Spring into action and help clean up your neighbourhood

A call is going out to all volunteer groups and businesses across South Gloucestershire urging them to spring into action in a few months time to help clean up their neighbourhood or open spaces, helping to transform South Gloucestershire as part of National Spring Clean 2011.

South Gloucestershire Council is supporting the Big Spring Clean Campaign 2011 which runs from 1st March to 30th April and is encouraging everyone to join them. From schools to scouts and voluntary group to businesses, all are invited to take action against litter. Groups are being asked to register their interest early so litter picking equipment can be organised ahead of the campaign.

Cllr Heather Goddard, South Gloucestershire Council’s executive member for communities, said: “The Big Spring Clean is the Big Society in action and is always hugely popular in South Gloucestershire, which is undoubtedly down to the fact that people are really proud of the district as a place to live and work.”

“We want to encourage as many volunteers as possible to take part in the Big Spring Clean. This event can make a big difference. By reducing the litter we will improve the quality of the environment and make the green spaces of South Gloucestershire even more inviting to visit and enjoy.”

“We’re hoping for a really good response to this year’s campaign and I look forward to seeing and hearing about the results of the Big Spring Clean 2011!”

Many groups already take part in voluntary clean-ups during the year, but the Spring Clean event provides an opportunity for local groups and individuals to play an important part in a bigger, co-ordinated campaign. It is an ideal occasion for anyone who cares about their local environment to venture down to their local open space, woodland, river, park or public garden and take action.

Fresh air and exercise are just two of the benefits of the Spring Clean. However, the best result will be that both visitors and residents will be able to enjoy South Gloucestershire looking its best.

Free gloves, refuse sacks and skips are on offer to groups who organise a community Spring Clean event. But supplies are limited so anyone interested needs to register early. The council will also arrange to collect all the litter as long as it is bagged and locations for collections are agreed in advance.

Copies of Big Spring Clean booking forms, and further information about how you can get involved in South Gloucestershire Council’s Big Spring Clean campaign can be found at www.southglos.gov.uk/BigSpringClean or alternatively contact South Gloucestershire Council on 01454 863592.

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Source: South Gloucestershire Council

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