Sixteen children from Millbrook Primary School and 12 from Lydiard Park Academy took part in a mass clean up of Freshbrook Village Centre at the end of May.
The were assisted by dentist Brendon Ball, local PCSOs, Swindon Council Neighbourhood Wardens, the manager of Tesco Nathan Neate, church youth worker Dave Davidson, community facilitator Gail Light and Hairworks glam gardeners: Laura Fertnig and Tracy Knight.
Millbrook Year 6 pupil Daniel Young said: “It’s great to make such a difference to our area; I hope people will have noticed what we’ve done.”
Tesco manager Nathan Neate said he had only arrived in early May. “I’ve been with the company 26 years and I’ve never seen a community mobilised like this. It shows people are proud of their area.”
Brendon Ball, who does a litter sweep every morning outside his surgery said: “It was a fantastic effort; I hope others will realise the difference and make an effort not to drop litter around the village centre.
In 2012 Swindon Council allocated £120,000 to refurbish a number of local centres. This has now been cut to £100,000. Plans for Freshbrook include removing planters to create more parking spaces and to designate spaces for people with disabilities.
A new entrance sign is also being considered.