Mansfield council cleans up at environment awards

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Mansfield District Council cleaned up at an award ceremony- after landing a gong for its efforts to spruce up the town.

The council was singled out for its highly successful ‘International Clean Up Mansfield Day’ held in April this year.

The authority was presented with the Love Where You Live Community Award at an awards ceremony in London.

The awards recognised efforts by organisations to empower communities to improve their local environment.

The first-ever International Clean Up Mansfield Day saw 32 community groups from across the district join forces to collect more than 200 bags of litter in 24 hours.

Organised by the council’s street cleansing team, it included over 30 litter picks, the installation of bird boxes, educational activities and the planting of new trees and a wildflower meadow.

Keep Britain Tidy judges praised the council for introducing an international twist to the day by contacting 33 places around the world bearing the name of Mansfield to encourage them to take part in the clean up.

Portfolio holder for the environment, Coun Philip Shields said: “We are delighted to win this prestigious award. The response we got from the people of Mansfield on the clean up day was fantastic and I would like to congratulate everyone who got involved.”

The council is now planning next year’s tidy-up on 2nd April.