Sunderland students’ clean sweep shows how to Love Where You Live

Litter pick volunteers at Sunderland Training and Education farm taking part in the Love where you Live campaign.

Litter pick volunteers at Sunderland Training and Education farm taking part in the Love where you Live campaign.

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STUDENTS from Sunderland Training and Education Farm are doing their bit to keep the community clean.

 As part of the Love Where You Live campaign they have been picking up litter around the exterior of the farm and the cycle paths.

Gary Chapman, community developer officer at the farm, said: “We regularly pick up litter within our own grounds, but this is the first time we have done it off site in the community and hopefully it won’t be the last.

“We wanted to do our bit and make it nice and pleasant for people who use the foot and cycle paths to access both the farm and the Metro station.”

He added: “If we make the area nice people are less likely to throw stuff away. Hopefully, the public will see what we are doing and be spurred on to pick litter up that they see or join in and help us.”

As part of the week of action for Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live campaign the city council has organised a number of activities across Sunderland. Councillor James Blackburn, portfolio holder for attractive and inclusive city said: “Love Where You Live is about everyone doing their bit to look after their community and make it nicer place to live.

“It’s fantastic to see the staff, students and volunteers at Sunderland Training and Education Farm getting involved in this clean-up and I’d like to pay tribute to everyone taking part.”

Details of activities and clean-ups can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk/lovewhereyoulive. Anyone who wants to volunteer can contact phone 520 5555.

See tomorrow’s Echo for more Love Where You Live activities.