Community groups across the area are calling on people to Clean for the Queen as part of a nationwide litter pick taking place next weekend.
The Clean for the Queen campaign has been launched by Country Life magazine in partnership with Keep Britain tidy in a bid to tidy up in time for Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
The first national anti-litter campaign was held in 1953, the year of the Queen’s Coronation so it is apt this event should be held.
It will rally an army of volunteers across the country to clean up their local areas and will include a special clean-up weekend from Friday next week to Sunday.
Those behind the campaign have identified the top 12 grotspots across the country, including riverbanks, verges and beaches.
Among those identified was the Tickencote layby, near Stamford.
Campaign director Adrian Evans said: “The dirty dozen all share a common theme – they are local eyesores. We have chosen these grotspots to highlight just how bad the litter problem is and also to emphasise that everyone can make a difference to their local area by not littering.”
On Friday, employees at Burghley House will down tools and, working in partnership with Cummins Generator Technologies, take part in an estate wide litter pick, including the publicly accessible areas of the park, the roadside verges and country lanes surrounding the parkland.
The clean will also prepare the grounds for the reopening of the house and gardens on March 19.
In Bourne, the town’s In Bloom team is calling for any volunteers who would like to get involved over the weekend to contact the town clerk, Ian Sismey, on 01778 426123 or to e-mail email@example.com
The event will see teams of litter pickers from The Rotary Club of Bourne, Bakkavor and various other groups out and about tidying up the town.
Ian said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep their community tidy and this campaign provides us with a great chance to protect our wildlife and improve the quality of our streets and public spaces.”
Residents across the rest of South Kesteven are being asked to help the district council’s efforts for the campaign.
Organisations and individuals are invited to join SKDC’s extra efforts on Friday March 4 and it is encouraging other local town and parish councils within the district to get on board with the scheme.
Those wishing to get involved should contact the council on Facebook or Twitter, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a general enquiry form at www.southkesteven.gov.uk
Staff from Lands’ End in Oakham are also organising an event on Friday.
They are hoping to clear the area between Lands’ End Way and Pillings Road between 10am and 2pm and have the backing of Rutland County Council, which is providing equipment and bags.
There will also be hot soup and a roll and hot chocolate to warm up the volunteers.
Anyone interested in taking part should call 01572 722553 and ask to speak to Jackie Friar or Wendy Sanders.
Events will also take place across the area’s villages.
Carlby’s third annual litter pick, which coincides with the campaign, will take place on Saturday, March 5. Meet at 11.15pm at 14 The Avenue, Carlby. Bags and litter pickers will be provided but please take your own sturdy gloves which are required.
In Whissendine and Ketton, villagers are being asked to clear the hedgerows and their own properties. Wittering Parish Council is also organising an event as is South Luffenham Parish Council.
The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard has urged everyone in Rutland to get involved.
He said: “I know that within every one of our villages and towns there are those who are rightly concerned about ensuring their communities are litter free and I hope that they, along with their friends and families will join in a ‘Clean for The Queen’ blitz on litter.
“I very much hope that this weekend will leave a legacy that will encourage more people to reduce their habit of dropping litter and help to make our beautiful county even more attractive.”
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