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 Get picking in town clear-up

People in high viz jackets holding black sacks and litter pickers.

Volunteer litter pickers are being recruited now to take part in Farnham’s Big Pick Week and the Great British Spring Clean, both taking place in March. Groups of neighbours, families, youth groups and anyone with an hour or two to spare is being encouraged to join in the annual spring cleaning events by registering their interest with Farnham Town Council.

Councillor Stephen Hill, the Lead Member for Farnham in Bloom says: “Litter picking with a few friends or your family is a really easy way to make a big visual difference in your community, and by providing all the equipment you need and even taking away the rubbish you collect, we’re making it even easier.”

He adds: “We are asking people to volunteer just a few hours to clean up the litter in their chosen area. Big Pick Week, from 23 to 30 March, is an important part of our Farnham in Bloom activities as litter has such a big impact on how welcoming outdoor spaces look. Litter picking doesn’t require any experience or special skill and doesn’t involve regular commitment so almost anyone can join in and get the satisfaction of doing their bit for the town and contributing to the Farnham in Bloom community effort.”

To join in Farnham’s litter picking, contact Farnham Town Council (email giving your contact details, where you would like to pick litter and how many people you expect to join you.

Big Pick Week coincides with the national Great British Spring Clean, organised by Keep Britain Tidy which this year is highlighting the impact of plastics on our environment and wildlife.

A Great British Spring Clean will take place around Farnham town centre during the morning of Saturday 30 March. Anybody who wishes to take part should email and meet at the council office at 10am. Tea and cake will be served at the end of the litter pick.

Councillor Hill says: “Thank you in advance to everybody who wants to join in the litter pick. It will be interesting to see how much of what we collect is plastic. I expect we will be shocked to see how much single use plastic has been carelessly dropped rather than carefully recycled.”

Previous litter pick weeks have seen many groups join in collecting dozens of bags of rubbish.

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