Residents asked to nominate town 'grot spots' in bid to clean up Boston
PEOPLE are being asked to put forward 'grot spots' in Boston to be cleaned as part of a community project to spruce up the town.
Preparations are underway for the sixth Big Boston Clean-up from Monday, April 8 to Thursday, April 11.
Staff from partner agencies and volunteers will be out and about cleaning up the streets and waterways as part of the Boston Borough Council initiative which began in 2008.
Over the last five years 60 tons of rubbish have been collected from the town's streets and waterways by 3,303 volunteers.
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The council's environment and sustainability officer Jen Moore wants people to nominate grot spots in dire need of a clean-up, including land in private ownership. She would also like volunteers who would like to take part in the clean-up to come forward.
She said: "The Big Boston Clean-up has a significant impact on the appearance of the town and proves that by working together we can make a positive difference.
"There is a great atmosphere and community spirit giving volunteers the opportunity to meet lots of new people. You are more than welcome to join with us for a free lunch, kindly prepared and served by the churches in and around Boston, so please come and join in."
High-visibility waistcoats, litter pickers, gloves and bags are provided, along with health and safety advice.
Volunteers will meet each day at the Assembly Rooms at 9.30am. They can nominate the zone they would like to clean up so they can help make a difference in the very areas where they live and do as little, or as much, as they feel able.
Use of the Assembly Rooms, the clean-up's traditional HQ, has been made available this year by the new owner, businessman Matt Clark, who has also offered use of facilities at The Waterfront which he now also owns.
Schools will again be taking part in their own clean-up, tackling their grounds and public areas close by, from March 18 to 27. Schools so far signed up are Boston West Academy, Park Community School and St Mary's Roman Catholic School, Boston, Kirton Primary School and Wrangle Primary School.
The clean-up will help support Boston's bid for recognition in this year's Britain in Bloom event.
In 2011 the Clean Up won the national Green Apple award, entirely due to the hard work and enthusiasm of all the volunteers that have taken part over the years. Last year Boston and Boston West Academy received silver in-bloom awards at their first attempt.
Those wishing to take part can download a form by logging on to http://forms.boston.gov.uk/survey/cleanup/pledge.asp or contact Jen Moore on 01205 314583.