Picking up praise for litter clean

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A SPRING clean campaign has seen 1,200 bags of rubbish cleared from the streets,

Litter Free Durham’s Big Spring Clean saw 1,700 volunteers put in nearly 3,000 hours to clear waste across County Durham.

The Big Spring Clean, now in its fourth year, is an initiative between LitterFree Durham, Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

The five-week effort supports Keep Britain Tidy’s Love Where You Live project. The Environment Agency also used equipment to remove trees and debris from the River Wear in Durham City.

Organisations involved in the campaign included The Environment Agency, Durham Cathedral Heritage Woodlands and Riverbanks Project, Radisson Blu Hotel, Marriott Hotel Durham, Durham Army Cadets and Durham County Council’s neighbourhood wardens, clean and green and civic pride teams. Gerald Lee, chairman of LitterFree Durham, said: “It is incredible to see so many people get involved with this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

“Everyone has worked really hard, showing pride in their area and making it cleaner and greener for all to enjoy.”

County-wide campaigns are delivered every year.

More details are available via www.durham.gov.uk/civicpride or by calling 03000 261 000.