Community rallies round to help clean litter strewn stream in Bury

Volunteers joined West Suffolk Green Party members who were cleaning a litter strewn stream in Bury St Edmunds
Volunteers joined West Suffolk Green Party members who were cleaning a litter strewn stream in Bury St Edmunds

Traffic cones, bottles, a road sign and trolley were among the scores of items removed from a litter strewn stream during a community led clean-up.

About nine residents joined three Suffolk Green Party members to help clear the River Lark, at the point it’s known as Tayfen stream, in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday morning.

Volunteers joined West Suffolk Green Party members who were 'spring cleaning�" a litter strewn stream in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150102-153304009

Volunteers joined West Suffolk Green Party members who were 'spring cleaning�" a litter strewn stream in Bury St Edmunds ANL-150102-153304009

It followed an appeal for volunteers by County Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer who was thrilled with the response.

He said: “It was really joyous to see so many people enthusiastic about caring for the environment and wanting to participate .

“There was one woman who went past the stream every day and she said ‘I’ve always thought this needs to be cleaned up’ so she was really excited by it.

“People were going past showing their support for what we were doing.”

Items removed from the stream included about six traffic cones, 70 bottles, food cartons, a road sign and trolley.

Cllr Ereira-Guyer, leader of the Green and Independent Group, said he is now looking to organise other clean-ups in the town.

It ties into the Bury Free Press ‘Let’s Be Proud of Bury’ campaign, which inspired residents to look after the town’s street scene.