Great British Spring clean off to tidy start

St Edmundsbury Mayor was helping with a Great British Spring Clean litter pick along the River Lark

Pictured: Andrew Harvey (Water Advisor for the Council), Lynda Osborn (Tesco Community Champion), Mayor Julia Wakelam, Andy Hobbs (Waste Development Officer at the Council), Michelle Snelling (Grocery Manager at Tesco) and Rachel Aylott (Personnel Manager at Tesco)
St Edmundsbury Mayor was helping with a Great British Spring Clean litter pick along the River Lark Pictured: Andrew Harvey (Water Advisor for the Council), Lynda Osborn (Tesco Community Champion), Mayor Julia Wakelam, Andy Hobbs (Waste Development Officer at the Council), Michelle Snelling (Grocery Manager at Tesco) and Rachel Aylott (Personnel Manager at Tesco)
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The national Great British Spring Clean has got off to a good start in West Suffolk.

The national event will see thousands of people going out during March to tidy up.

Andrew Harvey, Water Advisor for St Edmundsbury Counciil does his bit with Tesco staff

Andrew Harvey, Water Advisor for St Edmundsbury Counciil does his bit with Tesco staff

St Edmundsbury’s mayor Julia Wakelam joined staff of Bury St Edmunds Tesco litter picking last Tuesday, the day before the spring clean officially kicked off.

With equipment from the borough council, the team did their bit beside the River Lark near Ram Meadow football ground. They bagged lots of rubbish on the river banks and the footpaths leading from it.

Then on Saturday Mildenhal Parish Council organised a double little pick in the area around the Lark footbridge at Jubilee Fields and then at the former Great Heath Academy playing field in St John’s Close.

Four parish councillors were helped by four staff from Barton Mills McDonalds and a member of the public.

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Janice Edwards and Malcolm Boura from Barton Mills on their village's side of the Lark Bridge

Great British Spring Clean Janice Edwards and Malcolm Boura from Barton Mills on their village's side of the Lark Bridge

Parish councillor Sue Syvert, said the Jubilee Field showed less litter than a similar clean-up last March, though the Barton Mills side was worse. At the two sites they had about 12 bags of rubbish, plus a mattress and a baby carrier on the playing field.

To book equipment for your own pick, on visit www.westsuffolk.gov.uk or call West Suffolk councils 01284 763233. A national events list is at www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk

Mildenhall Parish Council has also organised an anti-litter poster competition for youngsters with categories for under six, six to 12 and 13 and over.

The A4 posters can be hand drawn and coloured or computer generated. Entries should go to the Parish Office at The Pavilion, Recreation Way, Mildenhall, IP28 7HG by noon on March 31.

Great British Spring Clean at the bridge over Lark at Jubilee Field with a team of McDonalds staff and parish councillors

Great British Spring Clean at the bridge over Lark at Jubilee Field with a team of McDonalds staff and parish councillors