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Hundreds to take to lake for rubbish clear up

A piece of rubbish washed up on Windermere Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of people are preparing to begin a spring clean-up of Lake Windermere, to get it in shape for the tourist season.

The annual 'Winderclean' gets underway on Saturday, which will see 50 people picking up litter on the shoreline.

The public volunteer day will be followed by months of community groups taking turns to trawl around the lake, and organisers say they're expecting more than 500 people to get involved.

Steve Tatlock, a ranger with the Lake District National Park Authority, said: "The litter gets dropped, sometimes out on the lakes, sometimes just on streets. Then it gets blown into the lake and then the winds push it across onto the shoreline. A lot of it is plastic bottles and bits of sweety wrapper and that kind of stuff."

"But we do find some unusual stuff. We have our fair share of traffic cones and street signs. And we've even found wallets that have been lost for donkeys' years."

Over the years, an abandoned safe, traffic cones and a broken boat have all turned up during the clean-up. One year, the litter pickers found a wallet which was returned to its owner - even though it had been missing for 10 years.

But Windermere is not the only place getting ready for tourist season.

Silloth will reopen its historic green this weekend with a new adventure and water park, and a seating area.