THE FINAL totals for this year’s Great British Spring Clean Bromsgrove Litter Log are in.
Over the four weeks from March 22 to Tuesday there were 150 clean-up activities held, 380 people involved, 110 hours of cleaning carried out and 290 bags of litter collected.
There were also 65 road sign names cleaned, including 33 by Sarah Milburn from Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful (KBB) who set herself the #GrimySigns challenge to clean at least one a day.
Sarah had asked for nominations for the worst signs and thanked everyone who put suggestions forward.
She was cleaning up until 10.15pm on Tuesday to get them all done in time.
She is planning to continue cleaning signs in Aston Fields where she lives and hopes people will do the same in other areas.
There will have been more clean-ups carried out which were not registered on the Litter Log.
KBB had a stall at the Bromsgrove St George’s Day celebration on Saturday and Nina Das Gupta from BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester interviewed Sarah to help spread the word.
The drive was backed throughout by The Standard and editor Tristan Harris and his daughters Chloe and Cally gave Windsor Street and the bottom section of the High Street a clean on Saturday.
Sarah said: “Thank you to the Bromsgrove Standard for your incredible support.”
She also thanked SPAR on Broad Street, Bromsgrove District Council for the small grant which enabled KBB to buy equipment and the two Worcestershire County Councillors who contributed from their divisional funds.
She praised and the KBB Committee for its unwavering support and all the volunteers and other publications, including Completely Bromsgove and the Bromsgrove Society.
“Young and old, KBB members and non-members, groups and individuals – you are all unsung heroes who warm my heart and make me so proud to live here.
“To quote Margaret Mead – ‘never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’.”
Anyone wanting to keep up-to-date with Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful’s activities can go to the Facebook page, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the group on Twitter – @BromsgroveProud.