Successful Spring clean in Bowes Park

Image of rubbish collected.

Ready for collection. Some of the rubbish bagged and ready to go.

A big thank you to all who came and helped on the Tidy Bowes Park Day clean up on Saturday 4 March.

18 people took part – adults and children. Councillor Clare Bull even pushed her baby in the pram with one hand while picking rubbish with the other!

29 bags of general waste were collected and 12 full bags of recycling… plus a large rotten case and a very muddy blanket from the New River Path.

Many of the residential roads in the BPCA area were cleaned, together with the path by the railway, and the New River Path. We could not do all the roads in the Bowes Park area, but perhaps next time there will be even more volunteers and we can do all 27 roads plus the two paths.

Some passers by were surprised to see volunteers doing a job they thought was only the Council’s responsibility, but many people thanked them as they passed.  The children enjoyed using the Graptor litterpickers, and everyone felt good as they knew they were making a difference.  The rain held off until five minutes past four – so even that was on our side.

Photo of volunteers gathering rubbish.


The local pied wagtail, who has been around all winter, also came to join us by the table on the corner of Myddleton Road and was quite intrigued by all the bags.

A really good afternoon.

Thank you to everyone. And thanks to Veolia for clearing all the rubbish away before the market on Sunday morning.

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