A programme which aims to get County Durham communities clean and tidy is moving on to its latest destination.

Operation Spruce Up arrives at Bowburn on Monday 3 April and will see community groups join staff from Durham County Council to carry out a ‘deep clean.’

Work will be centred around the A177, Durham Road and surrounding areas.

It will involve the sweeping, clearing and edging of footpaths – with weeds and chewing gum to be removed and jet washing carried out. It will also involve painting and cleaning  bollards, fencing and benches.

Channels and gullies will be cleared, old bins replaced, weeds removed from green spaces, shrub beds taken out, pruned and replanted, trees pruned and street markings renewed.

The council’s civic pride team will also be working with Bowburn Junior and Infant Schools on assemblies and a poster competition, both of which will aim to educate pupils on the importance of looking after their environment.

Local businesses including McDonalds, East Durham Rural Corridor Area Action Partnership (AAP) will be involved.

Oliver Sherratt, the council’s head of direct services, said: “We will be working to get Bowburn looking its best and we are very grateful to have schoolchildren and local businesses on board.”

Operation Spruce Up was launched in November and takes in a new town or village centre each month.

One location from each of the council’s AAP areas will be visited before the programme ends in December.

March saw a clean up of South Moor, focused on Park Road, South Moor Road and surrounding area and involved Stanley AAP.

Pupils and staff from Greenland Community Primary School joined council workers in a litter pick.

Children from the school also attended Spruce Up assemblies and took part in a poster competition with winning entries now on display around the community.

Residents, businesses and communities can find out more by emailing the civic pride team at civicpride@durham.gov.uk or visiting www.durham.gov.uk/spruceup