Swinton big litter pick-up

Volunteers on a clean up at Brookfields Children's Centre in Swinton.
Volunteers on a clean up at Brookfields Children's Centre in Swinton.

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers have been out and about in Swinton to clear away litter which has blighted a youth centre and two beauty spots.

Staff from a number of organisations teamed up with volunteers to improve the grounds of Brookfield Children’s Centre, Horsefair Park and Pottery Pond.

The area around the children’s centre had become overgrown because fly-tippers had been using it to dump garden waste.

But workers from Groundwork Dearne Valley joined forces with staff from the Capita and O2 call centres to clear the land.

The team spent the day tidying pathways, clearing weeds, brambles, nettles and waste. Volunteers also revamped and tidied up the play garden.

A group of about 20 worked together to transform the outdoor area which will be used to provide children and families with a play area and gardening project in 2013.

Jo Reece, an outreach worker at Brookfield Children’s Centre, said: “We are simply over the moon with the work that has been done to the garden, the children are now able to play out in it and absolutely love it.

“Thanks again to everyone for all your hard work we really do appreciate it.”

Groundwork Dearne Valley members also pulled on their gardening gloves to cut back vegetation, remove rubbish and clear out the pond at Horsefair Park.

They followed this with a clear up of the town’s historic Pottery Pond area, close to the site of the former Rockingham Pottery.

Claire Shaw, funding and volunteer co-ordinator at Groundwork Dearne Valley, said the community had achieved a lot during the three action days.

She said: “Being involved with local businesses and community centres is something we really believe in.

“Just one day of volunteering can be very rewarding.”