Community spirited volunteers in Salisbury and across Wiltshire collected 1,800 purple bags of rubbish as they joined the national campaign to Clean for the Queen. The rubbish, which weighed more than 14 metric tonnes, was collected during events which took place across the county over the weekend for the national campaign to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.In Wiltshire around 70 litter picks involving some 1,400 volunteers were registered with Wiltshire Council and took place over the weekend. There are a further two litter picks planned this weekend with seven organised for the following weekend.
In the City, litter pickers were out and about at a number of locations last Friday and Saturday. Armed with special purple bin bags volunteers, including pupils from St Mark’s Junior School, cleared up around Victoria Park and Hudson’s Field.
St Mark’s Junior School pupils also joined volunteers for a clean-up at Bishopdown Hill/ Linkway/ Paul’s Dene Steps — filling 30 rubbish bags.
And children from Wyndham Park Infants’ School also gave their school site a spruce up. Their efforts filled up five bags of rubbish.
A team of volunteers also turned out to support a Clean for the Queen event at Cherry Orchard Lane and Lower Road.
The Clean for the Queen events continued into Saturday with clean-ups at Five Rivers Leisure Centre and the Waitrose car park, which involved 25 volunteers, nine from Salisbury-based charity Serve On. A whopping 50 bags were filled and two shopping trollies were fished out as well.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council praised the hard working volunteers.She said: “Congratulations to all our community-spirited volunteers who took the time to be part of this campaign and have made such a difference to their local areas. I hope this will encourage everyone to continue to keep our county litter free in the future.”My thanks go to The Landscape Group who provided litter picking equipment to help volunteers during the weekend and have done a great job collecting all the bags of rubbish.”
‘Clean for The Queen’ is a national campaign launched by Country Life magazine and Keep Britain Tidy to rally volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas.Young and old, community groups, schools and the Army joined forces to clean up local areas and fill hundreds of purple bags with rubbish at organised events across Wiltshire from Friday to Sunday.
Toby Sturgis, cabinet member for waste, joined 120 service personnel from 9 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps at their clean up in Chippenham on Friday.Wiltshire Council acted as a distribution hub for Clean for the Queen rubbish collection sacks and also distributed 180 litter pickers and 2,000 tabards to more than 80 different groups through the county. Community Engagement Managers helped co-ordinate a number of events and also gave guidance to communities on how to organise their own litter picks safely.
David Cowie, area manager from The Landscape Group, 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 was delighted to support Wiltshire Council and the local communities with their cleans across the county. It was great to see the people of Wiltshire come out in force to support the campaign.”