Dales litter blitz to mark Queen's 90th birthday

Your District Council is getting behind the 'Clean for The Queen' campaign that will see schools, community groups and individuals spending a few hours together litter picking here in the Derbyshire Dales.

Organised by Keep Britain Tidy to mark the Queen's 90th birthday, Clean for the Queen (C4TQ) events will be taking place throughout the spring, with a national litter blitz planned this weekend, 4-6 March.

District Council parks and street scene assistant Helen Spencer (left) and community engagement officer Ros Hession with one of the Clean for the Queen plastic bagsThe District Council is supporting C4TQ events by providing or loaning equipment such as litter pickers - and can also arrange to collect bags of rubbish afterwards. We invited groups and individuals to complete an online form before 22 February.

Events appear on a C4TQ nationwide map and can be used to recruit volunteers and report back on the number of bags collected. 

Groups signing up here in the Derbyshire Dales include Wirksworth Town Council, which will lead a clear up of footpaths and community spaces in the town, Cromford Parish Council and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, while Matlock Civic Association and Matlock in Bloom are joining forces.

Others volunteering their services are Ashbourne WI, Ashbourne Hilltop School, Matlock St Joseph's Cathloc Primary School, Biggin CE Primary School, Easter Moors Spring Clean Curbar, 3rd Darley Dale Guides and the Hognaston/Turlow Tidy Up group.

The Rowland Clean-Up team has also joined the campaign, as has Shirley Parish Council, which plans to litter pick, clean signs and clear drains around the village followed a by a post event "hot drink, cake and gossip" event in the village's Community Space.

Also planning litter picks are Tissington and Lea Hall Parish Council, Middleton Litter Pickers and volunteers in Grindleford, which already has a group that carries out a quarterly tidy-up.

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