Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Look how we can pull together

COMMUNITIES showed their mettle and pulled together to clean up our streets and green spaces.

Hundreds of school pupils, volunteers and council workers took part in The Big Clean, organised by the North-West Evening Mail, in association with Barrow Borough Council and Centrica.

Barrow firm Identity printed 1,000 T-shirts to be worn by volunteers for the clean-up.

Copeland Borough Council, South Lakeland District Council, and the Lake District National Park Authority, also backed the scheme and helped out with the logistics of the clean-ups, which took place in May.

It was all part of a major drive to give the area a spring clean, bring people together in a joint activity and increase civic pride.

The clean-ups also helped to improve our living environment and clean up habitats for wildlife.

Barrow Borough Council was pleased to back the campaign as the authority spends £900,000 a year on keeping the borough clean.

Chief executive Tom Campbell said: “The Big Clean was a tremendous opportunity for the community to come together and make a positive contribution towards improving our environment.

“More importantly, we needed to make people aware of the need to stop littering in the first place.

“If we can get more and more people to take a responsible approach we can not only live in a cleaner, healthier environment, but the council could use the money saved to improve and protect other services.”

Young people were one of the biggest forces behind The Big Clean.

Many of those who have taken part in the Love Barrow campaign highlighted in their 2020 Vision for the area a desire to see a cleaner community free of litter.

At St Bernard’s school, in Barrow, 230 year seven pupils took part in the initiative.

Teacher Sharon Ralph said: “St Bernard’s is always keen to improve and develop links with the community.

“The Big Clean is an exciting initiative which will encourage year seven pupils to take a pro-active part in making positive changes to their community.”

At Dowdales School in Dalton, Year 10 GCSE Citizenship classes took part in The Big Clean.

Pupils tidied up the school and local community and encouraged people to recycle more. They used The Big Clean to cover more environmental topics in the school curriculum, created logos and slogans, organised meetings with local councillors and prepared assemblies to highlight the campaign.

Planning is now under way for The Big Clean 2012.

Jonathan Lee, publishing director of the North-West Evening Mail, said: “We were delighted with the response to The Big Clean. It was great to see so many clean-ups taking place right and so many people involved.

“We are already planning The Big Clean for 2012 which we are confident will be an even bigger event, with even more groups involved.”

To find out how you can get involved in The Big Clean 2012 email Jonathan Lee at jonathan.lee@cnmedia.co.uk.

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