I've just got back home after one of my favourite events in the local calendar - the twice yearly 'Clean Up, Green Up' days for the Tarner and Eastern Road areas.
Four groups of local residents - numbers boosted by council staff, PCSOs and children from Queen's Park School - picked up persistent litter, collected bags of recyclable waste, and ended up planting spring-flowering bulbs at Tillstone Street, Hampshire Court, Kingswood and the Newhaven Street playground.
Four local councillors turned up: Bill Randall, Rachel Fryer, Paul Steedman and myself; I ended up at Tillstone Street, and really look forward to seeing the flowers come into bloom next year.
Events like this make a real difference to neighbourhoods - they really represent as bottom-up approach to improving people's immediate urban environment and quality of life.
More 'Clean Up, Green Up' days than ever are needed since the Tory council withdrew funding from the neighbourhood management team serving the area last year, and the date for the spring event will be in my diary as soon as the dust settles from today's activities and someone works out when it will be!