Council supports communities to clean up as part of country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign | Sevenoaks District Council

Council supports communities to clean up as part of country’s biggest mass-action environmental campaign

Published: Monday, 18th March 2019

Sevenoaks District Council has pledged its support for this year’s Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The campaign, which runs from 22 March to 23 April 23, will see up to half a million people taking action to clean up neighbourhoods across the country.

The Great British Spring Clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment, and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.

Sevenoaks District Council are encouraging residents to take part or arrange a clean-up event during the month long campaign. They are also supporting Sevenoaks Town Council’s volunteer clean-up days, ‘Keep Sevenoaks Tidy’ starting on 22 March.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet Member for Direct & Trading Services, Cllr Matthew Dickins, says "We’re incredibly lucky to have on our doorsteps beautiful towns, villages and countryside. Friends and neighbours across the District rightly take great pride in keeping this special part of the country clean and tidy. Doing so is good not just for our environment, or for preserving its beauty, but because it also reduces the likelihood a selfish minority will abuse it – cleaner areas are treated better. The annual Great British Spring Clean is a superb partnership between the District Council, community groups and residents - I encourage everyone to get involved."

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive, Allison Ogden-Newton, adds: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.

“We are delighted that Sevenoaks District Council is supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.

“Without councils across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”

Sevenoaks District Council are offering to loan litter pickers and sacks to people wishing to organise an event and will also collect the sacks once finished. Residents and community groups who would like to organise a clean-up event in the Sevenoaks District, email to arrange support. Resources are limited so people wishing to organise an event should enquire as early as possible.

To find out more about the Great British Spring Clean or to sign up to an existing event, visit