VOLUNTEERS helped clear up one of Bradford's becks with a two-day litter pick, which saw 300 bags of rubbish, 100 tyres and several fridges collected.

The action by members of Friends of Bradford's Becks cleared up Bull Greave Beck, which runs through woods between Clayton and Great Horton, near Scholemoor cemetery.

Their efforts were part of a weekend of action organised by the Aire Rivers Trust, which is now set to become an annual spring event.

Barney Lerner, chairman of FOBB said they were working with Bradford Council to try and restore the area are Bull Greave Beck.

"Unfortunately over the years it has become a hotspot for flytipping, stolen cars and quad biking which have seriously damaged the habitat and pleasantness of the area.

"Friends of Bradford's Becks are working with Bradford Council to try and restore the area. We started with a 2-day litter pick from the Great Horton side, and brought out 300 bags of rubbish, 100 tyres, several fridges and other large items.

"The pick was carried out jointly with Aire Rivers Trust staff and volunteers and staff from the Council, with over 25 people taking part over the two days. Litterpicking is very satisfying, despite it being about cleaning up rubbish - the area looks so much better now. And we saw some wildlife, including a group of roe deer that live in the area and a sparrowhawk hunting.

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"Bradford Council is looking to prevent illegal vehicle access which should reduce the flytipping and quad biking. Then it will be possible to enjoy the quietness and wildlife by following the footpaths that run from Middlebrook Walk and Deep Lane up to Brooksbank Avenue, and the informal footpaths through the woods."

He added that they have a stall at Scholemoor Beacon community centre on April 19 in the afternoon with activities for families to show them about Bradford's becks and Bull Greave Beck in particular.

FOBB and the Aire Rivers Trust will be continuing the clean up on April 28 and 29, this time meeting on the Clayton side, meeting on Hunters Park Avenue at 10am on both days. Volunteers are welcome to join in - for more information email BradfordsBecks@gmail.com.

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Nick Milsom of the Aire Rivers Trust thanked everyone involved and added: "It has been a huge effort by everyone involved and the success means that we will run it again next year and become an annual event that will benefit both the community and the river."

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