AbOUT 70 people took part in a gotong-royong to clean up the natural hot spring in Kampung Ulu Kuang, Chemor, near Ipoh.
The programme also saw local residents and students from the Al-Hikmah Madrasah joining in with volunteers.
Persatuan Penggerak Bumi Hijau Malaysia chairman Sajeeda Muhammad said the programme was a collaboration with Hulu Kinta assemblyman Muhammad Arafat Varisai Muhamad’s office.
“We found out about the condition of the place with rubbish strewn everywhere.
“We decided to clean up the area and increase awareness of being civic conscious, ” she said, adding that the programme also brought them closer to the local community.
Sajeeda said they encouraged nearby residents to take part and managed to collect 66kg of rubbish.“These are mostly plastic and polystyrene containers.
“We are happy with the outcome and the commitment shown by participants.
“With a cleaner environment, I hope the area can be promoted as a geological ecotourism spot, ” she said.
Muhammad Arafat planted an Asam Gelugor tree to launch the programme.