Council’s Great Cotswolds Clean up competition begins on 2 March!

Release date: 5 February 2018

Caption: the new 2018 poster includes the Tidy Cotswolds bin image by a student at Powell's School - the winning entry in a CDC schools competition last year. 

Now in its third year Cotswold District Council’s ‘Great Cotswolds Clean up prize competition will get underway on Friday 2 March.  The Council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund.

From Friday 2 March until Sunday 29 April schools, community groups and other volunteers (such as brownies) are being encouraged to

  • carry out a litter pick in their communities
  • take ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs
  • indicate how they would use the prize money to enhance their environment.

The launch of the competition coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean weekend which has done so much to raise awareness of this issue nationally.

There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition (£500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third).

Applying to enter is very simple – just email or call 01285 623123 and provide the location of your 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, and provide details of the size of the work party.  When the competition concludes, a panel of CDC judges will draw up a short-list and visit the finalists to assess the work done.

Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment, looks forward to the event:

“There are so many residents who are enthusiastic about keeping the Cotswolds clean and tidy, and last year’s competition entrants clearly had a lot of fun in the process.  Running this prize competition is a small gesture to thank everyone for their efforts.

“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.


Cotswold District Council
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