The number of ‘Big Spring Cleans’ undertaken in Mid Ulster has tripled in 2018.
A total of 36 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 Kenneth Reid, said:
“So many people, from young children to older people, gave of their time to collect rubbish and spruce up local streets, roads, parks and open spaces.
“Their sense of civic responsibility and community pride should serve as an inspiration to others - and be a source of embarrassment for those who care so little for their local environment that they litter without thought of the impact of their actions on their friends and neighbours, never mind the annual street cleaning bill of £1.5M funded by local ratepayers”.
Participating groups were: Cookstown High School, Orritor Primary School, Derrychrin Primary Schools, First Cookstown (Derryloran) Guides, Cookstown Archery Club, Washingbay Community Association, Augher Community Garden Project, Drummerer Lane Coalisland, Millview Manor Coalisland, Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, Donaghmore Horticultural Community, St Joseph’s Donaghmore, St Mary’s Aughnacloy, Eglish GFC, Windmill Wood Dungannon, Killyman Primary School, White City Community Association, Moss Road Maghera, Craigadick Road Residents Maghera, Mr Kennedy Castledawson, Bann Valley Community Big Spring Clean, Hillhead Road Residents Castledawson, The Big Spring Clean Ballinascreen, Killowen Community Clean Up, Leckagh Community Clean Up, Desertmarting GAC, Swatragh Community Clean Up, St Columba’s Primary School Straw, St Colm’s High School Draperstown, St Columb’s Primary School Cullion, Knocknagin Primary School Desertmartin, John Bosco’s Primary School Ballynease; New Row Primary School Castledawson and Castledawson Primary School Maghera.