Bedford parks’ community volunteers shortlisted for Keep Britain Tidy awards

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Bedford Park
Volunteers help maintain the flowerbeds in beautiful Bedford Park

Bedford Borough Council Community Engagement has been shortlisted in this year’s Keep Britain Tidy’s annual awards.

The awards celebrate the councils that are making significant improvements to the environment on people’s doorstep.

The Council’s Community Volunteers gave over 11,500 hours of their time to support the Borough’s local parks and open spaces last year.

The volunteers help out at events and work in the parks alongside the Council’s Country Park Officers.

Many volunteers make a real difference in their own communities by litter picking and reporting issues.

Black Tom Litter Pick
A community litter pick in Prime Ministers

Mayor Dave Hodgson said, “It is fantastic news that the Council’s Community Engagement work has been recognised, being shortlisted for this national award by Keep Britain Tidy.

“This recognition would not have been possible without the ongoing commitment of our fantastic volunteers within the Parks and Open Spaces Team, who took part in over 2,700 community volunteer sessions and events last year.

“Whether volunteering in local parks and greenspaces, carrying out litter picks, or helping with local enhancement projects, we cannot thank you enough for taking the time to make an incredible difference.”

If you would be interested in volunteering in local parks and open spaces, contact volunteering@bedford.gov.uk.