A MAMMOTH community effort resulted in a 12-tonne mountain of rubbish being cleared from a bridleway through a Sheffield suburb.
Wincobank residents, led by boxing coach Brendan Ingle, carried out the hard work on the Trans Pennine Trail, between Meadowhall and Fife Street.
The amount removed follows previous clean-ups in recent weeks which led to 20 tonnes of rubbish being cleared.
Brendan said: “We are very fortunate in Wincobank to have fantastic areas such as the historic Wincobank Hill, ancient Woolley Woods and the Trans Pennine Trail.
“Unfortunately, they have become targets for litter and fly-tipping.
“We are all working together as a community to get on top of this problem.
“The support has been tremendous and we have averaged 30 people helping with each clean-up day.
“I would like to thank Meadowhall Travelodge and St Thomas’ Church in particular, who provided lunch and refreshments during the clean-up – it was greatly appreciated by all the workers.”
The rubbish was cleared from a half-mile section of the trail, which is popular with walkers and cyclists.
Brendan had assistance from his boxers, councillors, the community safety partnership, local businesses and residents. Groups averaged 30 public spirited people.
For years Brendan has been the reason for the spotless streets around his own St Thomas’s Gym.
As part of his lads’ training, he sends them out on the street to do their bit for the community.
The legendary trainer also helped to launch Sheffield Council’s Big Spring Clean-up this year.
The council is offering to support group initiatives for cleaning by providing plastic sacks and lending equipment.
Call the Street Force team on 0114 273 4221.