Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 18, 2013

Spring cleaning date set for West Parish neighborhood


The Andover Townsman

---- — West Parish Church is sponsoring a neighborhood “Touring for Trash” event on Sunday, April 21, in honor of Earth Day.

Based on the principle that all citizens are stewards of the Earth, the intergenerational family event is intended to clean up the community for spring.

Participants will gather at West Parish Garden Cemetery Gate at 10:30 a.m. and proceed with team leaders to designated West Parish areas to pick up trash for approximately an hour. Volunteers should dress in work clothes, and bring gloves and tongs for picking up trash if possible. Garbage bags will be provided.

A brief worship service will be held at 10 a.m. in the West Parish sanctuary for anyone who chooses to attend.

Following the trash pick-up, everyone is invited to return to West Parish Church for a light luncheon and a celebration of a cleaner neighborhood. Children must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult.

On Saturday, April 20, the Andover Village Improvement Society is leading a work morning in the West Parish Reservation just under the hill from West Parish Church. The purpose is to cut out and spread the branches from invasive Japanese honeysuckle that is preventing the growth of native plants in the area.

This is an adult or older youth event requiring experience in using loppers, which will be provided. The work party will meet at the children’s garden at West Parish at 9 a.m.

Organizers of the weekend events say the goal is to rid West Andover areas of unsightly trash and invasive growth and become a role model for environmental stewardship in the process.