The town’s Members of Parliament – Justin Tomlinson who represents North Swindon and Robert Buckland for South Swindon – are calling on communities, schools, businesses and voluntary organisations to get behind the UK’s largest litter pick and get their neighbourhood looking its best.
Her Majesty celebrates her 90th birthday on 21 April, but the people of the United Kingdom are being asked to turn out en-masse to clear the nation of the piles of litter in public places over the weekend of 4, 5, 6 March in honour of the monarch and show their pride in their country.
Justin Tomlinson said: “This is a great opportunity to make sure we get North Swindon neat and tidy in time for HM The Queen’s birthday on 21 April. Although the big litter pick will take place over on the first weekend of March, people can get involved whenever they like.
“It’s the support and action people take, not the dates, which is important. I really hope people in North Swindon will consider getting involved so together we can help mark this momentous occasion.”
Robert Buckland, pictured right, added: “We can all show our respect for our Queen’s commitment to the nation and take pride in all our communities by working together in this great big tidy up.
“Surveys* tell us litter is one of the key issues in people’s minds; after all its so obvious everywhere. It annoys the majority of people that a minority don’t look after their areas. But we can all do something about litter and Clean for the Queen is a marvellous opportunity to take action together.”
Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp is also backing the campaign. She said: “I know all too well from my travels around the country that there are places that could do with some TLC. I would urge everyone to get involved with Clean for The Queen.”
Environment Minister Rory Stewart said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces. I hope it will help lead to a lasting legacy of a cleaner, tidier Britain.”
Go to www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk to register your interest in taking part and organising their own clean up. On the website people can find details of how to organise an event, how to get hold of equipment and information on our grot-spot and schools competitions.
Special edition ‘Clean for The Queen’ litter bags are now available. Many local authorities are providing them free of charge. In addition, they’ll be available for free collection through selected branches of Costa and Waitrose across the country.
*A recent survey conducted by Populus found that 90 per cent of respondents consider litter to be a massive issue, with 81 per cent saying that seeing litter makes them angry and frustrated.
The Clean for The Queen event started off as a conversation between a handful of organisations, fed up with the continuing littering that affects the UK. Together, Country Life magazine, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the national charity Keep Britain Tidy, undertook to create the biggest clean up ever, with an ambition to get one million people engaged.
National organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Country Life magazine, the RSPB, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Clean Up Britain, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the CPRE, are all supporting the initiative.
Clean for The Queen is being funded by generous donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Lund Trust and a number of private individuals. McDonalds, Greggs, Costa, Wrigley and KFC have also provided financial support and their employees will be taking part in the clean-up weekend.