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Hundreds join the Spring Clean in Wigan Borough
Thursday 16th February, 2017

Dust off your broom and pull on your gardening gloves– a spring clean is set to sweep through Wigan Borough.

As part of The Deal, at least 30 community clean-ups have already been organised with hundreds of volunteers planning activities to tidy up their neighbourhoods.

Wigan Council has backed the national Great British Spring Clean campaign, supported by Keep Britain Tidy, being held on the first weekend in March.

But Wigan Borough is going the extra mile with ‘Big Borough Spring Clean’ events being held from Monday 27th February to Sunday 5th March.

Joy Winstanley from the Friends of Three Sisters group in Ashton has already signed up.

Joy said: “We’re mainly planning to clean up the paths and clear the mud after winter but we’ll also be litter picking and doing general improvement work. We have about seven regular volunteers who are all retired but we always need more people to help out.”

Joy’s husband, Ian, aged 75, is also part of the community group and said he feels the benefits of volunteering at Three Sisters and being out and about in the fresh air.

Ian said: “We’ve always had a strong connection to the site. Over the years we’ve made huge improvements and turned an overgrown plot of land into a community garden. I definitely feel the benefits apart from when it’s too cold!”

Community groups, councillors, businesses and schools are all being encouraged to sign up to the spring clean and help rid the borough of unsightly litter.

Action is being taken in certain areas across the borough where there are a large number of litter and dog fouling complaints including Leigh town centre.

And the council will be carrying out enforcement in hotspot areas for litter to catch any culprits who are blighting the environment.

Councillor Kevin Anderson, cabinet member for environment, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for communities across the borough to come together for a big spring clean. It’s about bringing people together to make a difference.

“Through The Deal, the council is already working with our residents to increase their responsibility for their neighbourhoods. We believe there are long-term health benefits, both physical and mental, through residents being more involved in their communities.

“We have fantastic volunteers who are leading the clean-ups and would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and give something back.”

To join a clean-up in your local area visit www.wigan.gov.uk/springclean for more details.

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