West Cumbria's community clean up

Teams of volunteers come together to spruce up their local community in west Cumbria. Organisers are overwhelmed by the numbers who have come forward.

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Council cuts spur Copeland Group clean-up

A group set up in West Cumbria to clean up some of the scruffier areas of towns and villages has attracted thousands of followers on Facebook.

The Copeland Action Group has only been going for two weeks and it already has more than 4000 people on its site

The idea is that local people nominate places in need of a tidy up. And then volunteers come along to help.

The group was started by one man, who felt that cuts to the local council's budget meant maintenance work in public areas just wasn't being done.

Matthew Taylor reports.

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Cumbria clean-up gives 'a real buzz'

The Copeland Action Group has been set up via Facebook to clean up towns and villages in West Cumbria.

Via there Facebook, people can offer suggestions and volunteers will come and help, for example the garden of an elderly person in Whitehaven.

Ian Butterworth, the founder of Copeland Action Group says it gives him a 'real buzz'.

Copeland group take action on West Cumbria

The Copeland Action Group has more than 4000 people on it's Facebook site Credit: PA

A group has been set up in West Cumbria, with thousands of followers on Facebook, that has been cleaning up lots of scruffy areas in towns and villages.

The Copeland Action Group has only been going for two weeks and it already has more than 4000 people on its Facebook site.

The idea is that local people can nominate things that need tidying and volunteers come along to help, including the garden of an elderly person in Whitehaven.