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Friday 9th April, 2010

We're cleaning up
Flashback to the launch of Wigan’s Big Tidy Up

Spring brings success for the borough's Big Tidy Up.

Just days into The Big Tidy Up and local people are showing they're right behind us as they forge ahead in their efforts, organising litter picks across the borough in their bid to spruce up and spring clean their communities.

Over toward the east of the borough, the Atherton Green Partnership has teamed up with Wigan Council’s Environmental Education team, as well as a number of local businesses that have registered on the Tidy Business Awards programme, including Crown Barbecue and Advanced Locksmiths.

The month long event, which kicked off on the 1st, has already led to the collection of more than 200 bags of litter so far, thanks to the efforts of community groups, businesses, schools, ward councillors and council officers.

And more are due to take place - right across the Borough.
The Atherton Green Partnership has been working for several years in order to improve the environmental quality of Atherton and Howe Bridge. Recently the group carried out wild flower sowing and landscaping next to St Michael’s church, Howe Bridge with the help of pupils from St Michael’s primary school.

Ellen Belshaw, from the council's Environmental Education Team, says: “We’ve already carried out litter picks with Tidy Businesses in the past so it’s great to have their support and we’d like to thank them for getting involved. In order for business to get the prestigious gold award they need to show their support for the wider community by carrying out environmental improvements beyond their shop premises. This will certainly help our businesses to achieve the gold award.”

Keith Sumner, of Atherton Green Partnership, adds: “Wigan Council has recently cleaned up in front of the sports centre but we know there are areas that they can’t always get to. The Atherton Green Partnership has always helped our community to be cleaner and greener and Keep Britain Tidy has just given us an award for litter picking. We are more than happy to get involved in the Big Tidy Up and do our bit.”

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