This weekend hundreds of thousands of people are due to take part in a special clean-up of their local area to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Clean for The Queen is asking everyone - individuals, groups, schools, companies, sports teams – to get involved on 4, 5 and 6 March.
And if you’re doing your bit in Aylesbury Vale or Thame, we want to see your photos!
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A recent survey conducted by Populus found that 90 per cent of respondents consider litter to be a massive issue, with 81 per cent saying that seeing litter makes them angry and frustrated.
The Clean for The Queen event started off as a conversation between a handful of organisations, fed up with the continuing littering that affects the UK. Together, Country Life magazine, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the national charity Keep Britain Tidy, undertook to create the biggest clean up ever, with an ambition to get one million people engaged.
Allison-Ogden-Newton, chief executive, Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We have worked hard to gather a considerable amount of support and backing from charities, community groups, local authorities and businesses. This is the first time that all of the anti-litter organisations have come together to support a UK wide anti-litter campaign.”
Melissa Murdoch, trustee of the Garfield Weston Foundation, said: “By picking up one piece of litter, you will have made a difference. It would be great to have one million volunteers joining in to make a difference to their local areas right across the UK!”
Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp is backing the campaign. She said: “I know all too well from my travels around the country that there are places that could do with some TLC. I would urge everyone to get involved with Clean for The Queen.”
Kevin Everett, Chairman and Treasurer of Sir John Cass’s Foundation said: “Sir John Cass’s Foundation is proud to be involved in Clean for the Queen. We champion the importance of educating young and old about respecting our surroundings.”
National organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Country Life magazine, the RSPB, the Women’s Institute, Clean Up Britain, the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the CPRE, are all supporting the initiative.
Clean for The Queen is being funded by generous donations from the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Lund Trust and a number of private individuals. McDonalds, Greggs, Costa, Wrigley and KFC have also provided financial support and their employees will be taking part in the clean-up weekend.
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