15 Apr 2019

Joining forces to tackle litter

  • GreenSquare litter pick at Methuen Park, Chippenham

GreenSquare staff and residents have taken action together by litter picking in their local areas for the Great British Spring Clean.

The Great British Spring Clean takes place from 23 March-23 April 2019 and encourages people from across the UK to help improve the environment on their doorstep. 

During the month GreenSquare has organised litter picking sessions with Wiltshire residents at Lid Brook in Calne; Barrow Green in Chippenham; Pockeridge Road in Corsham; Dogridge in Purton; and at Colemans Farm Community Centre in Calne.

At the session in Pockeridge Road, Corsham (9 April) 34 people, residents and children, donned high-vis and got busy with litter pickers sprucing up the area. Despite the rain, they collected over 20 bags of litter and the children were given some Easter treats in recognition of a job well done!

GreenSquare also held a lunchtime litter pick for staff at its Methuen Park office in Chippenham (12 April). Colleagues teamed up to spend a few hours giving the grounds a real tidy up, collecting 17 bags of rubbish. They were joined at the session by staff from SCISYS, also at Methuen Park.

Sue Matthews, community involvement officer, said: "We’ve enjoyed putting on these sessions for our residents and for staff. They are a lot of fun, and a chance for people to come together and see the difference just a few hours of litter picking can make to their local environment, whether it’s in the area they live or where they work.

"Activities like these help build community spirit, and we organise similar activities, such as community clean ups, for our residents across Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. We want to encourage more residents to volunteer to become regular litter picks in their neighbourhoods."

The Great British Spring Clean is organised by Keep Britain Tidy and last year more than 374,000 people took part across 13,500 events. This year the charity are working to beat this and get 500,000 people taking part.

For more information visit the www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean