Volunteers spruce up Rushden Greenway

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A team of more than 30 volunteers braved a chilly September morning by getting their hands dirty in a big community clean-up.

The team filled eight wheelie bins full of rubbish earlier today (Saturday, Sept 15) in sprucing up part of the Greenway, in Rushden.

The event was organised by East Northamptonshire Council, as part of their environmental crime campaign, I Love East Northants, and about 15 members heeded the call, along with staff from Rushden’s Asda superstore.

Armed with litter pickers, the group, which included town councillors and waste managers from East Northamptonshire Council, cleared up wood, litter, bottles, cans, and other mess from the section of the Greenway which runs past Asda in Rushden.

They started at 8.30am and had completed their work less than two hours later.

Charlotte Tompkins, waste services manager at East Northants Council, said: “We’re pleased with the turnout from the public as this is their area and we want it to be kept tidy.

“I think that clean-up like this really bring together the community.

“We’ve had members of the public, councillors, Asda, plus officers from East Northamptonshire Council, and they have all done a great job.

“It is very important to keep public walks and green spaces clean and we want people to be proud of them.”

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

A litter pick took place at the Greenway in March this year, where 70 volunteers mucked in to clean the area.

A full report plus pictures will be in Thursday’s Telegraph.