Our town is rightly hailed the jewel in the crown of Suffolk and today the Bury Free Press is out with a team of volunteers to keep it sparkling.
Accompanied by students from Bury’s schools, employees from the town’s businesses, residents and councillors we are leading eight clean-ups.
Paul Derrick, Bury Free Press head of news content said: “Following the recent spate of graffiti we wanted to inspire the community to rally round and keep Bury shining as the gem it has always been.
“Today is the culmination of a town-wide effort to improve the outlook of the town and I’m delighted that so many people will be joining us to clean-up neglected areas.”
Since its launch our campaign has seen graffiti removed, litter cleared and action taken to improve the outlook of the town.
Improvements to the unsightly Parkway underpass have been a great success.
Alongside Suffolk County Councillor Mark Ereira we called for improvements to this town entrance.
It has since been cleared and prepared for planting with support from Bury in Bloom, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Our Bury St Edmunds.
Cllr Ereira said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the comments and reaction and more over the action - it’s all been tidied up. It could not be better. It shows what we can do.”
Today’s clean-up is the realisation of our ambition to get the community to take pride in their town and we’re delighted with the support we’ve been given.
Waste campaigner Karen Cannard said: “I think the Bury Free press campaign is fantastic because it shows that we can all play a part in looking after our community.
“What we need now is for leaders in the community to stand up and to show how much of a problem littering and graffiti is and how easy it is to avoid.
“We do not want to be living in a place surrounded by litter and from a community perspective it actually costs us as tax payers to get this stuff cleaned up.”
Throughout the campaign the often unseen work of residents and groups has been inspiring.
As our Let’s Be Proud of Bury campaign comes to a close we hope that you will take up the mantle and keep your corner of our beautiful town looking its best.