Give your community a spring spruce up this clear up month

Brampton volunteers at their Community Clear Up
Brampton volunteers at their Community Clear Up

Published: Friday, 23rd February 2018

Communities in Broadland are being asked to pick up a litter picker, grab some bin liners and bring together a few local residents to take part in Broadland District Council’s Community Clear Up Month throughout March.

Keep Britain Tidy are hosting their annual Great British Spring Clean weekend on Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March and Broadland District Council wants to encourage as many people as possible to get involved by organising their own community litter pick any time in March.

Cllr John Fisher, portfolio holder for environmental excellence at Broadland District Council said:

“This is a great opportunity for local residents to come together, get stuck in and spruce up their community in preparation for the summer sunshine. . “It is a shame that we often see litter in our towns and countryside. These groups go the extra mile to help keep Broadland beautiful- a big thank you to everyone who is getting involved.”

Litter picks have already been organised by local residents in Foulsham, Horsford, Acle and Haveringland as well as by National Trust volunteers on the Blickling Estate.

Deborah Boldero, who has organised the upcoming litter pick in Haveringland said:

“The idea of joining in with the Community Clear Up Month came from walking the lanes over the winter months and seeing so much rubbish strewn along the verges. I shared my concerns through our parish magazine and at our annual parish meeting where a dozen others of like mind agreed to do a clear up. We bagged almost 40kg and made seven large piles of rubbish in just two hours.”

The success of local litter pickers is already being seen in Brampton where a dozen local residents worked on Saturday 17 February to collect seven bags of litter.

Mark Little organises the annual community clear up in Brampton. He said:

“Litter picks like this are great for community spirit. We all generate a great deal of pride from a village spring clean. It is a version of community activity, albeit a slightly less pleasant one, and with it we know that spring is approaching.”

Broadland District Council is able to loan a limited amount of litter picking equipment to community groups including litter pickers, hi-vis vests and bin liners and is also able to arrange collection of the collected rubbish. For more information or advice about planning your clear up event, call Broadland District Council’s waste and recycling team on ContractsOfficer@broadland.gov.uk or call 01603 430534.

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