Volunteers and staff from Calderdale Council’s safer, cleaner, greener teams sprung into cleaning areas of the Lower Valley.
As part of the Big Clean 2014, the campaign kicked off in Hipperholme, Brighouse, and Rastrick to ensure the borough is looking its best.
Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Business Change, Robin Tuddenham, said: “We had a successful and very productive start to the Big Clean in the Lower Valley. The day started in Hipperholme, where we had a great turn out of around a dozen volunteers and support from councillors.
“We managed to collect over 20 full bags of litter and also took down fly posting and tidied up plants in the area.
“The hard work continued in Elland, Greetland, Stainland, Brighouse and Rastrick, where teams worked with volunteers, councillors and community groups to collect litter, and even a discarded television and kettle!”
In Brighouse the area by St Martin’s Church on Church Lane and the Waring Green area were targeted as the SCG team dealt with the remains of a fire in the area.
Members of the SCG team worked with the Friends of Cherry Tree Gardens who cleared up the old William Street Play Area.
A spokesperson for the group said a big thank you to area manager Philip Schofield, and to council workforce for their efforts.
“We are really pleased. It is already looking much better after only a few hours work. Simon Booth was particularly helpful and we would be very happy if he is assigned to the garden as part of his regular area.
“The daffodils that were planted in the autumn really brighten up the area and we would love it if there are any other bulbs for next Autumn.
“I am sure plenty of people in the local area will appreciate the work that has been done,”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “The Big Clean week is a great way to raise awareness and target areas which are in need of tidying up.
“The campaign is about helping people make a difference to their communities. Calderdale is a great place to live and by working together we can make it even better.”