Across the Borough of Broxbourne, 59 volunteers turned out over the weekend of 3-5 March for the local clean-up in support of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.

As part of the nationwide campaign, Broxbourne Council coordinated group litter picks on Saturday 4 March at three sites across the Borough: the Holdbrook estate, Waltham Cross; Fairfield Drive, Turnford; and Barclay Park, Hoddesdon.

In addition, pupils from St Mary’s High School in Cheshunt volunteered one hour of their time on Friday 3 March and managed to collect nine sacks of litter from the public footpaths around the school site. Bonneygrove School’s Eco Committee, which is made up from pupils from each school year, managed to clear two sacks of litter from the length of Dark Lane.  Both schools joined the Council’s ‘adopt-a-street’ scheme in 2011 and their participation sends a positive message to the younger members of the Borough to help take responsibility for the local environment. 

A total of 121 sacks of litter were cleared over the weekend, along with a number of small, domestic items.  Five police officers joined the team at the Holdbrook estate along with Councillors Carol Bowman and Linda Russell, and Councillors David Holliday, Gordon Nicholson and the Cabinet Member for Public and Environmental Protection, Councillor Tim Hutchings also gave their time to take part in the litter picking event. 

Councillor Tim Hutchings said: “I am greatly heartened, yet again, by the support of our volunteers in the Borough, the number is growing showing the enormous community spirit and pride that exists within our Borough. I should also like to thank the contribution made by our staff in coordinating this successful venture, their efforts are much appreciated.

“In this, the Borough of Broxbourne’s Year of the Environment. I was so encouraged to see so many people getting involved, including the young people at some of our schools, a great job was done by one and all.

“We are currently making plans for litter picking days to clean up the Borough’s green spaces and parks this summer. We will also seek to have similar activities in elsewhere in the Borough later in the year”.

If you would like to receive more information on the Council’s ‘adopt-a-street’ scheme’ and future group litter picks; please email streetcleansing@broxbourne.gov.uk.