School kids helped clean up Lee Mount as part of a community project.
Youngsters from the St George’s Youth Project took time out of their school holidays to embark on the challenge - which saw more than ten Calderdale Council vans fill up with dumped waste.
Leading the project was Sara Holroyd. She said: “We’ve done 32 properties in total, gardens mainly.
“Local residents came forward about six months ago alerting St George’s to the problem.
“We’ve had more and more residents getting involved.
One of the 11 youngsters involved was Caitlyn Barber, 11, who described the week as bitter-sweet. She said: “It stinks. It’s important to get involved though because the community’s a better place but it does stink.”
Meanwhile more than 100 pupils from Lee Mount Primary School joined forces with another team of volunteers in rejuvenating their community church garden.
The group worked on the conservation project at neighbouring St George’s Church which is set to see its overgrown graveyard transformed into a habitat for local wildlife.
As well as getting their hands dirty planting different shrubs and flowers, the children will also be shown new bird and bat boxes that will form part of the new garden. St George’s vicar, Gordon Varley, said: “We wanted to transform what had been a very drab area into something that can be enjoyed.”