Twenty eight youngsters from Lydiard Park Academy, members of Freshbrook Church, local councillors, Swindon Council officers and staff from Swindon Commercial Services blitzed the area for three hours – cutting back overgrown trees and bushes, litter picking and removing large sarsen stones used by local youth for smashing bottles.
The academy pupils painted the wood fence to the multi-sport area before everybody returned to the church for refreshments supplied by the Windmill Pub, Freshbrook Tesco, Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza and Asda.
Resident David Miles, who initiated the project with Swindon Council locality officers Paula Harrison and Gail Light, said: “The area was looking overgrown and the amount of rubbish and glass made it quite intimidating. It was a great turn out which made a significant difference. But I think we can do more in the Spring.”
During half term over 25 adults and children tidied up the streets and squares of The Holbeins in Grange Park with help from local councillors and neighbourhood wardens.
Localities facilitator Gail Light said: “The excitement of the children was catching which caused more people to come out of their houses to help.
“In two hours the volunteers had filled well over thirty bags with leaves, branches and litter.
“Local residents walking by commented favourably and said they would come along next time.”
If you would like to get involved in a project in your neighbourhood, call Paula or Gail on 01793 466223