Josh, 16, inspires clean-up in woods

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A TEENAGER is inspiring Shiregreen residents to improve a beauty spot in the community.

Josh Wilson, 16, has launched a campaign to keep Woolley Woods clear of litter.

He asked people to join him in a clean-up after talking to Sanctuary Housing and Fixers, a UK-wide community project that helps young people tackle problems they are passionate about.

Josh, who plans to organise further events, said: “The fly tipping in Woolley Woods had taken the enjoyment out of visiting the area, but thanks to the support of local residents, its natural charm is being restored.

“I feel really proud of what I have achieved and thank everyone who took part.

“I hope my work will raise awareness of the need to protect the environment and encourage everyone to look after our green spaces in Shiregreen.”

More than 30 volunteers joined in the clean-up and filled a large skip with waste or litter collected from the woods.

Sanctuary Housing has provided £30,000 funding to Fixers to support projects in four locations, including Shiregreen, across the UK.