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Station adoption group joins in the Great British Spring Clean

Volunteers at Squires Gate Station took the opportunity to tackle litter and fly-tipping at their adopted station on the South Fylde Line between Blackpool and St Anne’s. 

Some of the nine bags of litter collected by volunteers at Squire's Gate Station

Some of the nine bags of litter collected by volunteers at Squire’s Gate Station

The clean-up mission was part of the Great British Spring Clean – Britain’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. The volunteers collected nine bags of rubbish in total and nationwide, the campaign hopes to collect a million bags of litter by April 2.

The volunteers split into two teams – one to tackle the active platform and the other to work on the derelict platform area, which the station group has been turning into a wildlife haven and much more.

Station volunteer Paul Nettleton said: “We concentrated on a major litter pick today. The volunteers amassed a total of nine bags of rubbish.

“You name it, we’ve collected it: plastic bottles, crisp packets, beer cans, pieces of wood, footballs, blocks of polystyrene and a bicycle tyre. Squires Gate station now looks neat and tidy. It’s all in a day’s work!”

Tony Ford, Chairman of the South Fylde Line Community Rail Partnership added: “This station group are fantastic. They have really made their mark on the station and the surrounding land. They are a credit to the Community Rail movement.”

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