by Sian Pettman
Canterbury has a growing tradition of holding community litter-picks to help clean up the city’s streets.
Yesterday’s litter-pick in Kingsmead was probably the largest community clean-up that the city has ever seen.
More than 60 residents participated, both young and old, residents and students, representing a broad cross-section of Canterbury life.
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Seventeen pupils and two teachers from the King’s School helped out, as did a group of Algerian students from the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University.
All the participants divided into teams and spread out across a large swathe of Northgate, St Stephen’s, St Radigund’s and Kingsmead.
Altogether they collected over 70 sacks of litter, mostly bottles, cans and fast-food containers.
In addition, they found a huge road sign, extractor tubing, a broken bin, a discarded to-let sign, an abandoned fishing rod and even a bag of cash.
Yesterday’s clean-up was organised by the Friends of Kingsmead Field.
It was the first in a series of community litter-picks that will take place around the city during the Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide clean-up which is coordinated each year by Keep Britain Tidy.
The next litter-pick will take place at 2pm on Sunday, March 24 in the St Stephen’s area of Canterbury at Beverley Meadow.
All of the litter-picks are organised by community groups and residents associations, and equipment is provided by Canterbury City Council.