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Operation Spruce Up moves to Bowburn


A programme which aims to get County Durham communities clean and tidy has moved on to its latest destination.

Spruce Up Bowburn

Our workmen at Bowburn

Operation Spruce Up arrived at Bowburn on Monday 3 April and is seeing community groups join our staff to carry out a 'deep clean.'

Work is centred around the A177, Durham Road and surrounding areas.

It involves the sweeping, clearing and edging of footpaths - with weeds and chewing gum being removed and jet washing carried out. It also involves painting and cleaning  bollards, fencing and benches.

Channels and gullies are being cleared, old bins replaced, weeds removed from green spaces, shrub beds taken out, pruned and replanted, trees pruned and street markings renewed.

Our civic pride team is also working with Bowburn Junior and Infant Schools on assemblies and a poster competition, both of which aim to educate pupils on the importance of looking after their environment.

Local businesses including McDonalds, and East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) are also involved.

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Oliver Sherratt, our head of direct services, said: "We are working to get Bowburn looking its best and we are very grateful to have schoolchildren and local businesses on board." 

Operation Spruce Up was launched in November and takes in a new town or village centre each month.

One location from each of our AAP areas will be visited before the programme ends in December.

March saw a clean up of South Moor, focused on Park Road, South Moor Road and surrounding area and involved Stanley AAP.

Pupils and staff from Greenland Community Primary School joined our workers in a litter pick.

Children from the school also attended Spruce Up assemblies and took part in a poster competition with winning entries now on display around the community.

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