Football players and local school children were among those who took part in the latest Green Goals community clean up day.
The event saw 13 of St Michael’s School’s eco-warriors clearing rubbish and picking up litter in a bid to clean up their neighbourhood. They also received some extra help from special guests AFC Bournemouth defender Stephen Purches and the club’s mascot Cherry Bear.
In total four bags of recycling and two bags of general waste were collected from the area around West Hill Road car park.
Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director, AFC Bournemouth, said, “The clean up proved to be another very successful event organised by the Green Goals project, which is now in its fourth season.
"We were delighted with all the support we had down on the day, despite the weather, and with the amount of waste that we gathered up from the area.”
The award-winning project, launched in August 2009 by AFC Bournemouth and the Council’s Street Services, is a unique partnership of football, education and business, and aims to make Bournemouth a cleaner, safer, greener place to live, work and visit.
Further Green Goals clean up days will be taking place on 4 February at Elm Academy and 11 February at Epiphany Primary School.
Councillor Michael Filer, Portfolio Holder for Transport, Cleansing and Waste, Bournemouth Council, said, “It’s fantastic to see the children wanting to help improve our environment and tackle litter.
"By working together we can make a real difference to keep our communities clean and safe.
"Let’s hope the next clean up days prove to be just as successful.
"Once again it was also wonderful to see the support of AFC Bournemouth and defender Stephen Purches. We are very proud of the team and wish them the best of luck for promotion this season.”
The Green Goals partnership is made up of Bournemouth Council Street Services, AFC Bournemouth, Castlepoint Shopping Park, New Earth Solutions, W&S Recycling, Eco-Sustainable Solutions, J&G Environmental, The Greenhouse Hotel and NGPS Ltd.
The Green Goals’ Community Fund allows local groups to bid for grants of up to £1,000 to help them deliver environmental projects for local people.