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Volunteers give south Norfolk a spring clean

PUBLISHED: 20:38 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 20:38 08 May 2013

The team from South Norfolk Council responsible for the clean sweep campaign in Diss (L to R) Lee Hainsbury, Richard Lown, Glyn Walden, Keith Kiddle, Tony Palmer and Wayne Mullen.

The team from South Norfolk Council responsible for the clean sweep campaign in Diss (L to R) Lee Hainsbury, Richard Lown, Glyn Walden, Keith Kiddle, Tony Palmer and Wayne Mullen.

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Roads, pavements and hedgerows across the south Norfolk district have a much tidier look to them now thanks to the efforts of volunteers and council staff involved with clean up events.

South Norfolk Council has been running two events to clean the area, including the Big South Norfolk Litter Pick, involving 463 volunteers and the Clean Sweep involving two mechanical road sweepers and three pavement sweepers.

During the five week clean up, which started in mid-April, the Clean Sweep collected 264 tonnes of rubbish, while the volunteers involved with the litter pick, which took place between March 1 and April 24, filled 623 bags with rubbish.

The road sweepers also swept 183 miles of roads, including 21 miles of road during a two day stint in Diss, while the pavement sweepers cleared eight miles of pavement.

The district council worked with parish councils to identify areas that needed cleaning and in the Tiffey valley, near Wymondham, 65 tonnes were collected, while in the Tas Valley the figure was 116 tonnes.

The volunteers, who took part in 41 events across the district, were responsible for clearing hedgerows, while the sweepers dealt with pavements and roads.

The Clean Sweep initiative started in Wymondham on April 15 and since then the cleaners have visited the Hethersett area in week two, the Long Stratton area in week three, the Diss area in week four and the Rockland St Mary area in week five.

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