Clean-up group plans fun day

HARD workers in Ravensthorpe collected 229 bags of rubbish last year – and are now planning to have some fun in the community.

The Ravensthorpe Residents’ Action Group has organised den-building and bird box-making activities for children and parents at Dewsbury Country Park’s bird sanctuary on Thursday, February 18 (10am). Those wanting to take part can meet there or at the Greenwood Centre at 10am.

Efforts will be backed by Jane Halliday, of environmental charity Groundwork, and Kirklees Council countryside officer Simon Pedley.

Cash for the event came from a £1,557 grant from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

This is for the group’s Clean and Green Project, which from next month will be planting trees, shrubs and flowers from Clarkson Street to Heron Close.

Members meet on Thursdays from 10am to 12noon for litter-picking and gardening.

Last year the volunteers collected 229 bags of rubbish over 92 hours, including 89 from around Clarkson Street.

They also picked up mattresses, furniture, clothes, bottles, carpets, oil drums and stripped cabling.

Other projects include installing bottle banks and planting plants donated by B&Q and trees given by the Environmental Alliance.

The group, members of Keep Britain Tidy’s Big Tidy Up campaign, also helps with the upkeep of grounds at St Saviour’s Church.

Karen Mayfield, of the group, said: “We apply for grants to keep running and attend community events to promote the group and raise funds whenever possible.”

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