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Students in Bradford are joining forces to improve the local area

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Students from the University of Bradford and Bradford College are coming together to help improve the Great Horton Road area.

The ‘Make a Difference’ or MAD day will take place on October 9 and will involve volunteers joining forces to deliver a range of activities including gardening and litter picking to help improve the area around the University and College.

Students will be joined by West Yorkshire Police, who will be carrying out vehicle and driving standard checks as part of Operation Steerside, and they will also be joined by Bradford Council services who will carry out a range of activities such as cleansing, weeding and graffiti removal.

The day is being organised by the University, College and Bradford Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with University of Bradford Students’ Union, Bradford Council, local Great Horton Road businesses and West Yorkshire Police.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, Professor Shirley Congdon, said: “We are extremely proud to have one of the greenest campuses in the world and are pleased that we can play a part in this day of action to clean up Great Horton Road.

“By working together with different teams and organisations across the district we can make a real difference and keep Bradford looking its best for all our staff, students and visitors to enjoy.”

Jonny Noble, Manager of Bradford BID, said: “These improvement action days, affectionately known as ‘MAD’ days, will form an ongoing part of our partnership working with services from the other key stakeholders in the city centre to make areas cleaner, greener and feel safer.

“The next MAD day will take place in Little Germany next Spring. We would like to thank all the students who are taking part as well as all our colleagues in the other agencies who are putting so much effort into making a difference through this event.”

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