The number of ‘Big Spring Cleans’ undertaken in Mid Ulster has risen for the second year running, with almost 50% more groups participating when compared to 2018.
A total of 58 schools, community groups and individuals right across the region took part in the annual campaign which is coordinated by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and supported locally by Mid Ulster District Council.
While the focus of the Big Spring Clean is April, litter picks and clean ups continued in Mid Ulster through May and June, involving hundreds of volunteers who collected hundreds of bags of rubbish.
Congratulating all the participants, Chair of the Council’s Environment Committee, Councillor Wilbert Buchanan, said:
“My congratulations and my thanks go to every person who participated in clean-ups this year.
“The increase shows just how important a litter-free and attractive environment is to local residents and demonstrates very clearly that civic pride is alive and well across Mid Ulster.
“While we rightly applaud this work and great sense of community spirit, we must at the same time take to task those who seem not to care about the place where they live and work, or the negative impact that their anti-social behaviour has on others and on the environment.
“Creating a litter-free environment is everyone’s responsibility and every time someone cleans up after their dog, uses a litter bin or takes their litter home, they make a difference to our streets, roads, parks and open spaces”.
Participating groups were: Ballyronan Marina Beach Clean; St Patricks Primary School, The Loup; Grange Road, Cookstown Clean Up; Stewartstown & District Village Forum; Cookstown High School; South West College, Cookstown; Coagh Primary School; Derrychrin Primary School; First Cookstown (Derryloran) Guides Unit; Orritor Primary School; St Peter’s Primary School, Moortown; Holy Trinity Primary School, Cookstown; Take-A-Bow Archery Club; St Patrick’s Primary School, Moneymore; Ballinderry Clean Up; Moortown Clean Up; Integrated College, Dungannon; Holy Family Primary School, Aughamullan; Caledon in Bloom; St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon; Aughnacloy Primary School; St Mary’s Primary School, Aughnacloy; St John’s Primary School, Moy; Eglish Cross Community Group; St Patrick’s Primary School, Donaghmore; Augher Central Primary School; 10th Tyrone Killeshill Scouts; St Mary’s Primary School, Fivemiletown; Donaghmore Horticultural Community; St Columb’s Primary School, Cullion; Spires Integrated Primary School; Culnady Primary School; St Brigid’s Primary School, Mayogall; St. Mary’s Primary School, Draperstown; St. Colm’s High School, Draperstown; Castledawson Primary School; Knocknagin Primary School, Desertmartin; St John Bosco’s Primary School, Ballynease; Magherafelt Primary School; St Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt; Kilronan School, Magherafelt; Tobermore Primary School; Desertmartin Primary School, Dromore; St John’s Primary School, Swatragh; Maghera Primary School; St Mary’s Primary School, Glenview; Crossroads Primary School, Drumnagarner; St. Columba’s Primary School, Straw; St. Eoghan’s Primary School, Moneyneena; Gaelscoil na Speirini, Straw; Swatragh GAA; Desertmartin GAA; Bann Valley Community Association; Carntogher Community Association; Moneymore Community Association; Granaghan Community Association; Slievegallion and Lissan Community Groups; Carntall PS, Clogher; St. Joseph’s PS, Caledon.