for more information.