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Volunteers help to spruce up Narborough Road

Published on Monday, April 1, 2019

Image: Volunteers at a litter pick event in Narborough Road, Leicester

VOLUNTEERS joined a litter pick organised by the city council to help spruce up one of Leicester’s busiest streets.

The ‘flash’ event, which took place last week (Fri 29 March), aimed to show how even small positive actions, carried out over a short period of time, can have a big impact on communities.

Volunteers joined city council staff on Narborough Road in Leicester for an hour-long litter-pick between Tesco and Iceland. They collected 10 bags of litter.

The event was held in support of the Great British Spring Clean, an annual campaign organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

Dawn Hammond and Cathy Shelley, who both live locally, said they took part in the litter-pick to “put a smile on the faces of our fellow residents.”  Other volunteers at the event said litter-picking was very satisfying, and they were taking part to “make a difference for everyone.”

Penny Brown, from the city council’s parks service, said: “Local people care about their high streets because they’re the centre of their community, so we wanted to make a small contribution towards keeping it clean. It was wonderful to have the support of volunteers from other areas of the city as well. Events like this one also show the impact litter can have on the way people think and feel about an area.”

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