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Postponed Great British Spring Clean events go ahead

With the snow and ice gone and the first signs of spring emerging, Fenland's litter heroes have regrouped to stage their Great British Spring Clean litter picks.

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Volunteers from across the district were due to take part in the nationwide Keep Britain Tidy campaign on March 2-4, but clean-up events were postponed and cancelled up and down the country due to the Beast from the East.

Now five Street Pride groups have staged their events to help clear up their communities, and raise awareness of how people should dispose of their litter properly.

Manea Street Pride held its Great British Spring Clean event on Saturday, March 10, the same day it received a handicart from Fenland District Council to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Waterlees Street Pride/In Bloom held its event on Monday, March 12, and the Doddington group on Saturday, March 17. Members in Leverington also held theirs on March 17, when 25 bags of litter were collected.

Wisbech Street Pride was joined by eight members of staff from the town's Tesco Extra store for a joint litter pick on Thursday, March 22. A total of 13 bags of litter were collected in total, including seven filled with recyclables. Three members of the Street Pride group also weeded and cut back the herb bank along Nene Parade.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "The Great British Spring Clean brings people together to help clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages and countryside. The cold weather put a stop to many events, but I'm delighted our volunteers rescheduled their litter picks to help make a big difference to our environment."

Article added: March 29, 2018