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Join Fenland army in Great Plastic Pick Up

Volunteers in Fenland will help turn the tide against plastic when they take part in the nationwide Great Plastic Pick Up campaign this weekend.

Great Plastic Pick Up

Litter-busters from six of the district's Street Pride groups will be joining more than 8,600 people who have signed up to the event being held from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13.

Spearheaded by the Daily Mail newspaper and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, the campaign aims to encourage communities and individuals to come together to help pick up and collect as much discarded plastic as they can.

The campaign has been backed by Prime Minister Theresa May and celebrities including TV wildlife experts Sir David Attenborough and Chris Packham.

Anyone wanting to join in the campaign is welcome to attend one of the six Street Pride litter picks taking place, or organise their own in any public open space, park or street. If you need litter-picking equipment you can contact Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council's Street Pride coordinator, on 01354 654321 or email rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk. The Council will also remove any rubbish collected.

The Street Pride litter-picks are being held on:

•       Wisbech Street Pride - Friday, May 11, 10am, meet in the Market Place

•       Newton-in-the-Isle Street Pride - Saturday, May 12, 10.30am, meet Village Hall

•       March Street Pride - Saturday, May 12, 10am, meet at the George Campbell Centre

•       Elm Street Pride - Saturday, May 12, 10am, meet at the War Memorial

•       Chatteris Street Pride - Saturday, May 12, 10am, meet at Church Lane Car Park

•       Manea Street Pride - Sunday, May 13, 10am, meet at the Meat and Eat Café

A community litter pick and flower planting event being held in Wimblington on Saturday, May 12, also coincides with the campaign.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "I'm delighted to see our dedicated Street Pride volunteers taking part in the Great Plastic Pick Up. The television programme Blue Planet really brought home to people the blight caused by discarded plastic and this campaign is a great opportunity to do something about it. With the help of our communities and individuals we can help tackle this scourge in our district, so I'd encourage as many people as possible to get involved."

If you are getting involved, whether by yourself or as part of a group, please let us know via @FenlandCouncil on social media and we'll make sure that your hard work to keep Fenland clean and tidy gets recognised!

Article added: May 8, 2018