CAMBRIDGE City Council is delighted to be supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean campaign by providing local primary schools with free ‘spring clean’ kits containing children’s litter pickers, gloves, hi-visibility vests, information booklet, bags and kit bag.
The council will be writing to all primary schools within Cambridge and offering their Eco-Committees and Eco-Clubs the kits free as part of the campaign. The council will also be continuing to engage schools in its annual programme of educational sessions around public realm environmental crime, such as littering, fly tipping and graffiti. The education sessions use interactive activities, including songs and artwork, to broaden children’s and young people's understanding and awareness of the impact of such crimes on the environment and the community they live in.
The council is encouraging local schools, youth groups and families to get involved in community litter picks – either as part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign or at any other time – by contacting the Council’s Streets and Open Spaces community engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-litter-picking.
Run by national charity, Keep Britain Tidy, this year’s Great British Spring Clean campaign runs from 20 March to 13 April and involves local schools, residents, community organisations, businesses and councils taking action to clean up streets, parks and beaches across the UK.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “Littering and fly tipping are irresponsible and avoidable criminal acts, which attract vermin and risk causing harm to us, our pets and to other wildlife, as well as making our local neighbourhoods look dirty and uncared for.
“This year’s Great British Spring Clean campaign in Cambridge is a fantastic opportunity for us to engage children, young people and families in taking pride in and caring for their local environment and, so, would encourage as many schools, youth groups and other community organisations to take part as possible.”
To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean visit www.keepbritaintidy.org