Green award for campaign

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A COMMUNITY crusade to help brighten up Boston has been given national recognition.

The Big Boston Clean-up campaign picked up the bronze in the Green Apple Awards, making it third for all district and borough councils in the country.

Boston Borough Council officers picked up the gong at a Green Organisation environment group event at the House of Commons.

George Bernard and Jen Moore went to the capital on behalf of the district – but had thought they were going to make the trip back to Lincolnshire empty handed when they had won nothing as the event went into the national awards phase.

They were delighted to pick up the bronze – only beaten by Stafford and North Hertfordshire, which are much bigger local authorities.

George said: “You are not told in advance what award you have won and we began to feel very nervous when all the smaller awards came and went.

“We were over the moon to have won one of the national awards. It’s not just for the council, it’s for all who have helped in any way with the Big Boston Clean-up. It’s recognition for dedication, hard work, commitment and community involvement.”

The clean-up was a team effort for 62 organisations – including this newspaper – and over the last four years 2,366 volunteers have helped clean up 57 tons of litter and fly tipping.

The Big Boston Clean-up scored highly both as an environmental project and a successful community and partnership initiative.

It has spawned spin-offs such as one-off litter picks, community champions involving volunteers from the community, schools, organisations doing regular clean ups in their local area, more than 50 people registered as community champions and two champion schools and, this year, the launch of a multi-agency fly–tipping task team.