Council supports communities to clean up as part of country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign

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South Somerset District Council has pledged its support to this year’s Great British Spring Clean which is run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from 20 March to 13 April will see up to 600,000 people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

It brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to show how much they love where they live. In 2019 more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected more than 900,000 bags of rubbish.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE said: “The overwhelming response to last year’s Great British Spring Clean showed that there are many hundreds of thousands of people out there who love where they live and are prepared to take action to make it better for themselves, their families and their communities.

“We are delighted that South Somerset District Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

How will South Somerset District Council be supporting the campaign and how you can get involved?

The countryside team will be making litter pickers and bin bags available to borrow during the campaign from the Ranger Centre at Ham Hill Country Park (weekdays only), Ninesprings Café at Yeovil Country Park or the Anglers Car Park on Chaffcombe Road at Chard Reservoir LNR (weekdays only) and help us to keep South Somerset tidy.  Look out for the A-frame chalkboards where the litter pickers & bin bags will be available to borrow.

If you are a community group, parish council or just a bunch of friends that want to organise a litter pick in your local village, park, woodland etc, you can also borrow litter picker packs from the district council by emailing streetsceneservices@SouthSomerset.Gov.Uk or phoning 01935 462831. The litter picking packs contain litter pickers, bin bags, high vis vests, thin protective gloves and wet wipes, but we are limited on the numbers we can supply so it will be first come first served. Please specify the dates that you wish to borrow the packs when you enquire.

Councillor Sarah Dyke, the council’s portfolio holder for Environment, said: “We love where we live and know our residents do too, and as a local authority it’s important we take a leading role to support this campaign in every way we can. We’ll also be having our own SSDC staff litter picks across our working sites so that our own #litter heroes can do their bit. We are committed to delivering the change that will keep the beautiful district of South Somerset clean, green, attractive and sustainable.”

South Somerset District Council recently recognised that there is a climate emergency and has launched its Environment Strategy to help make a difference.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit www.keepbritaintidy.org

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