Watford Borough Council and partner Veolia are delighted that so far this March around 200 volunteers have turned out to clean up areas across Watford to support the UK's Great British Spring Clean.
Cassiobury Park, Oxhey Park, Waterfields Recreational Ground and St Albans Road are among the places that have been cleaned with more locations being targeted throughout March. Residents, councillors, school children, and staff from both Veolia and Watford Borough Council are all mucking in.
This weekend there will be a Courtlands Residents Association clean-up on Saturday from 9.30am to noon, meeting at the Goodwood Recreation Ground entrance in Minerva Drive. A Kingswood Residents Association clean-up of the Kingswood estate will follow on Sunday, running from 11.30am to 3pm, meeting at North Approach next to the chemist. Everyone is welcome. To join in, or for more information – including contact details and a full list of UK-wide clean-ups, visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk.
Altogether, across the UK up to half a million people have been out and about clearing up the places they love as part of a wider campaign to rid the country of litter.
The campaign – backed by wildlife presenter Steve Backshall and organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, the Women’s Institute, the RSPCA and a range of other organisation and businesses – has resulted in the biggest community-led clean-up the country has ever seen.
Cllr Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Client Services at Watford Borough Council, said: “The Great British Spring Clean inspired people to volunteer a few hours to get outdoors and pick up some of the litter that surrounds us. We were delighted to participate alongside so many willing volunteers who all played their part in helping make Watford a cleaner place to live.”
Joanna Morris from Veolia, who has helped coordinate the events by providing litter picking kits and Great British Spring Clean branded bags, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response we had from Watford residents and local councillors. At one point we needed to source more litter picking kits, as we were close to running out. It’s wonderful to know that so many residents care about Watford, and that there is a huge team of Local Heroes that are willing to give up their free time to help keep our beautiful borough clean.”