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Council supports communities to clean up as part of UK's biggest mass action environmental campaign

News release from 14/03/2019

CAMBRIDGE City Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. In 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish across the country.

The council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to help clear up litter from our streets, parks and open spaces by providing litter pickers, hi-visibility vests, gloves, and rubbish bags for organised clean-ups.

To get involved in community litter picks, register an event or volunteer – either as part of the Great British Spring Clean or for future campaigns – people can contact the council’s Community Engagement Team at  or visit

This year’s campaign will not only see tonnes of litter being removed from the environment on our doorstep, but it also aims to rescue thousands of the plastic bottles and aluminium drinks cans that are simply thrown on the ground but could, very easily, be recycled.

Volunteers will be asked to separate the litter they pick into two bags: one for recycling and one for the rest of the rubbish. The council will then collect these bags to ensure that they are recycled appropriately.

The council has organised group events throughout the city over the whole four week period, working with community groups and our dedicated volunteers. Details of organised events are as follows:

  • Saturday 23 March - Stourbridge Common – meeting at play area
  • Wednesday 27 March – Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground – meeting at play area
  • Sunday 31 March – Nuns Way Recreation Ground – meeting at pavilion
  • Wednesday 3 April – Bramblefields Nature Reserve – meeting at Laxton Way entrance
  • Thursday 11 April – Laundress Green / Mill Pond – meeting at Mill Pond
  • Sunday 14 April – New Bit / Empty Common – meeting at Empty Common / Brooklands Avenue
  • Friday 19 April (Good Friday) – Midsummer Common – meeting at Fort St George

All events start at 10.30 am and finish at 12.30 pm.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their communities tidy and this campaign is a fantastic opportunity for us to improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. We are delighted to be supporting the Great British Spring Clean and we encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations as possible to take part.”

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that Cambridge City Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support. Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit