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The Mesnes Event - Pick Up In The Park
Monday 21st March, 2005

Wiganers have proved their passion for Mesnes Park by giving up their own time to make it a litter free zone.

The park in Wigan town centre is now looking spotless thanks to a massive clean-up campaign organised by the council’s Street Scene team.

Students from Wigan & Leigh College, volunteers from The Friends of Mesnes Park, Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust Green Spaces Team and Wigan Council’s Street Scene teams joined forces for the litter pick.

The Street Scene team has consistently proved its commitment to cleaning up the borough with litter picks across Wigan and this latest event is one of three scheduled for the park this year.

As well as the hands-on side of the clean up, tutorials are also taking place at the college on the theme of the environment and the anti-social problems of littering.

The Street Scene team provided all the litter-picking equipment for the day and even laid on ice-creams from Frederick's Café in Mesnes Park for everyone who took part.

Parks Community Liaison Officer Sharon Saunders, said:

“Our parks and open spaces are important recreational places for many different groups of users. Mesnes Park is special and keeping it clean is one element of making it a place where people want to come and visit. We also have other plans for the park which will include lit routes, CCTV and providing a co-ordinated programme of activities.”

Wigan & Leigh College Environmental Co-ordinator Gill Sinnott, added:

“Mesnes Park is a fantastic backdrop to our Pagefield site and the college recognises the importance of keeping the park clean. We know that litter is a problem but hopefully we can help to address this with the three litter-picks a year with help from our students. We are also helping to educate our pupils in the classroom about environmental crime.”

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