Christian Wakeford MP ‘pledges to pick’ as Keep Britain Tidy launches its massive Great British Spring Clean.
Locked down, everyone has come to rely on their green space close to home – the local park or beach – has become our significant somewhere to escape, exercise and play. Keep Britain Tidy, Britain’s favourite environmental charity, is asking everyone to pledge to do their bit to clear up the litter that blights these places - this is the Great British Spring Clean and local MP Christian Wakeford has pledged to do 4 hours of litter-picking to support the campaign.
The campaign, which runs from 28 May – 13 June 2021, calls on the public to pledge to clean-up and help the charity achieve a million miles of litter-picking. This year’s campaign comes as the charity has reported a massive increase in the number of people who have started litter-picking during the various lockdowns. It has seen the number of #LitterHeroes grow by a third in less than 12 months.
On Thursday Christian Wakeford joined the wonderful volunteers from the Radcliffe Litter Picker group to help clean up around Scotson Fold in Radcliffe. Over 16 bags of rubbish were collected with any thing from old tyres to plastic bags removed from our countryside.
The Great British Spring Clean, now in its sixth year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. In 2019, more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected just under a million bags of litter, weighing around 4,308 tons.
Commenting Christian Wakeford MP said:
“It was wonderful to do my bit this week to help keep our area tidy as part of the Great British Spring Clean. Litter picking groups across Radcliffe, Whitefield and Prestwich work tirelessly to keep our communities a great place to live and work, I am very grateful to them.
“I would encourage anyone who can to get our there and volunteer to become a Litter Hero to help keep our towns and countryside clean and tidy all year round.”
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:
“We are delighted to have the support of Christian for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
“We have all spent a lot more time in our local area in the past year and have come to realise just how important our local park or green space is for our mental and physical health.
“We need to care for these spaces and the Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for everyone to take a small action that, collectively, can make a big difference.
“Whether you commit to do five minutes or five hours, every single pledge will help us reach our million-mile target and clear many tonnes of litter pollution from our environment.”