YOUTHS filled more than 60 bags full of rubbish after clearing a park.

The 12 youths, who are currently participating in the Prince’s Trust programme, cleared rubbish from Cudworth Valley Park over two days.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a free 12 week personal development programme for young people aged between 16 and 25, delivered by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, with the support of South Yorkshire Police.

As part of the course, the group had to complete a community project, and the team decided to refurbish Cudworth Valley Park.

Through a car wash at Cudworth fire station, the team raised almost £300 to fund the project, which included planting 12 native trees, placing bird boxes, clearing a play area full of grass and installing a plaque made from reclaimed lime wood.

The team unveiled their work to Cudworth Ward Councillors Sir Steve Houghton and Coun Charlie Wraith.

Shaun McDermott, who supports the delivery of the Prince’s Trust said: “The team removed 65 bags full of rubbish, cleared steps of weeds, arranged for graffiti to be removed, and cleared a play area of broken glass and other refuse.”

Matt Gillatt, deputy head of the joint police and fire community safety team said: “This is an amazing effort from the team and it goes without saying that we’re extremely proud of everyone involved.

“The Prince’s Trust team programme is all about bringing young people together to boost their confidence and give them a sense of achievement.”

Coun Charlie Wraith added: “The group have done a brilliant job with the tree planting and litter picking and putting up bird boxes. You’ve all done very well thank you for all your hard work.”