The Landscape Group (TLG) supported Clean for The Queen events across Wiltshire, East Hampshire, Elmbridge, Sussex, Mendip and Wisbech. In total more than a million people took part in the national Clean for The Queen tidy up events over the long weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th of March.
Over 1,700 bags of rubbish were collected in Wiltshire as part of Clean for The Queen campaign. Residents were encouraged to give up their time, put on a pair of gloves and tidy up their local areas.
Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for waste said:
“We are delighted with how the residents of Wiltshire have embraced this scheme. It’s always great to see the community pull together and the whole initiative has benefitted the county enormously. I would like to thank everyone that took part in Clean for The Queen and congratulate you all on making a big difference to your local areas here in Wiltshire. I would also encourage people to use the litter bins provided to dispose of their rubbish and keep this wonderful part of the country clean.”
TLG, the councils litter contractors, have supported the campaign by providing litter picking equipment and disposing of the rubbish collected.
David Cowie, Area Manager from TLG said:
“Clean for The Queen is about everyone working together to give the country a big spring clean ahead of Her Majesty’s birthday. The Landscape Group were delighted to support Wiltshire Council and the local communities with their cleans across the county. It was great to see the people of Wiltshire came out in force to support the campaign. ”
In East Hampshire more than 20 communities got a spring clean as volunteers got behind the Clean for the Queen campaign.
Community-conscious residents gathered to pick litter and tidy up their neighbourhoods.
East Hampshire District Council and its contractor TLG provided litter-pickers, bin bags and hi-vis jackets and disposed of the collected rubbish after the events.
Cllr Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, said: “What a fantastic response East Hampshire residents have given to the Clean for the Queen campaign!
“It’s great to see so many different parts of the district signing up to the scheme so whole-heartedly.”
Further collections will also be held in Stroud on 19th March and in Horndean on 20th March.
TLG and Elmbridge Borough Council worked together with pupils from Manby Lodge Infant School to clear litter at Brooklands Community Park in Weybridge.
In total 12 bags of waste were collected, which the children separated for recycling. The children were split into two teams and were set a side task in the form of a scavenger hunt – in the end, all items were found and the hunt ended in a draw.
At the end of the event, TLG donated five litter pickers to the school to help encourage further litter clearance amongst their pupils.
Ben Howkins, Contract Manager for TLG commented:
“The ‘Clean for The Queen’ weekend has given TLG a great opportunity to educate and also encourage a greater understanding of the problems caused by littering. The pupils from Manby Lodge Infant School thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and were very enthusiastic about the task at hand – in the future we may even offer some of them a job!
“In only one hour, we collected 12 full bags of litter and the pupils were astounded to discover that it can take at least 500 years for a plastic bottle to decompose – especially when the vast majority of the waste collected was plastic!”
TLG staff, members of the Circle Housing Roddons team and Waterlees Street Pride Group worked together and took part in the Clean for The Queen campaign.
Andrew Griffiths, TLG General Manager commented:
“We work with Warteless Street Pride Group on four occasions throughout the year to help tidy up any areas of overgrown or neglected land.
“The 4th March was the second community day since the contract started in the winter of 2015 and it happened to fit nicely with Clean for The Queen campaign.”
The litter picking within the region for the Queen’s 90th Birthday was a huge success.
Clean for The Queen campaign director Adrian Evans said:
“On behalf of the campaign, I would like to say a big thank you to The Landscape Group for supporting Clean for The Queen.
“They have been part of a campaign that has seen a million people stepping out of their front doors to make a difference to the way places look in every corner of the UK.”