This year’s Big Spring Clean proved very successful with 61 groups and over 2000 volunteers taking part, including three primary schools: Barley Close Community Primary School, Pucklechurch C of E VC Primary School and Tortworth VC Primary School. Over 400 bags of rubbish were collected throughout the campaign. Free equipment was offered to groups who organised a community Big Spring Clean event and the council collected up the bags of litter.
Cllr Claire Young, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This year’s Big Spring Clean campaign went really well, and all the groups who took part did a great job at clearing up their local areas. The feedback we received from volunteers was very positive and together they collected a huge amount of litter.”
Alison Richards, Street Cleansing Coordinator at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Litter picking events can take place at any time during the year and the council will provide a free loan of litter pickers, hoops, gloves and bags. Anyone who wishes to take part can get in touch with us via the website or by calling 01454 868000.”
The Big Spring Clean ran from 1 March to 30 April, and saw individuals, councillors, parish councils, community and voluntary groups, church groups, schools, students, youth clubs, scouts, cadets, brownies, guides, and businesses all taking action against litter as part of the national Love Where You Live campaign.
For more information visit www.southglos.gov.uk/bigspringclean
Quotes taken from the Big Spring Clean 2013 feedback forms:
“Thank you for your support, all the equipment we needed was provided and the Guides really enjoyed the activity. It was an opportunity for them to undertake some community service whilst also completing an action for their ‘Rustle, Bustle and Squeak’ badge”. 2nd Thornbury Guides
“Our Guides thoroughly enjoyed the exercise and were very enthusiastic about diving into bushes to extract rubbish! We would enjoy doing it again.” 2nd Winterbourne Guides
“It was a great experience for the children so we were grateful for your service and support. We would definitely take part again.” Barley Close Community Primary School