A clean environment means for a proud and safe community, reducing crime and providing communal areas that are pleasant to use. Communal and public areas such as streets and parks are used daily by many people. However, use of these shared spaces means they end up worn, dirty or neglected. Over the winter months, pavements get soiled and incidents such as vandalism or littering mean that the public areas are no longer a nice place to be.
By gathering local residents and people of the community who care for the area in which they live, Community Cleanups can retain and preserve neat and tidy communal areas, for their own and others enjoyment.
The operation involves:
· clearing litter, debris and dirt off street roads and pavements
· the removal of chewing gum, graffiti from walkways, walls, garages and benches
· cutting back overgrown bushes, grass and plants from places where they are a nuisance
· restoring street furniture which may be damaged, worn or unclean
· washing playground equipment so that children can enjoy their local park
· reducing any construction material build up
By cleaning up outdoor public spaces, not only is communal pride in the area retained but also crime is likely to be reduced. Graffiti is likely to escalate where vandalism already exists, so cleanliness of the community is paramount.
If an area has simply become worn and dull as many old outdoor areas do, then it may be in need of some tender loving care. A few new plants, shrubs or greenery can really help to brighten a dismal street or grey town centre. Or it could be that a space requires constant maintenance, in which case the area might need re-planning. This does not have to cost a lot of money and may only require simple installations such as extra litter bins, anti-vandalism strategies or even wall wrapping.
There are local initiative groups whom are available to support communities who are in need of help with cleaning up their area. They encourage members of the public who recognise abandoned areas, to set up a project gathering other residents together when their streets are in need of a clean.
Everyone will notice once a local park or green has been cleared up, and awareness of a safer and cleaner environment will remind people to take care of the areas that they use so regularly. Hopefully this will encourage more people to get involved with the next big clean up.