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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Restaurant workers go al fresco in Carlisle garden clean-up

Staff at McDonald’s are doing their bit to help clean up Carlisle.

Carlisle litter pick photo
Sarah-Jane Cowley with son James Broatch

Members of the teams at the Scotch Street and Kingstown branches have joined up once again with council gardeners and park staff to help transform a city centre grot spot.

Around 12 volunteers and members of the city council’s green spaces team were at Portland Square on Wednesday morning picking up litter and weeding the grounds.

Scotch Street manager Eve Hills said: “It was inspiring to see so many of my team join forces with the city council team to help revitalise Portland Square and make it an inviting place for people to visit while in the city.

“Through events such as this, we want to help our local communities feel proud of where we live and we’re delighted we had the opportunity to make a real difference to the area.”

The summer clean-up is part of Carlisle City Council’s ongoing campaign to encourage residents and businesses to make the city cleaner.

McDonald’s in Carlisle has worked with the council for a number of years on anti-littering and clean-up events.

The work in Portland Square will also form part of McDonald’s nationwide support of Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-littering campaign, ‘Love Where You Live’.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign encourages the public to take action and help reduce the amount of litter in their local area and across England by 2020. McDonald’s was the first restaurant to introduce litter patrols in the UK.

Councillor Elsie Martlew, deputy leader of Carlisle City Council, said: “The aim of our Cleaner Carlisle campaign is to promote a culture of behavioural change, not a quick-fix solution. There has been a great deal of publicity in the local press encouraging people to report environmental crime.

“We need residents and businesses to work alongside us to tackle litter, dog fouling and other anti-social behaviour.”

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