PICTURES: Community clean team helps Buxton sparkle

Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part
Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part

More than 300 schoolchildren from the Buxton area braved the cold weather and rolled up their sleeves to help clean up their local park.

The annual Big Railings Clean is a community pride event - led by Buxton & Leek College - which saw students and primary school pupils working together with Buxton Town Team to clean up the railings surrounding the town’s Pavilion Gardens.

Students Dan Nash and Jimmy Taylor ferrying cleaning supplies around the park with shopping trolley

Students Dan Nash and Jimmy Taylor ferrying cleaning supplies around the park with shopping trolley

Burbage School, Buxton Community School, Fairfield Junior School and St Anne’s School all sent along willing young workers who donned tabards and gloves and got to work with sponges to wash down the railings ready for the summer.

Buxton & Leek College students project-managed the event from start to finish by creating risk assessments, contacting local schools and organising sponsorship in the form of donations. They collected plastic milk cartons to help them maintain a supply of water for the cleaning.

Helen Davison, from Buxton Town Team, said: “We were very proud to work with the college. Their students and staff all worked incredibly hard to achieve a day of fun and learning for all the schoolchildren and clean railings for the Pavilion Gardens.”

Also supporting the event were volunteers from St John’s Ambulance and High Peak Borough Council.

Hollis Smallwood, Rhys Fletcher, Matthew Barton and William Wright from Fairfield Endowed School

Hollis Smallwood, Rhys Fletcher, Matthew Barton and William Wright from Fairfield Endowed School

THe Buxton and Leek College students who helped organise the clean up

THe Buxton and Leek College students who helped organise the clean up

Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part

Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part

Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part

Fairfield Endowed was amongst several schools taking part