Following the launch of the Great British Spring Clean in March last year, some 300,000 people have taken part in around 13,000 organised clean-up events across the UK, collecting more than 1,500 tonnes of rubbish.
This year the Keep Britain Tidy group is hoping that even more people will get involved, and Congleton Town Council along with Congleton In Bloom and Buglawton in Bloom groups, will be are working to make it easier for local people to get involved in the town.
Congleton already benefits from a secret army of volunteers that quietly remove litter whilst out walking – and it’s hoped that the numbers of ‘litter heroes’ will grow during the National Spring Clean weekend.
Groups and neighbourhoods are encouraged to sign up on the Great British Spring Clean pages online to register a time and location where they will collect litter.
Volunteers should then contact Congleton Town Council at [email protected] or 01260 270 350 to confirm they’d like to take part.
The council will make arrangements for the collection of litter pickers and sacks and agree a collection point for filled sacks.
Volunteers are welcome to join members of the Congleton in Bloom team in the Community Garden, Lawton Street from 10am – 12 noon on Saturday 3rd March to carry out a Spring Clean in the garden and surrounding areas near the town centre.
This will be led by Congleton’s Tidy Town Champion, Cllr Glen Williams, and litter pickers, sacks and gloves will be available.
Buglawton in Bloom is organising spring cleans on both Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March, meeting at the Church House at 2pm. All are very welcome to join in.
Cllr David Brown, chairman of the Congleton in Bloom team, said: “Congleton in Bloom is proud to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean again this year.
“As a town we are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who quietly take care of local areas, picking up litter that less caring people have carelessly dropped rather than placing in the many bins or taking home with them.
“We also have our streetscape team that on a daily basis empty around 140 public bins and litter pick routes around the town.
“During the National Spring Clean weekend we are actively encouraging more people to help get our town litter free.”
He added: “This is the start of the Congleton in Bloom campaign and there will be an opportunity to join in monthly activities as we build towards the nation finals in August.”
If you know of an area that is in need of a clean you can report the so-called ‘grot spot’ to: [email protected]