Community clears tons of rubbish from beauty spot

Community clean-up at Lynemouth Dene with (left to right) Tom Dunn-Vice Chair Parish Council, Coun Milburn Douglas and Lynn Bird-resident organiser.'REF 1803150178
Community clean-up at Lynemouth Dene with (left to right) Tom Dunn-Vice Chair Parish Council, Coun Milburn Douglas and Lynn Bird-resident organiser.'REF 1803150178

More than 300 bags of rubbish have been cleared from a village beauty spot in a community clean-up day.

Lynemouth resident Lynn Bird organised the event at Lynemouth Dene on Sunday after becoming concerned at the amount of litter in the area.

I was overwhelmed by the support there was for this.

Lynn Bird, Clean-up organiser.

She asked Lynemouth Parish Council for permission to clear it and members immediately got on board.

Mrs Bird then started spreading word of the event on Facebook, and pupils at William Leech Campus were given information about it to take home.

The result saw about 30 people turning out to clear the Dene — but little could they imagine the mammoth task that awaited.

Mrs Bird said: “I had no idea how much rubbish there was. When you walked along there it didn’t look that much, but when we got right down into the trees there was all sorts — gas cylinders, bike wheels, tyres, bits of wood and fencing. It was absolutely disgusting. It was a disgrace.

“The day itself went really well. There were 25 to 30 people there, including kids, and we had a lovely, sunny day for it.

“The clean-up was fantastic and we filled about 300 bags of rubbish.”

Despite filling hundreds of bags, there is still more to collect.

But the hard work hasn’t put the community off the project and residents are planning a fortnightly clean-up.

“All of the rubbish we collected has been taken away, but we have still got some work to do,” said Mrs Bird.

“There was old carpet that had been there for years and was stuck to the grass, and all kinds of things. It’s a nightmare, but it hasn’t put anybody off.

“There is more to do, but everybody is saying they will help again. People were saying they wanted to go down there every few weeks and make it a regular clean-up day. There is even talk of forming a formal Friends of the Dene group, which is what I wanted. I’ll definitely tag along with that.”

She added: “I was overwhelmed by the support there was for this.

“It makes walking along there a pleasure now.”