Youngsters get hands on during tidy up

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A forgotten dumping ground in Langley Mill has been cleaned up thanks to the efforts of a housing association youth group.

The Voices of Youth Community Rangers, set up by Futures Homescape who provide around 6000 homes across Derbyshire, cleaned up the site on Gregory Avenue as part of The Big Tidy Up – a national campaign fronted by environmental organisation Keep Britain Tidy.

The eight-strong group of 11-16 year olds, led by staff from Futures Homescape, cleared away an entire skip full of rubbish from the site to make it more pleasant for the residents of the area.

Futures Homescape community development manager Sarah Whattam said: “With it being half-term, it was a perfect time to get the kids outdoors and making a real impact on the environment.

“We were amazed by how much rubbish we were able to clear and it now looks so much better. I’m sure the people who live around the area will appreciate the impact we’ve made.”

Staff from Futures Greenscape, a social enterprise company specialising in grounds maintenance, were also on hand to cut back the 
overgrown areas of the site.

This year’s event was the latest in a series of environmental projects that the Voices of Youth Community Rangers have taken part in, following litter picks and wildlife surveys from May to August this year.

The Big Tidy Up saw more than 1000 environmental projects taking place across the country.

For more information on the Voices of Youth Community Rangers, call 01773 573147.