Babergh and Mid Suffolk community litter pickers joined their counterparts from across the county in Parliament last week to celebrate the Great British Spring Clean. Elaine Pulham from Hadleigh and Joy Walton from Debenham headed to Westminster from Suffolk.
Blog Entry Posted on Behalf of Elaine Pulham, Hadleigh Tidy Town:
Having met each other for the first time on the train, we arrived in Westminster to see the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, which was an added bonus to an enjoyable day.
The Keep Britain Tidy celebration event was held in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames. On arrival we met Nadia Sparkes (aka Trash Girl) and her mum. It was refreshing to see a number of youngsters there, some representing their schools, who were involved in the Great British Spring Clean in which over 400,000 volunteers took part.
It was very well attended and we met some individual litter pickers, people like us representing their towns and villages, and also groups, not least the Dorset Devils who were out in force, suitably attired in their hi viz jackets!
We also met Julia Bradbury, who has recently become a KBT Ambassador and is passionate about the cause, especially as she does so much to promote our countryside.
We were impressed to see some of the big corporates, like Coca Cola and Costa, supporting the KBT event. We also understand a number of MP's across the parties are involved in the Daily Mail/Chris Packham Great Plastic Pick Up campaign on 11-13 May.
Many schools are becoming ECO schools and they had their Great School Clean in March with the next one planned for the same time in 2019. Details of how to become an ECO school can be found on the KBT website and all schools should be encouraged to join.
KBT's target is to reduce the current amount of litter by 20 percent by 2020. They have a number of slogans in mind to help the cause and have just relaunched "Don't be a Tosser". The Litter Monster, who has travelled the country, was also present and has appeared on Clean Up posters.
There is a mountain of information on the Keep Britain Tidy website to assist individuals and groups to get involved and inspired with helping to clean up our Great Britain.
We ended the afternoon with a visit to both the House of Commons and House of Lords, mainly for a sit down, before heading off to the National Gallery.