Northumberland volunteers join spring clean campaign

Dozens of Northumberland residents gave up their free time over the first weekend of March to clean up their local neighbourhood in support of the national Great British Spring Clean campaign.

Schools, community groups, businesses , town councils and enthusiastic individuals collected hundreds of sacks of rubbish during the community clean-up.

Northumberland County Council  supported  many of the groups and individuals by providing litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves, and rubbish bags  and by picking up the refuse afterward.

The authority also organised its own community clean-ups  in known litter hot-spots in Alnwick, Hexham, North Seaton  and Ashington.

Northumberland County Councillor, Ian Swithenbank, cabinet member for local services praised the efforts of all those involved:

“ We know how important a clean county is to residents and the many thousands of visitors who come to Northumberland each year.

“  I would like to thank all those who gave up their time to  take part in the Great British Spring Clean campaign.  We were delighted to work  alongside and support so many willing volunteers who all played their part  in helping to make Northumberland a cleaner place to live.

“ There really was  a tremendous team effort which shows what can be achieved in a short space of time when everyone pulls together.”

Altogether, across the UK up to half a million people have been out and about clearing up the places they love as part of a wider campaign to rid the country of litter.

The campaign, backed by wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, the Women’s Institute, the RSPCA and a range of other organisation and businesses has resulted in the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.
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