A RECORD number of volunteers turned out to help spruce up a town.
More than 1,000 members of the public took time out for the annual Mold Spring Clean which finished on Monday – picking litter and refurbishing benches, sign posts and bollards.
More than 250 bags were filled with rubbish over the course of the weekend, with volunteers racking up around 1,600 hours of volunteer time.
Residents, schools, businesses and local organisations took part in the event which ran from Friday, clearing areas that had been identified as ‘grot spots’ before the event.
There was a particular focus on land close to Maes Gwern in Mold, where so much rubbish had accumulated that a 7.5-ton council lorry had to be brought in to clear the mess away.
Old tents, quilts, batteries, trolleys, old clothes, bottles and cans were all collected from the site by volunteers.
Mold Mayor Robin Guest said: “It’s really pleasing to see the large numbers of young people who have turned out to help in our annual town clean-up.
“I’m sure that I speak for the whole of the town council when I say a great big thank you and well done.”
Alongside mascot Springy, volunteers were joined by army and air cadets, church groups, youth organisations and local councillors.
Dave Hill, Mold town manager said: “I’d like to express a big thank-you to all the businesses who take the time and trouble to get involved.
“Many people have commented that the town overall was much cleaner than in previous years.
“We’ve put this down to two main reasons; firstly, that we had cleared away the legacy of many previous years of neglect but most importantly, the community itself is taking greater pride in the town and not dropping as much litter.”