COMMUNITY spirit was in high measure over the weekend as teams of spring cleaners dug out the marigolds and took part in county wide littering picking.

From Corsham Primary School to Marlborough Town Council, groups of people got stuck in to clean up their streets.

A national day of Spring cleaning was held on March 26 and many clean ups were funded using money from Wiltshire Council’s £86,956 share of £9.75m from the Government’s High Streets Community Clean-Up Fund. The cash paid for equipment and safety clothes for people getting involved.

Marlborough town council was joined by 13 keen volunteers, who targeted St Margaret’s Mead and the Recreation Ground.

Volunteer Mel Theobald said: “I was more than happy to give up twohours to help out, along with with my friend. We were pleasantly surprised in some areas- The Mead being one, how little litter there was. We then went up Salisbury road to the trading estate where there was much more to collect, especially rubbish stuffed in bushes!“It was a an afternoon well spent, and along with the other volunteers, including 2 police officers, it does make you realise that people do care about their surroundings, and how nice it is that people come together in the community because they want to help.”

Young volunteers got active in Corsham as a team of eco councillors bagged up rubbish around the school. Corsham primary school Eco- Councillor, Freddie Hall said: “We decided to pick up litter to be eco-friendly. We have been learning about children’s rights at school and one of the rights says we have to learn to protect the environment.”