South Somerset backs Great British Spring Clean campaign

GB spring clean logo finalSouth Somerset District Council is backing The Great British Spring Clean, a nationwide campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities over the weekend of March 3-5.

Towns and Parish Council’s across South Somerset have signed up to clean up their local community, with the help of the District Council. Most Spring Cleans are being held on the weekend of March 3-5, but some are also taking part later in the month.

Councillor Jo Roundell Greene, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economic Development, said, “We are delighted to be supporting this campaign with our own Spring Clean in south Somerset and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part.

“Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend more than £700 million on street cleaning services every year.

“South Somerset District Council is loaning a range of support for those who are doing their bit, including free volunteer clean-up kits containing litter pickers, gloves and high viz jackets.”

Parishes across South Somerset who are taking part with the help of the District Council include: Maperton, Blackford / Pauncefoot, Knowle St Giles, Keinton Mandeville, Langport, Henstridge, Misterton, Templecombe, Kingsbury Episcopi, Norton Sub Hamdon, Curry Rivel, Babcary, Charlton Adam, Somerton, Hardington Mandeville and Wambrook.

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.