A big thank you to all the members of the community from Tidworth & Ludgershall, including, cubs/scouts, Tidworth Leisure Centre Staff, members of the church, Councillors, 26 Engineers and members of the public who turned out to ‘Clean for the Qeen’ over the weekend, to mark the Queen’s forthcoming 90th birthday celebrations.
In total around 80 bags of rubbish were collected, which is a fantastic effort by everyone involved!!
Across Wiltshire around 70 litter picks involving some 1,400 volunteers were registered with Wiltshire Council and took place over the weekend with community spirited volunteers collecting 1,800 purple bags of rubbish, which weighed more than 14 metric tonnes.
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.”
Further ‘Clean for The Queen’ events are happening in the Tidworth Community Area in both Everleigh and The Chutes over the coming weeks. Why not get involved and help keep your community clean.