Volunteers move rubbish mountain

Volunteers take part in the clean-up of the Rushden Greenway
Volunteers take part in the clean-up of the Rushden Greenway

Volunteers rolled up their sleeves and moved a mountain of rubbish during a big community clean-up operation.

About 70 people turned up on Saturday to spruce up a section of the Greenway in Rushden, from High Street to Crown Park.

They filled dozens of wheelie bins and removed all kinds of rubbish and debris, including wellington boots, fencing, tyres, bottles and cans and even a toilet.

The event was organised by East Northamptonshire Council as part of its I Love East Northants – Improving Where You Live, Work and Play campaign.

Cllr Sarah Peacock, who represents the council on the Greenway Project Board, said: “The turnout and the effort put in by everyone who took part was absolutely fantastic. As well as residents, we had the local police community support officer, councillors and members of Young Rotary. Staff from Kier Street Services gave up their free time to take part and Asda supplied refreshments for the volunteers.

“It was a real community day and I would like to thank everyone who took part. The Greenway has now been adopted by the council and now we have made a start we can keep the area looking good.”

The Greenway runs from Rushden to Higham Ferrers and Stanwick Lakes, providing people with a footpath and cycleway to open spaces.

Volunteer Richard Lewis, 69, of Larkhill, Rushden, said: “It was a fantastic event and we filled about 40 wheelie bins.

“We managed to get a lot done in a few hours. I use the Greenway for walking and we really made a difference.”