Community clean-up is a blast

HARD-WORKING volunteers come across all sorts of rubbish as they help clear up the area – but even they were surprised by the finds of a recent outing in Lydgate.

On August 12, the Oldham Ramblers, who cut back overgrown footpaths across the borough, were clearing the path alongside the old kilns below Lydgate when they made the unusual discovery.

They came across two large supermarket bags and lemonade bottles full of empty gas cylinders hidden in the bushes at the end of Kilnbrook Close.

“I would say there were around 500 empty cylinders and included were spent balloons which would have been used to inhale the gas,” explained John Walton, from Oldham Ramblers.

“There must have been a large party, with the load being dumped after.”

The session saw seven volunteers, including one determined man on crutches, cut back brambles overhanging the path close to the entrance.

The path and steps were cleared in about one-and-a-half hours and rubbish collected, which John takes home and sorts into his bins.

Anybody interested in helping the Oldham Ramblers can contact John Walton by email or call 07929 453 335.

Their next session in Saddleworth is on Monday, September 30, meeting at 10.30am on site – at The White Lion go straight ahead along Delph Lane and footpath 58 in on the left after about 400m.

Please bring your own secateurs, loppers, safety glasses, heavy duty gloves and wet wipes to clean your hands after.

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