A team of nearly 60 volunteers joined forces with the police, local businesses and services last week (01/11) in a bid to clean up the streets of their local community.

The day of action in Druids Heath saw the group, made up of mainly 10 – 17 year-olds, collect half a ton of rubbish from open spaces, hedgerows and public footpaths.

The event was funded by the local housing team to help deter anti-social behaviour and encourage pride in the area.

PCSO Nadeem Mahmood from Brandwood Police briefing volunteers and a group of young people who gave up their half-term fun to make the area a cleaner and safer place for all to enjoy.

All of the participants on the day received a thank-you certificate and a bag of sweet treats for their efforts, kindly donated by Sainsbury’s in Maypole and Tesco Express in Hollywood.

One resident who attended the event said: “The event went really well and the area is looking much cleaner. The kids even loved taking part! It was great working together.”

Local kids with Sgt Karen Hunn from Brandwood Police

PCSO Nadeem Mahmood, from the Brandwood Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “I’m really pleased to see that this day was a great success.

“The feedback from residents has been really positive and I like to see us all coming together to make a huge positive difference to the areas we live and work in.”

The community clean-up was deliberately organised to coincide with the half-term week for local schools, so as many children as possible could take part.