Clean the Dene with students and volunteers
On a blustery day in mid March, local students and volunteers came together to help Clean the Dene in a series of litter picking sessions around Hylton Dene.
First out were students from Castle View Enterprise Academy, with around 30 year seven pupils and 10 of the school's geography ambassadors heading out of school to move litter from the paths around the entrance. Donning hi-vis jackets they worked hard to collect twenty-six bags of rubbish from around the school and along Craigavon Road, despite high winds making rubbish bags somewhat hard to handle!
Volunteer sessions followed on Friday and Saturday mornings, with people from Hylton Castle, Castletown, and further afield meeting at the play area to pick litter up from around the pathways, in the brambles, and along towards the lake. Joined by local councillors, they worked hard to collect around another thirty sackfuls of litter.
By the end of the sessions, a real difference had been made along some of the paths through the dene. There is much more to be done however, so if you'd like to join in please take a look at the events page for details of future sessions. All are welcome, and together we can make Hylton Dene a better place for local people to use, for visitors to enjoy, and for wildlife to thrive.