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Boston's clean-up army

Wow! What a turnout. Some of the more than 100 volunteers are pictured just before heading off on day two of the Big Boston Clean-up.

Organisers at Boston Borough Council were overwhelmed at such support as they all marched off into the sunshine, armed with their litter pickers and rubbish sacks.

The Staniland area was the main target on Tuesday. The first day saw the clean-up crew  concentrate in the Skirbeck quarter, Wednesday will see Fenside targeted and the final day on Thursday will be the Sleaford Road area.

But litter pickers, some familiar faces who have been on the clean-up year after year, were reporting that Boston is getting cleaner, with less rubbish to collect every year.

Since the clean-up began ten years ago amounts collected have reduced from more than ten tonnes to only six tonnes last year.

The volunteers are members of the public who want to make a difference in their town, residents who already help out with regular litter picking and assist Boston in Bloom and Boston Greenscapers, and representatives from organisations such as Mayflower, the Environment Agency, the internal drainage boards, the Probation Service, Operation Flyswat team members from HM Prison North Sea Camp and members of the council's own street cleaning team.

This year's campaign has been sponsored by Asda and Freshtime

Before this week's effort a Big School's Clean-up was held involving around 400 youngsters throughout the town and borough who tidied up in and around their own school grounds.

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