A large group of volunteers have assembled to help remove the litter from Hawthorn Hythe beach as part of the #LitterHeroes campaign hosted by Keep Britain Tidy.
The arranged date for the beach to be cleared was set for Friday, March 2, however due to snow it has had to be rearranged to a later date. Thousands of people in England are ready to help clean the country for the Great British Spring Clean.
A spokesperson for Keep Britain Tidy has said the aim of the #LitterHeroes campaign is “to bring people across the country together to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and beaches.”
The campaign was set to run over a period of three days in March, but now it will be anytime up to mid-April.
“Litter matters to people and we know people are out doing something about it every day. It’s fantastic so many people want to come together to clean up their parks, neighbourhoods, towns and beaches as part of the Great British Spring Clean,” said the spokesperson.
“We want to inspire 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.”
There is no set date for the gathering at Hawthorn Hythe yet, but the Keep Britain Tidy campaign will ensure that the planned meeting on the Durham Coast will run until Sunday, April 15.
Speaking at the launch event, Councillor Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “The Big Spring Clean campaign represents a fantastic opportunity for people to really make a difference in their community.
“Last year’s campaign saw 191 litter-picks carried out in total, with 2,589 people contributing 3,382 volunteer hours to collect 2,865 bags of litter.
“This year we’re hoping to top that incredible achievement.”
Visit https://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18102/Litter-heroes-urged-to-take-part-in-this-year-s-Big-Spring-Clean for more information.