Nottingham volunteers gear up for weekend Clean for The Queen campaign
Volunteers across the county are getting their bin bags and gloves at the ready for the UK’s Clean for The Queen campaign.
The national scheme has been launched to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday on April 21 – in a bid to tidy up our country’s streets and pick up as much litter as possible in three days.
Organisations across Nottinghamshire are looking for volunteers to join them at a variety of litter-picking events this weekend.
St Mary’s Church, in Hucknall, will be holding their big spring clean this Saturday and are appealing for members of the public to help.
Vicar of the church, Reverend Kathryn Herrod, said: “The focus will be on the churchyard and marketplace, where the church stands prominently.
“A designated morning spring clean also gives an impetus to new people coming to help keep our church and grounds in good order.
“Being the last resting place of Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace, the church is visited by many people from all over the world.”
The national campaign is the biggest community-led clean-up ever, with more than 6,000 volunteers already registered and 400 special edition litter sacks collected from local councils.
For those wanting to organise their own event, sacks are also available at the Kirkby Council Offices, in Urban Road, on behalf of Ashfield District Council.
Councillor Tim Brown said: “Keeping Ashfield clean and tidy is hugely important and the council is delighted to be supporting Clean for The Queen.”
Other opportunities to get involved include clean-ups on Friday at Broadgate Park, in Beeston; at Coronation Park, in Eastwood; and at the Hall Om Wong Open Space, in Kimberley, all from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The Mayor of Broxtowe will also be getting stuck in alongside volunteers at the Queen Elizabeth Park, in Stapleford.
All of the parks received Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields status in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
Campaign director, Adrian Evans, added: “Litter is a problem that councils across the UK spend the best part of £1 billion clearing up every year.
“By taking part in the campaign and clearing up the country, individuals and communities will not only be giving the queen a gift to mark her birthday, they will also be giving themselves and their area a present.”
To register your own event, visit cleanforthequeen.co.uk.
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