Spring Clean gets a fantastic response

Buxton Town Team's big spring clean, the volunteers are briefed before spreading out across the town
Buxton Town Team's big spring clean, the volunteers are briefed before spreading out across the town

More than 200 people helped with the Big Buxton Spring Clean organised by Buxton Town Team.

Last Wednesday, over 100 students and staff from St Anne’s Primary School, Buxton Community School, St Thomas More School and Buxton and Leek College cleaned the railings around the Pavilion Gardens.

And at the same time businesses were out cleaning their premises and surrounding areas while members of Buxton Rotary Club spring cleaned Terrace Road and Scarsdale Place.

Then on Saturday morning, around 80 people gathered at Turner’s Memorial and spent the day washing signs, benches and bollards, pulling up weeds and picking up litter.

Tina Heathcote, Town Team member, said: “We have been delighted by the response to the first Buxton Spring Clean.

“Support has been brilliant – people were stopping us in the street saying that they will help next year - but we haven’t stopped yet for this year.

“The Buxton Spring Fair is on Monday May 5 and we want to decorate the town ready for that, the wells dressing and festivals.

“Buxton Methodist Church is kindly loaning their premises for a Bunting Bee on Thursday April 24 at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in and help.”

Those taking part on Saturday included a number of individual volunteers, members of Buxton Lions, staff from The Old Hall Hotel and High Peak Borough Council as well as MP Andrew Bingham and Leader of the Council, Caitlin Bisknell, who were out in force with Town Team members.

Waitrose partners, who had already done sterling work cleaning Spring Gardens car park last Wednesday, returned to clean Sylvan Park.

Spring cleaners provided most of their own equipment and Robert from RG Cleaning Supplies kindly supplied cleaning fluid and rubber gloves.

A small mountain of litter was collected and plastic milk containers, which were used as water carriers, were returned to be recycled into flowers for bunting.