The winter cobwebs were dusted off Wigan Borough last week as volunteers and council staff took part in a big Spring Clean.
The rain, snow and hail didn’t stop 30 clean up events to remove unsightly litter and fly tipping, clear overgrown vegetation, cut back paths, improve greenspaces and tidy up the streets.
As part of The Deal, Wigan Council loaned volunteers equipment for the clean ups and council staff volunteers got stuck in helping groups to tidy their communities.
Greenspaces cleared a huge amount of fly tipping on an abandoned patch of land in Worsley Hall and all the street signs on main routes into the borough were given a clean.
The In Bloom groups were getting their communities ready for the Britain In Bloom judges who are coming later this year.
The Grow for Giving group in Tyldesley helped clear fly tipping for an elderly lady who had been a victim of crime.
Wigan and Leigh Homes groups also took part and there were skips on their estates to help residents get rid of bulky items.
Karl Battersby, director of economy and environment, said: “The Spring Clean was a great opportunity for communities to come together and clean up their neighbourhoods.
“Through The Deal we are working with our residents to increase their responsibility for their neighbourhoods and support them to look after where they live.
“There are already groups doing monthly clean-ups and fantastic work through In Bloom and we want to see more people getting involved and taking pride in their area.”
There will be more events planned throughout the year to blitz the borough and get it ready for its entry in the Royal Horticultural Society Britain In Bloom competition in August.
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