Congleton Town Council’s Streetscape Team and Congleton in Bloom are backing a national campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2018.
Following the launch of Great British Spring Clean in March last year, 300,000 people took part in 13,000 organised clean-up events across the UK, collecting more than 1,500 tonnes of rubbish.
This year the Keep Britain Tidy group is hoping that even more people will get involved, and Congleton Town Council, Congleton In Bloom and Buglawton in Bloom groups are working together to make it easier for local people to get involved in Congleton.
The town already benefits from a secret army of volunteers that quietly remove litter whilst out walking – and is hoping to swell the numbers of litter heroes during the National Spring Clean weekend.
Groups and neighbourhoods are encouraged to sign up at the Great British Spring Clean to register a time and location where they will collect litter. Volunteers should then contact the Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01260 270350 to confirm they’d like to take part, to arrange the collection of litter pickers and sacks and to agree a collection point for the filled sacks.
Volunteers are welcome to join members of the Congleton in Bloom team in the Community Garden, Lawton Street from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 3rd March to carry out a Spring Clean in the garden and surrounding areas near the town centre. Litter pickers, sacks and gloves will be available. This will be led by Congleton’s Tidy Town Champion Councillor Glen Williams.
Buglawton in Bloom is organising Spring Cleans on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March, meeting at the Church House at 2pm. All are very welcome to join in.
Councillor David Brown, Chairman of the Congleton in Bloom team said: “Congleton in Bloom is proud to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean again this year. As a town we are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who quietly take care of local areas, picking up litter that less caring people have carelessly dropped rather than placing in the many bins or taking home with them. We also have our Streetscape team that on a daily basis empty around 140 public bins and litter pick routes around the town. During the National Spring Clean weekend we are actively encouraging more people to help get our town litter free.”
He added: “This is the start of the Congleton in Bloom campaign and there will be an opportunity to join in monthly activities as we build towards the nation finals in August. If you know of an area that is in need of a clean you can report grot spots to email@example.com To take part in the campaign either join in with the Buglawton or Congleton Town Centre spring cleans or set up you own clean up event by visiting the Great British Spring Clean.
Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.