Members of Clitheroe Rotary and Ribble Valley Labour Party eventually got to join forces and carry out a community clean up of the gardens at Clitheroe Castle.
The clean up had had to be postponed on two previous occasions owing to poor weather conditions, but both groups' commitment to dealing with the accumulated rubbish paid off on Sunday when the clean up took place.
A total of 17 volunteers, from the two groups, took part in the two hour session.
A wide range of rubbish was collected from across the park and also from around Clitheroe station. In total some 14 bin bags were collected.
Members were however shocked at the number of bottles of alcohol, gas canisters and used cannabis drugs bags that were recovered.
Giles Bridge, chairman of Ribble Valley Labour Party, who organised the event said: “We were all surprised at the evidence of the extent of drug and alcohol consumption in the park."
He added that the issue will be raised at the next Labour Party meeting to discuss what action can be taken.