DOZENS of bags of rubbish were rounded up by community volunteers as part of a mass clean-up.
About 30 people, young and old got, to work clearing away litter in Hetton Park and Hetton Bogs.
The effort was organised by Hetton Green Watch the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF), with support from Sunderland City Council’s Love Where You Live campaign.
A total of 36 bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers from streams, as well as a supermarket shopping trolley, a mattress, a large rope, ‘football’ type net, a car tyre and an 8ft hooped metal pole, all of which were removed by the council’s Responsive Services Team.
Pat Robson, chairman of Hetton Green Watch, praised children and adults alike for spending their free time to help improve their area.
Mrs Robson said: “The response to our requests for volunteers to assist in the Big Clean-Up was fantastic.
“Especially encouraging was the involvement and keenness from a number of young children of all ages.’’
Hetton Green Watch currently have a display on “eradicating ecocide and the effects of litter on wildlife”, at libraries across Sunderland.
The display will be in the Hetton Centre from November 13 to December 3.