Trolleys, armchair and more cleared from town brook

Volunteers take part in a clean-up of Croyland Brook and Park
Volunteers take part in a clean-up of Croyland Brook and Park

Six shopping trolleys, a mattress, an armchair, carpet and more than 20 bags of rubbish were collected during a clean-up of a litter-strewn town brook.

The clean-up of the brook and surrounding grassland from Croyland Road to Kingsway in Wellingborough took place on Saturday.

Members of Wellingborough Rotary Club and Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club took part, along with representatives from the Campaign to Protect Rural England, members of the Inner Wheel group and volunteers from the Hope Project in Wellingborough.

Bob Parfitt from Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club said: “The amount of rubbish taken from the brook was unbelievable.

“There were six trolleys – two still had £1 coins in, two buggies, one mattress, one huge carpet, one armchair, bricks, numerous pieces of wood, plastic and metal, plastic and glass bottles, cans and many bags of general rubbish.

“The litter pickers also collected sacks of the usual rubbish from the grass and pathways.”

Cathy Mulholland, who was among those who took part, said: “I couldn’t get over what a mess it was, there was everything in the brook. There were cushions and pieces of a motorbike. It was really disgusting.

“People really ought to take better care of where they live because I don’t think they have got any respect for it at all. They should be grateful for the parks and green spaces instead of just treating them like dumping grounds.”

The group now hopes to carry out a clean-up of the brook three times every year.