Park spring cleaned by committed volunteers of all ages

A local community group and proactive members of the public discovered a mattress and a frying pan while clearing litter from their local park at the weekend.

The Friends of Montgomery Street Park orchestrated a litter pick on Sunday March 27 as part of Keep Scotland Beautiful's National Spring Clean.

The group were given permanent litter kits from Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB) thanks to money from the People’s Postcode earlier this year and Sunday was the first of four mandatory clear-ups in 2011.

There were 18 people in total who turned up to take part in the event which started at 11am and lasted for about an hour.

The secretary of Friends of MSP, Tasca Bednar took part with her husband Jim and six year old daughter Bo.

She said: “Broken glass was swept up, cigarettes collected, and over ten large bags of rubbish were removed from the park. Some of the more interesting finds included a large mattress, a frying pan, and a full set of keys!

“There was also support from local businesses: Suzanne Gibson from Eero and Riley has been a staunch supporter of the group. She came and swept up cigarette butts for us, and the Greggs on Easter Road donated caramel shortbreads to the volunteers.”

She added: “I think it’s very important to keep the park tidy. More and more people want to get involved. It gives them a sense of ownership and means better care is taken of the park while encouraging a growing sense of community.”