Published: Friday, 24th February 2017
Broadland District Council is backing a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March.
Council officials will be teaming up with Year 5 pupils at Rackheath Primary School on Wednesday, March 1 to launch the Great British Spring Clean in Broadland.
Armed with litter pickers and high vis jackets, pupils, councillors and staff will head to the woods adjacent to the school to collect any rubbish they find.
And throughout the month of March, Broadland District Council will be lending out its litter picking equipment and arranging collections of rubbish collected by schools and community groups as part of The Great British Spring Clean.
“We are delighted to be supporting The Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, schools individuals and organisations as possible to take part,” said Cllr John Fisher, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for Environmental Excellence.
“We have a reputation for being a green council and a beautiful district and one of our key ambitions is to make further improvements to improve the quality of life in Broadland.”
Chris Ashman, Headteacher of Rackheath Primary School said: “We are holding a week of litter picks involving all classes in the school as part of The Great British Spring Clean.
“We chose to tackle the subject of reducing litter because our community had voiced concerns through social media about the amount of litter in our village.”
The school has already held an assembly for all pupils to show the importance of reducing waste and the dangers of litter and children are taking part in a competition run by The Great British Spring Clean to design litter superheroes.
“Hopefully, the community will be able to see how the children are taking responsibility of litter and this will help to build positive relationships,” said Mr Ashman.