Spring is definitely in the air and there was no finer place to be on the official second day of the season than Boston’s Witham Way Country Park, which was undergoing its own spring clean.

As grandchildren were “1-2-3” swung between proud grandparents as they walked the paths and dog walkers paused so their friendly canine companions could be petted, there was activity all around.

Steve Phelps and Andy Kelk  made preparations for replacement low-maintenance composite seating, made from reclaimed and recycled plastics, against the echoing background drumming of a tree-tapping woodpecker somewhere in the park.

A damaged and rusting bench requiring annual maintenance was removed and will be replaced by one of the new composite benches

That job finished, and the old bench in the back of the van for removal to their workshop where they will use their skills to renovate it to be reused elsewhere in town, they moved on to the next job of removing graffiti.

Using specially-treated wipes to quickly dissolve the thick black offensive lines of paint spray to return signs and litter bins to their pristine appearance Andy said: “We love this job, and on a beautiful spring day like today nothing could be better than working outdoors in a lovely place like this. It’s nice to see people of all ages using this space and enjoying it, and it’s a real asset to Boston. It’s such a shame that a few people feel the need to spoil it.”

Meanwhile two of the borough council’s ride-on mowers droned in the background as the grass was given its first trim of the year.

You can help the team make Boston a great place to be by taking part in this year’s big clean up.

The 12th annual Big Boston Clean Up will be from Monday, April 15, to Thursday, April 18. You can join in for the whole four days, one day or even just half a day – whatever you can do would be a great help.

Free lunch is available and there will be various tea and biscuit breaks throughout the day. This year’s big clean up is paying particular attention to plastic litter.

Everybody is welcome, anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult, meeting at Municipal Buildings at 9am each day. Find the pledge form here https://bit.ly/2TmF31S or get a paper copy of the form from the council buildings.

For more information contact Jen Moore on 01205 314583.