It's that time of year again when we think about throwing open the door to our fit-to-bursting wardrobe or the loft and have a good old spring clean up.
Taking place from March 3-5, Keep Britain Tidy are asking 500,000 people to get out and help tidy up their neighbourhood. You can do it as a family, with friends, with your local community group or on your own and it needn't take long - all you need is some bin bags and a good dose of enthusiasm to create a neighbourhood you can feel proud of. And if 500,000 people pick litter for just two hours, the country will benefit from one million hours of clean up care which will make an incredible difference.
Now in its second year, the 2016 national clean-up saw 250,000 people get stuck in to clean up their communities. Across 400 local authorities, locals collected more than 300,000 bags of rubbish – an achievement that had a huge impact not just on two-legged residents but also helped local wildlife, plants and eco-systems thrive.
This is something one nature-loving litter picker who's getting behind the campaign knows all too well. TV naturalist and former Strictly star Steve Backshall, who's backing the Great British Spring Clean, says “Litter dropped in a British street is a horror show for wildlife, so many animals are injured and even die from the things we throw away. This is such an important issue and I’m proud to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy and their campaign – the Great British Spring Clean."
The initiative comes after Keep Britain Tidy found over two thirds of people said they were concerned with living in a throw-away society and 50 per cent said they were worried about the appearance of their local area. But grabbing a bin bag and some friends and heading out to help the Great British Spring Clean is a wonderful way you can really make a difference to your community.
To sign up for the Great British Spring Clean visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk