Natalie Elphicke MP in Parliament, with Orinico the Womble

This year’s litter-picking campaign, from 17 March to 2 April, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to get litter picking and give our area a spring clean boost.

The Dover & Deal MP also praised the work of Dover District Council (DDC) leader Cllr Trevor Bartlett for DDC winning the prestigious Keep Britain Tidy Great British Spring Clean Award for their campaign to tackle litter.  

Natalie Elphicke MP said: “Litter louts make our area look less attractive for us all. Discarded litter can be harmful to wildlife too. Keeping Britain Tidy is something all of us can help with.

“I got some good litter picking tips from my favourite Womble in Parliament.  Let’s all release our inner Womble and give Dover, Deal and the villages a big Spring Clean!”

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its eighth year, saw people up and down the country come together last year to clean up nearly half a million bags of litter. 

Keep Britain Tidy’s Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, said: “We are so grateful for the ongoing support from Natalie Elphicke MP and her constituents. 

“Now into its eighth year, the Great British Spring Clean is a fantastic way for people to really show their pride in where they live, and connect with like-minded residents, while taking serious and immediate action to protect the environment on their doorstep.  

“During this year’s campaign, we are calling on everyone to show #PrideinPlace and help us harness the power of collective environmental action by taking on the #BigBagChallenge. It’s inspiring to see so many councils have made a commitment this year to support this vital call to action to protect our environment. 

“Whether it’s a pledge to pick one bag or 50, we hope all of our MPs feel proud to see armies of #LitterHeroes volunteers carrying out these acts of kindness to make their constituency a cleaner, safer place for our future generations”. 

By Ed

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