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Clearing Up

Scouts clearing debris on to a lorry in Sutton Park

The clearing up operation after the Jamboree took the Boy Scouts Association a little over 3 months, leaving little sign that such a huge event had taken place. Considering the camp took 12 months to build and included sewage systems, roads, street lighting, hospital, arena etc. this was an enviable feat, even more so when the appalling British weather and acres of mud are taken into account.

The scouts spent many weekends clearing the Park of litter, much of it left by visitors, and in one such weekend filled 14 lorries with rubbish. By the end of November the clear up was complete and the Jubilee Jamboree Information leaflet proudly proclaimed

"Scouts vacate Sutton Park - Mammoth clear up completed in record time" And quoted Lord Baden Powell maxim
"Leave behind two things - nothing and your thanks".

The Sutton Park Visitor Centre is helping to compile an oral history archive of this event. We are interested in speaking to local residents who remember the event, who may have taken part or even helped in the organisation and related activities. We have already had some great anecdotes and some fascinating photographs but are still hungry for more. The project will eventually form a publicly accessible part of the Sutton Reference Library collection as a permanent history of the event.

If you have anything you'd like to share you can contact the Sutton Park Visitor Centre on: 0121 355 6370, Email us at: sutton.park.visitors.centre@birmingham.gov.uk Or just drop in to our location near town gate for a cup of tea and a chat.

World Scout Jubilee Jamboree 1st 12th August 1957
Programme of Events
Preparing for the Event
Camp Layout
Facts and Figures

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