Volunteers help give district a spring clean

Published Wednesday 8 March 2017

Community groups are helping to keep the Harborough District litter free by holding a number of litter picking events as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

The national campaign aims to encourage groups and residents to get outdoors, get active and help clear up litter in their area. As part of the spring clean weekend (3 to 5 March) local litter picking sessions were held in Market Harborough and Claybrooke Magna.

Harborough District Council Chairman, Cllr Janette Ackerley (pictured with volunteers), took part in both sessions saying: “It is fantastic to see so many people taking pride in their local community and helping to keep their towns, villages and countryside litter free.”

Volunteers help at Great British Spring Clean


Judy Rowley, from Market Harborough Environment Group who organised the event in Market Harborough, said: “We have over 50 volunteers who give their time to help keep the local area clean and tidy. We have been working with the council for many years and we are grateful for their support in providing equipment and disposing of the rubbish we collect.”

A number of other planned community litter picking events will be taking place in the coming weeks including sessions in Lubenham, Medbourne, Peatling Magna, Dunton Basset, Lutterworth, Scraptoft, Thurnby and Claybrooke Parva.

Cllr Neil Bannister, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for environment and regulation, said: “Our communities are keen to take an active role in improving their local environment and the council supports individuals and groups across the district to carry out litter picking sessions throughout the year. I would like to thank everyone that takes part in these events for their hard work and dedication to their local area.”

If you are interested in arranging your own community litter pick contact the waste and recycling team at Harborough District Council via waste@harborough.gov.uk

If you would like to work with the Market Harborough Environment Group, either by picking a local area or by joining in the group’s community events, contact Judy Rowley at judy.rowley@virgin.net