16-Jun-2021

This year's Great British Spring Clean (28 May to 13 June) has now come to an end, with this year being Huntingdonshire’s most successful involvement in the event. Residents around the district have been busy organising litter picks with ambitious targets to improve their local communities, making them tidier and more welcoming, pleasant places to live.

This year, Huntingdonshire communities hosted 27 litter picks during the three-week event period. Over these events, an estimated 532 volunteers took part in the fight against litter with a noticeable impact.

Due to the postponement of the 2020 Great British Spring Clean event resulting in it being rescheduled to September 2020, last year we hosted 7 litter picks during the event. Since then, our communities have been working hard to establish more formal and efficient communication methods for organising local litter picks, many of which have formed local groups that can be found on social media.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Councillor Marge Beuttell, said: "It is wonderful to see so many people get out and help to make a real environmental impact. This once again demonstrates the real pride our residents have for their district and the resilience of the communities that we live in. It is also extremely positive that we are able to engage with so many groups and individuals, not just in their successful involvement in the Great British Spring Clean, but to also provide ongoing support when litter picking throughout the year."

This year has also seen the expansion of our ‘Grab ‘n’ Go’ litter picks initiative, which was located at Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Priory Park in St Neots. Flexible litter picking in an informal style allows more people to get involved at a time that suits them and try something new while visiting the site.

The success and dedication of these volunteers have been celebrated through our ‘Love Huntingdonshire’ social media pages, inspiring others to care for their neighbourhoods and support the Great British Spring Clean too.

If you would like to find out more about how to organise your own litter pick (individual or groups welcome), or information on litter picking group local to you, please visit the Community Litter Picks page or contact us at litterminimisation@huntingdonshire.gov.uk.