Kemble group wins ‘Clean for Queen’ competition
Release date: 28 June 2016
Caption: Tom Barrow (centre) with Cllr Coakley (left) and Claire Blizzard of Ubico Ltd (right).
A group of environmentally-conscious residents in the Kemble area has won the £1,000 prize ‘Clean for the Queen’ competition which was organised by Cotswold District Council to tie in with a national ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ campaign linked to the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Judges from the Council and its waste service provider Ubico Ltd reviewed the efforts of over 50 groups of volunteers who carried out spring cleans in local communities across the District. After narrowing entrants down to five contenders for the £1,000 prize, kindly donated by Ubico Ltd, the judging panel visited each short-listed site and met the organisers to discuss their projects in more detail. The standard was very high but the unanimous choice for the £1,000 prize was a group from the Kemble area fronted by local resident Tom Barrow. Inspired by an article in Country Life magazine, he gathered together a team of 15 volunteers to clean up litter at the side of the road from Ewen to Cirencester and also encouraged them to recycle all the plastic bottles, cans and cardboard that they collected. He also visited the local school and the parish council to attract further support which resulted in many more volunteers across a wide range of age groups carrying out similar clean ups in the Kemble area.
The judges were also very impressed with the other entries on the short list. A ‘Mickleton in Bloom’ group, led by Maureen Shears, claimed second place; this group often undertakes environmental work for the village, including regular litter picking, and the volunteers took on extra clean-up tasks around approach roads to support the Clean for the Queen campaign. Third place went to their neighbours in Chipping Campden, fronted by Richard Orr, who carried out an extensive litter pick around the town to mark the occasion. There were also commendations for the efforts of clean-up groups from the Kempsford community, led by Anna Skolasinska-Barnett, and the Watermoor Community Group, Cirencester headed by Cllr Jenny Hincks.
Commenting on the outcome, Cllr Sue Coakley, Cabinet Member for the Environment at CDC and head of the judging panel, said:
“I know it sounds like a cliché, but I can honestly say that everyone was a winner in this competition. Having travelled across extensive parts of the District to judge the short-listed entrants, we noticed that the Cotswolds looked remarkably attractive thanks, in part, to the efforts of everyone who volunteered for the clean-up. We appreciate the efforts of everyone who took part and also those who continue to litter pick on a regular basis.
“The judging panel were especially impressed by how Tom Barrow had enthused so many others in Kemble to follow his lead, and we are sure that he will keep the momentum going. The fact that the group will be using the prize money to buy equipment and fund publicity for more clean-up campaigns bodes well for the future.”
Most volunteers used equipment and bags supplied by the Council. We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and also arrange special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.