The iconic Derby Ram and his surrounding streets have been given a new lease of life after Derby’s second City Centre Deep Clean.

Painting bollards on Irongate, Derby
Derby College volunteers hard at work!

89 volunteers from Derby College (Broomfield Campus) joined Streetpride staff members and councillors, to help paint, clean, and spruce up the streets around the Derby Ram and Osnabruck Square. This was the second phase of the Deep Clean programme, following the very successful phase one event which was carried out in July.

With so many hands on deck, the work was done quickly and efficiently, and we were even able to add an extra street to the programme!

After the four planned zones were cleaned and painted, the team moved on to sprucing up Iron Gate, painting bollards and benches and cleaning up the planters.

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, was one of the councillors who took part in the day’s work. He said:

It was so encouraging to see so many people volunteering yesterday – over double the number we expected! As always, I am very proud of how hard our Streetpride teams work every day to keep our city clean, but with the volunteers’ help we have been able to do even more.

“These Deep Clean events show me just how much pride people feel about Derby, and I hope we can continue to work with our residents to inspire even more action all over the city.

As part of the College’s community work, the 89 students gave up their time to work alongside our staff members. Divided into groups, they had an allocated team leader from among their peers to make sure work was completed safely.

One of those team leaders was Oliver Swindell, whose team worked on the flowerbeds in Osnabruck Square in the morning. Flowers were very generously donated by Markeaton Garden Centre, Homebase, and Derby Garden Centre in Little Eaton.

Oliver said:

It’s so important to come out and do things like this in the city centre. It’s something to give back to the community, and it’s getting us all out here, meeting new people and making a difference. It’s definitely worth it.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Deep Clean event yesterday.

Take a look at some of our pictures from the day in the gallery below – can you spot yourself?

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