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Students join city tidy-up

Students went out picking up litter as part of a campaign to clean up the city.

The students, from the University of Leicester, took part in a litter-clearing event as part of the city council’s Spring Clean campaign.

They spent two hours walking around the university campus and neighbouring Victoria Park picking up bits of rubbish from the ground. Park and street cleaning staff from Leicester City Council also took part in the operation.

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “This is a great example of what the Big Spring is all about. It encourages people to take pride in the areas of the city where they live and work, and to play a part in keeping looking their best for everyone’s benefit.”

Ellen Holmes, of the University of Leicester’s environment team, said: “Victoria Park is very popular amongst University of Leicester students and this a fantastic opportunity for them to give something back to the community and make a positive difference to an area that they enjoy.”

The Big Spring Clean is an eight-week campaign of environmental clean-up events across the city in which members of the public are encouraged to take part.

Friends, families, neighbours, community and voluntary groups, schools, students, youth clubs and businesses have all been giving up their time to tidy up open spaces, parks, woodlands, rivers and streets.

The council offered free gloves, refuse sacks, litter pickers, advice and support to anyone taking part. It also arranged to make special collections of any bags of litter.


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