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The Great British Spring Clean


Spring has well and truly sprung. That means that it’s time for Keep Britain Tidy’s annual litter picking campaign “The Great British Spring Clean”.

All across the country community groups, Councils and organisations will be donning their gloves, grabbing a bin bag and giving their local areas a good old clean-up.

The Council’s Parks and Countryside Service and Clean and Green Teams will be embracing the campaign and will be working together, along with community volunteer groups, to organise and undertake some special clean up events. The events will give the residents of West Lancashire an opportunity to get out into their local parks and help make them a better place for the local wildlife.

The following clean-ups are being organised:

  • Saturday 21 March –  10am -12pm – Chequer Lane Lake, Up Holland
  • Sunday 29 March – 1pm – 3pm – Platts Lane Lake, Burscough
  • Saturday 4 April – 10am -12pm – Tawd Valley Park, Skelmersdale (meet by Library)
  • Sunday 12 April – 1pm-3pm – Station Approach, Ormskirk (meet at far end of the station car park)

The event at Tawd Valley Park will be supported by the Friends of Tawd Valley Park and the event at Platts Lane Lake will be supported by the Burscough Litter Pickers group. Both groups do a great deal of work to help improve their local communities.

All litter picking equipment and bin bags will be provided, however participants are advised to wear sturdy footwear, outdoor clothing and some gardening gloves.

Under 18’s are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+ at all times.

Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure and Wellbeing services said: “Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit West Lancashire’s wonderful Parks and Countryside. The natural world is waking up after the cold winter months and the whole Borough feels alive with flora and fauna. These events are a marvellous opportunity for you to get out there and explore and help out the wide array of wildlife living on your doorstep!”

For further information regarding the events please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages, searching West Lancs Rangers or @westlancsbc, or contact the Rangers on 01695 622794.

If you want to organise your own spring clean event please email environmental.enforcementofficers@westlancs.gov.uk and they will arrange for you to have litter pickers and bin bags in addition to bag pick up points. You will have to provide your own gloves. If you do organise an event please do not attempt to clean up flytipped waste. Please report this to the council via our online portal www.westlancs.gov.uk/flytipping so we can come and clear them up, and pick up any evidence that may help us catch those responsible.

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