One of the biggest community clean-ups the city has ever seen took place last Sunday (17 March).

More than 60 residents, both young and old, took part in the event in the Kingsmead area. They included 17 pupils and two teachers from the Kings School, as well as a group of Algerian students from the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University.

In total, more than 70 sacks of litter were collected across a large part of Canterbury, including Northgate, St Stephen’s, St Radigund’s and Kingsmead. As well as the usual rubbish, participants found a huge road sign, extractor tubing, a broken bin, a discarded Redlets To-Let sign, an abandoned fishing rod and even a bag of cash.

The clean-up was organised by the Friends of Kingsmead Field and was the first in a series of community litter picks that will take place around the city during the Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide clean-up which is coordinated each year by Keep Britain Tidy.

Find a litter pick on Keep Britain Tidy’s website.