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.
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.
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.
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.