Last month, 74 volunteers and residents worked with teams from across the council to clean up a two mile stretch of land between Cudworth and Darfield. Over two days the volunteers and teams cleared five tonnes of rubbish, which included 350 purple bags of litter, transforming the area.
The big clean-up came about when Janet, a local resident, got in touch to see if something could be done about the rubbish building up in the area. Thanks to Janet, 74 volunteers and residents from across Barnsley got involved with the clean-up, who worked with the Cudworth Councillors, the North East Area Team, Barnsley Community Build, and the our Highways and Neighbourhood Services teams.
Litter picking took place over two days on 3 and 4 July, with four sessions, and 350 bags of rubbish collected. Volunteers and teams worked over two miles of lane at Storrs Mill Lane, Crook House Lane and Edderthorpe Lane. Those who took part said they felt valued, and part of a team and community that cares about their local area and the environment.
You can take a look at a video of the event here, featuring plenty of photos from the weekend of the volunteers, those involved, and the fantastic transformation of the area.
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “I feel really proud that so many people across Barnsley volunteer their time to support with things like litter picking. These volunteers and teams did a fantastic job clearing litter in their local area, and it’s so great to see people coming together to protect our borough.”
Cllr Charlie Wraith, who represents the Cudworth ward, said: “I’m really proud of all the volunteers who have taken the time out of their weekend to help care for their local environment, and proud to be part of such a transformation in the local area. Everyone in attendance did a brilliant job, and it just goes to show what our communities can achieve when we work together.”
Cllr Kevin Osborne, who represents the Darfield ward, said: “It was great to see so many people join together to clean up and look after their local area. I’d like to say thank you to all of the volunteers, residents, and teams who came along to help out on the weekend – thanks to everyone involved the area is now looking fantastic.”
You can find out more about volunteering opportunities in Barnsley on the Barnsley CVS website.