Take Part in a Team Tidy Up

by Sarah Ryman Events Urban Spotlight on community

The Great British Spring Clean from Keep Britain Tidy takes place this year from 2nd-4th March, or whenever the weather permits (!) up to and including 25 March. It is an annual event working with nearly 300 local authorities across the country, as well as businesses, schools, charities and community groups. In 2017 the campaign supported more than 300,000 people, across 13,000 organised events and cleared more than 1,500 tonnes of litter from our streets, parks and beaches!

Community spring cleans not only benefit our local surroundings, but those involved also feel the benefits too - wth nine out of ten saying they enjoyed their time volunteering and feeling they've made a real difference to their local patch in 2017. The ambition for 2018 is to make The Great British Spring Clean even bigger and better.

Here in The Living Coast, a new Tidy Up Team initiative has been established by Brighton & Hove City Council's CityParks Rangers and CityClean teams, who are holding a Tidy Up Team launch event in Preston Park on Sunday 4th March from 11:00 – 14:00 with a Silent Disco and Superhero Costume Competition. The event will raise awareness about the problems caused by litter and especially plastic waste. The Tidy Up Team will be available to answer all your questions about how you can get involved with the scheme. There will be games and prizes including cinema tickets, vouchers, t-shirts and badges for those that get most involved.

Over the coming months you can help the grounds maintenance teams and CityClean staff to keep our beautiful parks and open spaces litter-free by joining the Tidy Up Team scheme. Local volunteers recently cleared 90 bags of rubbish from woodland adjacent to Moulsecoomb Way for example.

Litter pickers

The event was organised by dog walkers Lee Juney and Amanda Wright, supported by council ranger Garry Meyer from the Tidy Up Team. 15 volunteers cleared the masses of litter that had built up in the woods, removing a huge amount of rubbish including car wheels, a car seat, car bonnet, and enough carpet to furnish a small flat!

Tidy Up Team volunteers receive training, protective equipment, materials, tools, and support from Brighton & Hove City Council. Volunteers are only expected to spend a minimum of 15 minutes each week collecting litter, but are encouraged to do more if they wish.

Tidy Up Team volunteers should be able to:

  • Attend a morning training course
  • Use a mobile phone
  • Access email and the internet
  • Wear sturdy footwear for safety

There are many local organised litter picks which will deal with some of the most problematic areas in the city. These can be organised by volunteers if you know a public spot that is in need of some TLC.

If you are interested in getting involved please visit the council website and fill in an online form to join the tidy up team. If you have any questions you can email cityparks.volunteers@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 292929.

Other local tidy up sessions you can help at:

  • 3rd March 10:00-13:00, Great British Springclean at the Copse, Meet Silver birch coronation stone, Three Cornered Copse, Hove
  • 3rd March 10:00-13:00, Stoneham Park Springclean, Meet Stoneham Park Cafe
  • 3rd March 14:00-16:00, Hodshrove Woods Clean Up, Goodwood Way - far end of Goodwood Way, Brighton, BN2 4PW
  • 4th March 10 – 12 Brighton & Hove Way Association Route Clean-Up, Meet Upper Lodges Car Park, Ditchling Road, BN1 9QB
  • 4th March 10-12, Park Springclean, Vale Park, Meet by the Scout Hall

A huge thank you to all our volunteers,

Garry Meyer, BHCC CityParks Ranger

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