A MAMMOTH litter pick was held to give Burrs Country Park a deep clean ahead of springtime.

The Brandlesholme Residents Association joined with members of the 'Keep Bury Clean' Facebook group and Friends of Burrs Country Park to carry out a "deep clean" of the park, off Woodhill Road.

Around 30 residents turned out with their litter picks on Sunday afternoon (April 15) to carry out the spring clean.

Hilary Marshall of the Brandlesholme Residents Association organised the event, while litter pickers, bags and hoops were supplied by Bury Council.

Laura Ettrick, one of the organisers of Friends of Burrs, said: "A lot of the dead vegetation has been cut back recently so the idea was to do a deep clean - getting up the litter that is likely to get covered over again by the new spring growth.

"There was a great spirit of comradeship and zeal among the people who came to our event.

"It was lovely to see families with young kids coming along to help.

"The weather was kind to us and we all came away feeling that we had helped to make Burrs a better place.

"Thank you to everyone who joined in - you've made a huge difference to the environment."

A mountain of rubbish bags was collected during the course of the afternoon.

Friends of Burrs is a group of around 30 residents, park users and Bury Council representatives that formed as a result of a strategic plan for the park that was published in 2015.

A new Facebook group for Friends of Burrs has accrued more than 70 members in two weeks.

The committee is currently applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for more than £110,000 to maintain and improve the park.