Youngsters get involved in big clean

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About 30 youngsters got stuck into cleaning graffiti and picking up rubbish on a town estate.

The clean-up took place on the Hemmingwell estate in Wellingborough yesterday as part of the annual Big Clean event.

The clean up is organised and hosted by the Infuse Youth Cafe, which is part of the Wellingborough Youth Project, and is being supported this year by organisations including Wellingborough Council, Wellingborough Norse, Northamptonshire Voluntary Youth Action, Wellingborough Youth Council, the Scouts and the Hope Project.

The clean-up is now in its fourth year.

This year’s efforts began on Monday, when the group spent the morning litter picking, washing street furniture and tidying up the town centre and the market place before moving on to clean up in Castle Fields and Bassetts Park.

Jonny Whitmore from the Wellingborough Youth Project said the group had picked up a lot of rubbish of all kinds during day two on the Hemmingwell estate yesterday.

He said: “We found no end of stuff, we found bits of old tables, a car bonnet, all sorts of stuff, it was really worthwhile.

“We went around finding bits of wall, lampposts and any street furniture with any areas of graffiti, as well as any areas of grass which needed a litter pick.”

Mr Whitmore said the hope was also that spending time on the Hemmingwell estate for the clean-up would dispel negative ideas some of the young people taking part had about the area.

He said: “Hopefully we are knocking those negative perceptions down.”

The clean-up is set to continue tomorrow, when the group will focus its efforts on the stream in Croyland Park.

In previous years of the Big Clean youngsters taking part have helped to pull items including various car parts, sofas, bikes and shopping trolleys from the stream.

Mr Whitmore said: “Hopefully if the weather permits and it’s not too cold or rainy we will be doing the stream at Croyland Park.”

Thursday will be the final day of this year’s clean-up. On Thursday morning the group of youngsters will be finishing up by doing any last bits of cleaning in Croyland Park and in areas around the town centre.

In the afternoon the young people will be going to Lazer Maze in Wellingborough as a thank you for their efforts.

The group will also be presented with certificates signed by Wellingborough mayor Bhupendra Patel.