Help tidy up Northampton so the town is clean for the Queen

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Northampton is joining the UK’s largest litter pick to try to clean up the country in time for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The Clean for the Queen campaign was launched last week and will see a million people out and about cleaning up their communities.

Northampton will jump on board on March 4, 5 and 6, in time for the Queen’s official birthday celebrations in June.

Northampton Borough Council will be encouraging and supporting groups and individuals who want to join in and help clear up the litter in our streets, parks and countryside.

Councillor Alan Bottwood, Northampton Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We are delighted to be supporting Clean for The Queen and we would encourage as many groups, individuals and organisations in Northampton to take part.

“There will be local litterpicks arranged across the town and we would like to hear from communities, schools, companies and any individuals who would like to take part.”

Supported by the Government, the campaign is backed by organisations including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPB, as well as businesses including McDonald’s, Costa, Greggs and KFC.

The anti-litter charity Keep Britain Tidy is also supporting what is the biggest community led clean up the country has ever seen.

Clean for The Queen campaign director Adrian Evans said: “We hope a million people will join us in a mass litterpick to give our beautiful country the facelift it deserves.

Litter is a problem that councils across the UK spend the best part of £1billion clearing up every year. By taking part in Clean for The Queen and clearing up the country, individuals and communities will not only be giving The Queen a suitably impressive gift to mark her 90th birthday, they will also be giving themselves and their area a present – a clean space in which to live, work and play.”

TV presenter and fervent anti-litter campaigner Kirstie Allsopp said: “I really hope that as many people as possible will join in with this fantastic campaign. I litter-pick with my family regularly and it really can be good fun. It’s a great way for children to start to understand the impact litter has on our environment and the harm it can do.”

For more information and to find out how to take part please email ehealth@northampton.gov.uk.

To find out more about Clean For The Queen, visit www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk, or follow @cleanforqueen on Twitter.