Chelmsford volunteers help to spring-clean the nation
Chelmsford City Council is backing a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017.
The brand new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time in 2017, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country.
TV wildlife presenter and children's favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by the key anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.
Many other organisations will also be supporting the clean-up including the Women's Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses.
Chelmsford City Council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to 'do their bit' to help clear up the litter that blights our streets, parks and beaches.
Councillor Janette Potter, Cabinet Member for Waste Management & Recycling, said, "We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean in tackling an issue that many people are passionate about. If you are involved with a community group, work at a business which cares about the local community, or want to teach your children about looking after our environment, please take part."
To get involved, you can arrange your own event or come along to the NICE River Clean-Up on Saturday 4 March. Volunteers and Council staff will be spring-cleaning along the River Chelmer and the surrounding pathways. Free parking and refreshments have been arranged for all volunteers who come along to Baddow Road Car Park (CM2 7PJ) at 9am.
Littering remains a huge problem across the country. It causes harm to our environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year.
To take part in the campaign and to contact the Council about arranging your own event, visit www.facebook.com/NICEChelmsford or email firstname.lastname@example.org.