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Communities encouraged to ‘Clean for The Queen’

Published: Tuesday, 23 February, 2016

A campaign to get a million people out and about, cleaning up their communities, is being backed by Stroud District Council, and residents across the district are being encouraged to take part.

Clean for The Queen aims to give the country a tidy-up ahead of the Queen’s 90th birthday in April and is centred on a week of activity at the start of March. The aim of the event is to inspire community groups, local authorities, businesses and individuals to take part in the country’s biggest ever clean-up event.

Dominic Everiss MBE, senior neighbourhood warden for Stroud District Council, said:

“The council’s neighbourhood wardens have already organised a series of events in Stroud, Hardwicke, Dursley and Nailsworth, but anyone interested in organising a community litter pick in their area during March can also contact us for help. We can provide litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags, which our waste contractor, Veolia, will collect when full.”

On Monday 29 February, four of the council’s six neighbourhood wardens will be carrying out a heavy duty litter pick on the Cashes Green Estate in Stroud. The next day, five of them will be joined by councillors and residents to carry out a litter pick and to remove bulky waste items on the Kingshill Estate in Dursley. Two days later, on Thursday, all six wardens will be joined on the Lawnside Estate in Nailsworth by councillors and Forest Green Residents Association to litter pick, clear gutters, remove weeds and trim hedges. On the final day of the working week on Friday 4 March all six wardens will be cutting back undergrowth at Hardwicke Village Pond.

Thursday 10 March will see council staff litter picking and cleaning on Westward Road in Stroud.

The campaign is backed by anti-litter charities such as Keep Britain Tidy and the Campaign to Protect Rural England. It has also won the backing of councils across the UK who spend around £1billion clearing litter every year.

Anyone interested in organising a litter pick for Clean for The Queen initiative should email or call 01453 754424.


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