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Your chance to join in with the Great British Spring Clean

Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Over the weekend of 2-4 March, events will take place across the country to mark Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. The charity aims to encourage 400,000 people across the UK to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish to make a difference to their local environment.


In Leicester, the city council’s parks service and team of environmental volunteers will launch the 100 Litter Bag Challenge, with the aim of collecting 100 bags of rubbish over the course of the weekend.


Penny Brown, volunteer co-ordinator from Leicester Environmental Volunteers, said: “We’ll be working to keep our parks and waterways clean and free of litter, debris and blockages with a series of volunteer events over the weekend.


“On Friday 2 March, we’ll be opening up a site next to the King Power stadium, where we’ll be clearing back vegetation and picking up any rubbish.


“On Saturday 3 March, we will have the boats on the river Soar navigation, near Aylestone, removing unwanted litter and debris from our waterways.


“And on Sunday 4 March, we’ll have big clean-up events at several venues: Watermead Country Park, Ellis Meadows, Bede Park, Rally Park and Abbey Park.


“We’ll then do a bag count and will need lots of help, not only to collect 100 bags, but also to count them all up at the end!”


Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, who leads on parks, leisure and sports, said: “This initiative shows our support for the Great British Spring Clean and gives local people the chance to get involved in volunteering. Together, we can make Leicester’s green spaces and waterways cleaner, tidier and more pleasant for everyone.


“We’re very grateful to our team of Leicester Environmental Volunteers, who already get involved in lots of activities like this throughout the year. Now we want to invite more people to join in and have a go – it’s rewarding, sociable and fun.”


All equipment is provided and individuals, community groups and businesses are all welcome to pledge their support and join in the 100 Litter Bag Challenge. To get involved, email before the deadline of 22 February.


Further event details and information about volunteering on parks can be found at