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Litter pickers wanted for New Forest Spring Clean

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VOLUNTEER litter pickers who want to clean up their community are being urged to take part in this year’s New Forest Spring Clean.

The initiative, which is part of the wider Great British Spring Clean campaign running 28th May to 13th June, is being organised locally by New Forest District Council, Forestry England, the national park authority, Hampshire County Council, National Trust and the Verderers.

NFDC’s cabinet member for people and places, Cllr David Russell, said: “We all have a responsibility to keep our surroundings clean and tidy. Litter is not just an eyesore, it is a danger to people and wildlife and is costly to clean up.

The council is offering to lend equipment for groups of up to 30 volunteers
The council is offering to lend equipment for groups of up to 30 volunteers

“We are lucky to have enthusiastic volunteers looking out for the New Forest, and as restrictions are lifting, we are keen to support people’s efforts to clean up our district safely.

"Whether you want to clean up at your park, town, beach or forest, we can help you by supplying the equipment you need and collecting the rubbish you pick up.”

The council is offering to lend equipment for groups of up to 30 volunteers including grabbers and hi-vis vests for organised litter picking events. They will also supply rubbish sacks and arrange to collect the waste after the litter pick.

Cllr Russell added: “Please remember that your personal safety must always come first. If you are planning a clean-up, please get permission from the landowner and follow our health and safety guidance to make sure you and your volunteers stay safe on your litter pick.”

Families and individuals can also get free litter picking equipment and advice by signing up to the national park’s scheme to become New Forest ambassadors.

NPA chairman Gavin Parker said: “Any litter left in our national park can be a problem. It can start wildfires and can kill commoners' animals and wildlife and pollute the waterways.

"We’d like to thank our ambassadors and all the other groups such as Litter Pickers of the New Forest, Team Totton and Copythorne Parish Pickers who have tirelessly litter-picked throughout the year."

He added: “We are calling on more families, communities and businesses to join this concerted effort to help us to clean up the Forest this spring.”

To get involved and find out more visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/nfambassadors or www.newforest.gov.uk/litterpicking

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