Community springs into action for the Great British Spring Clean

Today we held an organised litter pick at Forches estate, Barnstaple to support the Great British Spring Clean, a campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March 2017.

The team of volunteers, which included staff from North Devon Homes, a local Councillor, and people living in the local community amassed 16 bags of rubbish during the 3 hour event.

The Great British Spring Clean is a new campaign, with a view to it becoming an annual event, helping to bring people together to clean up the country.

TV wildlife presenter and children’s favourite Steve Backshall is lending his support to the campaign, which is backed by the key anti-litter charities including Keep Britain Tidy, Keep Wales Tidy, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage.

Many other organisations are also supporting the clean up including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses.

North Devon Homes’ Neighbourhood Manager, Nick Litherland, said: ‘The Great British Spring Clean is a fantastic campaign which we are delighted to be supporting. It was great to see people coming together to help clean up the litter that can blight our local landscape and communities. I would like to thank everyone that took part for their hard work and for making today’s event a great success’.

You can find out more about the Great British Spring Clean by visiting the main campaign website at