Great Cotswolds Clean up competition is underway
Release date: 3 March 2017
Building on the success of last year’s ‘Clean for the Queen’ prize competition, Cotswold District Council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund.
From Friday 3 March until Sunday 30 April, the Council is running a Great Cotswolds Clean up competition. Schools, community groups and other volunteers (such as brownies) are being encouraged to carry out a litter pick, take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs, and also give an indication of how they might sustain progress to continue reducing litter in their areas. The launch of the competition coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British clean up weekend, and CDC has obtained thousands of branded sacks from the organisation to distribute to volunteer litter pickers.
There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition (£500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third) and applying to enter couldn’t be simpler – just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01285 623123 and provide the location scheduled for a litter pick, together with the name of a community representative who is willing to liaise with the Council. We will expect that person to take the ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the area being tidied. It would also be useful if we could have details about the size of the work party. When the competition concludes, the representative should be prepared to meet a panel of CDC judges at the clean-up location to assist them in assessing the improvements.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, is looking forward to a great community effort:
“We normally experience a big demand for litter pick equipment and advice from quite a few volunteer groups at this time of year, but we saw a marked increase when we staged the ‘Clean for the Queen’ competition last year and we hope to see a similar boost in interest this time around. I know that many residents are keen to tackle the blight of litter in their localities, and the availability of a prize fund is a small incentive to say thank you.
“We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and it will help our environmental team if volunteers could stagger the take-up over the duration of the competition so that we can use our resources to best effect. We can also arrange for Ubico Ltd to make special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.
“I should remind potential volunteers that the winners will be required to spend the prize money on improving or maintaining the appearance of their community.”