Help give North Devon a spring clean

Posted on: 21 February 2018

North Devon residents and community groups are being asked to help give their neighbourhoods a spring clean, as a nation-wide campaign by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy returns in March.

North Devon Council is offering its residents practical support to take part in the Great British Spring Clean, which last year inspired 300,000 people across Great Britain to clear more than 1,500 tonnes of litter from our streets, parks and beaches.  This year, the campaign is asking people to repeat this success in their local area from 2-4 March.

Executive Member for the Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We at North Devon Council are very keen to support any clean-up events that town and parish councils, community groups and organisations may wish to run. We can loan out our litter-pickers, high visibility clothing, refuse bags, and even collect rubbish from their events by prior arrangement. We all need to take responsibility for keeping our local communities tidy, and we hope to encourage local people and groups to get involved and help clean up their neighbourhoods.”

There is more enthusiasm for keeping our beaches clean than ever before, thanks to environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage’s campaign, ‘Plastic Free Coastlines’, which has been given the council’s backing. The campaign aims to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis by encourage the public, schools and businesses reduce their use of plastic.

Surfers Against Sewage’s South West Regional representative, Claire Moodie says: ‘”Spending time cleaning the beach gets people outdoors and reconnecting with their natural environment. Witnessing the damage that marine litter is having on their own local beaches will hopefully encourage people to look at ways they can reduce their own plastic footprint.  Organising a beach clean is fun, rewarding and easier than you think. Please don’t hesitate  to get in contact with Surfers Against Sewage if you need support from our ever growing beach cleaning community.”

If you are interested in taking part in the Great British Spring Clean you can sign up direct at If you’d like to organise a clean-up event please contact North Devon Council to borrow equipment by phone 01271 374776 or email Surfers Against Sewage’s Beach Clean Team can give help and guidance

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