Nearly 40 people helped remove branches, fencing, rubbish, a tyre and even an ironing board during the clean-up of a brook in a town park.
Volunteers armed themselves with litter-pickers, waders and hi-vis jackets for the clean-up at Castle Field Park in Wellingborough on Saturday.
Within an hour, they had amassed a heap of old branches, fencing, bottles, cans, an ironing board, shopping trolley and an old tyre, as well as bags of rubbish.
Joined by many local residents, children and young people, volunteers were able to clear the full length of the brook during the day and four truck loads of rubbish were removed by workers from Norse.
Other items hooked out included an old bike, bags of clothes and children’s toys, a dog mess bin and railings from the side of the brook.
Event organiser Dave Smith said: “The response from the community has been fantastic.
We cleared four truck loads in the end and there’s still more to take outDave Smith
“When you organise these things you never know how many people will turn up, but today has surpassed even our most optimistic expectations.
“There have been so many people and lots of children, some with parents, others just came down to see what was going on, it’s just been incredible.
“Everyone worked so well together and we’ve done way more that we thought.
“We cleared four truck loads in the end and there’s still more to take out.”
The clean-up was organised by Castle Field Community Group, which was set up in 2012 to help improve the park and increase the number of people who use it.
Group chairman Marion Turner-Hawes was delighted with the work, but was also concerned about the safety of young people chasing after footballs into the brook.
She said: “It’s been amazing and people have been so helpful, but we are concerned about young people going into the brook after footballs.
“Footballs from the sports court are rolling in and children are going in after them, often unaware of the dangers that can await them.
“We hope that the council will be able to find some funds to put a small fence along the line of the brook behind the sports court to help reduce this problem.
“Without it we are concerned someone is going to get badly hurt.
“On Sunday we found five footballs in the brook after having cleared every one on Saturday so clearly this is an ongoing problem for our young people and we all need to pull together to resolve it as soon as possible.”
The brook clearance is one of several activities the group is undertaking to improve the park.
A meeting starting at 6.30pm tonight (Wednesday) at the Victoria Centre in Palk Road will discuss setting up a Street Watch Scheme to help reduce anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the park.
Group members will be joined by police officers who will outline the scheme and explain how people can set one up their own group.
For more details call Marion Turner-Hawes on 01933 381467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.