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Street Champions Celebrate Their First Birthday

Bedford’s Street Champions are celebrating their first birthday this week.

On Wednesday 24th March current Champions and other members of Pride in Bedford will be planting trees and English Bluebells in the West Lodge area of Bedford Park. They will also be unveiling a new dedicated park bench.   

Anyone can sign up to become a Champion for their street, area or village. When they join they are given a handbook listing all the details they need to report issues in their area as well as easy access to equipment such as litter pickers and graffiti wipes.

Champions are encouraged to report issues in their area such as broken street furniture, weeds, graffiti, road or pavement defects as well as taking part in local clean ups and other community events.

There are currently 96 Champions signed up across the Borough both in the urban and rural wards and since March 2009 they have:

Organised 21 events (litter picks and bulb planting)

Given at least 244 hours to attend volunteer events

17 champions have had graffiti wipes to use in their area

Many Champions have also contacted other agencies or bodies to sort out issues such as fencing and arranging for graffiti to be removed from railway bridges.  

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “To attract 96 Street Champions in just the first year is a terrific achievement and the work they do is something we can all be proud of.

“However, there is still more we can do. Becoming a Champion is a commitment to making your local area cleaner and greener and taking pride in your neighbourhood.  This is something we all want and I hope the number of street champions continues to grow– regardless of how much time people are able to give.

“The planting and the dedicated park bench in the West Lodge area of Bedford Park will be a fitting testament to Street Champions and the work they do across Bedford Borough.”

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