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Community Clear Up Day is plain sailing for Upton residents

It was all hands on deck for residents of Upton upon Severn who recently took part in the National Clear Up Day, which took place on Saturday 21 March.

Jackie Surtees, Chairman of Upton in Bloom and her team sailed along the Severn clearing up rubbish found along the riverbanks and wrapped around brambles and trees, filling two large bags of litter.

Malvern Hills District Council recently encouraged volunteers to join together and take part in the UK national event to help give local areas a spring clean, transform local towns and villages, whilst also saving money from street cleansing that could be spent on other vital public services. 

Ivor Pumfrey, Head of Community Services at MHDC said: "This was a great opportunity to bring people together within local communities and give their towns and villages a spruce up. Upton upon Severn is very popular with visitors and much-loved by its residents and we give a huge thank you to the volunteers who have helped to transform the river banks of Upton so people can continue to enjoy this attractive waterside town."

Jackie Surtees, Chairman of Upton in Bloom said: "Taking part in the Clear Up Day was great fun and really rewarding, we took to the river on 'Conny Lee' to pick litter from the riverbanks. Armed with litter pickers, and a long pruner, we collected lots of rubbish. Our Skipper Richard did a fantastic job of guiding Conny Lee into impossible places so we could reach litter.

"The best find was a plastic duck number 433, which was lost after one of Upton's Duck Races several years ago".