Support for annual Great British Spring Clean campaign

Residents and community groups are being asked to do their bit to help make Northumberland look its best.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 8:00 am
Northumberland County Council is again supporting Keep Britain Tidy's annual Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Northumberland County Council is again pledging its support as Keep Britain Tidy launches its annual Great British Spring Clean.

Members of the public are being asked to help do their bit in a Covid-safe way and clear up the litter that can blight these places.

The campaign, which runs until June 13, calls on the public to pledge to clean-up and help the charity achieve a million miles of litter-picking.

This year’s campaign comes as the charity has reported a massive increase in the number of people who have started litter-picking during the various lockdowns with the number of #LitterHeroes growing by a third in less than 12 months.

The Great British Spring Clean – now in its sixth year – brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep.

Greg Gavin, Head of Neighbourhood Services with Northumberland County Council, said: “We’ve always been a big supporter of this event and we know how much pride people have in keeping our county neat and tidy.

“This is going to be a bumper year for our tourism economy and we’re working with partners on our ‘Live it. Love it. Leave it unspoilt’ campaign to try and ensure the county is always looking its best while reminding visitors they also have their part to play in being responsible.

“This year due to Covid we’re not organising any events, but we are encouraging volunteers to borrow equipment from us for solo activity or use in small groups to litter pick their local area – whether it’s the local park, green space, countryside rights of way or just the local streets where they enjoy a regular walk.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean would not be possible without the support of local authorities, including Northumberland County Council.

“Whether you commit to do five minutes or five hours, every single pledge will help us reach our million-mile target and clear many tonnes of litter pollution from our environment.”

People can pledge to get involved at www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean

Anyone wanting to request equipment and collection of bagged rubbish from the council can contact [email protected]