It's brooms and bin bags instead of pens and notepads for Telegraph journalists
DERBY Telegraph journalists swapped their notepads and pens for brooms and litter pickers to help clean up a part of the city.
The cemetery at St Peter's Church in Chellaston was left spick and span after a litter-pick by the newspaper's staff yesterday afternoon.
Chellaston councillor Phil Ingall organised it after residents complained about the amount of rubbish there.
Around 30 people from the local community and Chellaston Youth Club also came out to lend a hand.
Political editor Chris Mallett said he was shocked at the mess in the cemetery. He said: "I was particularly bothered by the amount of broken glass near the graves. It could be very dangerous for young children or dogs."
Content editor Rachel Butler said: "As a paper that's part of the community, we feel we should be at the forefront of making Derby a cleaner and better place to live."
And reporter Joey Severn said the staff from the Derby Telegraph weren't put off by the bad weather.
He said: "While it was cold, the warmth that we all felt from doing this piece of community work more than counteracted the bitter winter weather.
"Seeing so many people come out to tidy the area was truly inspirational and something that we should be seeing a lot more of in the city.
"Getting out for half an hour into the fresh air is not only good for you, but also good for the environment."
Mr Ingall said he was pleased to see so many Telegraph staff putting on gloves and clearing rubbish.
He said: "We had some awful fly-tipping in the area on Boxing Day and the council were very good and cleaned it straight away, but since then it seemed to go downhill.
"I came up on Monday and realised it needed doing, so I asked if any staff at the Telegraph could spare some time to help clean it up."
The Clean Up Derby campaign was launched in November and scores of readers have already told us about problem areas of the city, which we have then helped to get tidied.
These have included areas of Friar Gate, parts of Alvaston, the car park of the William Caxton pub in Sunny Hill, and a disused Rolls-Royce car park in Nightingale Road.
Many community activists have been in touch to tell us about the amazing work they have been doing, including Arron Marsden, from Alvaston, who has encouraged his neighbours to get involved with litter-picks.
And earlier this month, head teachers of Derby's schools added their voices to the campaign.