After the success of last years ‘Clean for the Queen’ I was pleased to organise a ‘Great Spring Clean’ in Moss Side, Leyland. It is always good to see an area cleaned up and dramatically improved through a few hours of hard work.
The Great British Spring Clean is endeavouring to build on the success of the 2016 national clean-up, which saw 250,000 people take part. This year’s aim is to encourage half a million litter pickers out on to the streets, parks and beaches of Britain, to not only help clean up the country but to demonstrate their desire to see action taken to put a stop to littering and the economic and environmental damage it causes.
We spend £700 million every year cleaning our streets and data from the RSPCA reveals that there are 5,000 reports of animals being injured by litter each year, including swans, gulls and foxes. As a result, the campaign has won the backing of TV naturalist and writer Steve Backshall, the BAFTA-winning Deadly 60 presenter.
The campaign is being delivered through a broad range of partners including the RSPCA, the Marine Conservation Society and Keep Wales Tidy together with businesses including McDonald’s, Greggs, Costa, Harrogate Spring Water, The Helping Hand Company, a wide range of schools, local authorities and MPs across the UK.