Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council got out and about to support local residents, groups and schools with their ‘Big Spring Clean’ in central Craigavon.
Council staff joined up with St. Anthony’s Primary School, Asda volunteers and representatives from Live Here Love Here to clean up areas of the black paths in and around Marlborough Retail Park.
Led by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the annual campaign takes place during the months of March and April and is Northern Ireland’s largest community clean-up campaign.
Lord Mayor Councillor Julie Flaherty who helped out at the clean-up in Craigavon commented,
“It was wonderful to see the amount of volunteers we had out on such a beautiful spring day doing their bit to preserve the beauty of our borough. The children who took part were so enthusiastic and just wanted to get stuck in and collect as much rubbish as possible, a real inspiration”.
Council supported many other clean-up operations right across the borough, providing the necessary equipment to local primary schools in Armagh and staff in Armagh Observatory & Planetarium as well as assisting Banbridge Rathfriland High School and 1st Rathfriland Beaver and Cub Scout group on their litter pick.
Supporting the Craigavon clean-up, Elaine Livingstone, Community Champion at Asda Portadown said,
“It was brilliant joining forces with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and local students from St. Anthony’s Primary School to help tackle litter in our area – everyone really pitched in to keep our lovely area looking its best!”
Since the inception of this initiative, 553,571 volunteers have participated in clean-up activities removing over 800 tonnes of waste! It is open to individuals, schools, community groups and businesses from all communities wishing to rid their streets of litter and discarded rubbish.
To get involved with a clean-up as a resident, group, school or business please contact Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council on 0300 0300 900.