Help give your town or village a spring clean

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OVER 1600 people in the Borders have signed up to take part in Scotland’s National Spring Clean going on this month and here in Berwickshire clean-up week for most towns and villages starts on Monday, April 23, ready for judging of this year’s Keep Berwickshire Tidy competition the following week.

Berwickshire Civic Society run the Keep Berwickshire Tidy campaign and judges will be looking for contenders for their annual awards to the best community council areas, from April 30.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, said: “Every Scot can play their part in keeping our communities litter free.

“The National Spring Clean campaign is a great way of encouraging everyone to play their part in keeping our recreational areas and countryside clean. This annual campaign continues to grow; last year more than 97,000 people gave up their time to pick up more than 1,000 tonnes of litter between them.”

Gloves and bags will be available from the council offices in Duns, but due to demand litter pickers may be in short supply.