The Great Shaftesbury Spring Clean

Great British Spring Clean 2019

Shaftesbury Town Council supports communities to clean up as part of country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign

Shaftesbury Town Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from March 22nd to April 23rd, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that Shaftesbury Town Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Shaftesbury Town Council is working alongside The Hilltop Litter Pickers, a team of thirty volunteers who have been keeping streets and open spaces in Shaftesbury tidy. Hilltop Litter Pickers meet twice a month on the first and third Wednesday at 2.30pm. The meetings place is opposite Tesco garage entrance and we go out for approximately one hour. All equipment will be provided. Please come and join the team and help to keep Shaftesbury clear of litter.

Ty Crook, one of the Hilltop Litter Pickers says ‘We need to get people of all ages to recognise that littering in Shaftesbury is an ongoing problem that they need to be aware of. We are hoping this event may highlight the level of litter that is dropped and hopefully encourage people to stop and think to use a bin instead.’

This year on April 13th Shaftesbury Town Council is organising a ‘Great Shaftesbury Spring Clean’ with the help of The Hilltop Litter Pickers. If you would like to be involved then please contact Shaftesbury Town Council on 01747 852420 and register.

The plan is to meet at Barton Hill carpark at 10 am to meet the team and collect equipment. There will be four groups organised to cover four of the litter Hot Spots in Shaftesbury and then head out for an hour’s litter picking.
At 12 noon, all will meet back at Barton Hill carpark to return the equipment and are welcome to enjoy a small picnic with the team.

Shaftesbury Town Council is excited to be taking part in such a great scheme and looks forward to seeing the results of everyone’s hard work!

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit www.keepbritaintidy.org

Notes to editors

The Great British Spring Clean is the country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign. The campaign was first run in 2017. In 2018, despite the Beast from the East, more than 371,566 #LitterHeroes volunteers took part including more than 126,651school children.

In total 13,500 events were held over the campaign period (2nd – 4th March2018) and 300 local authorities took part.

Top 3 litter items reported in 2018: of respondents (%)

  1. Soft drink cans, bottles, cartons 77%
  2. Alcohol cans, wine bottles, spirit bottles, etc. 61%
  3. Fast food litter, e.g. packaging, food, straws 54%

Enhanced wellbeing

Of those who took part in the Great British Spring Clean 2018 and responded to Keep Britain Tidy’s survey, many report positive mental health benefits;

  • 83% felt more part of their community
  • 88% said they would encourage other people that they knew or met not to drop litter
  • 82% felt more aware of the impact that litter has on the environment
  • 82% felt they had the knowledge and skills they need to carry on litter-picking in their local area as a result of taking part
  • 92% said they had enjoyed volunteering their time to the Great British Spring Clean

The Great British Spring Clean 2019, in partnership with the Daily Mail, is made possible thanks to headline sponsor Wilko and is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The campaign is also supported by Clear Channel, M&S, Coca-Cola, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Walkers, Greggs, McDonald’s UK, Kärcher and Costa Coffee, with special thanks to Helping Hand.