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Residents urged to join the Big Spring Clean

Residents, community groups and schools are being urged to sign up for this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign.

It is hoped the campaign will see hundreds of volunteers in County Durham and Darlington stepping forward to tidy up their local areas.

The campaign is being organised by LitterFree Durham and backed by both Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council.

This is the second year the campaign has been run. Last year 72 groups, made up of almost 1,300 volunteers took part. Between them they carried out 82 litter picks and collected just over 1,500 bags of litter.

Now LitterFree Durham is urging people to sign up for this year’s campaign, which will be launched tomorrow (March 10).

Litter picks will be held to mark the launch at South Park, Darlington; the village hall at Heighington Village and The Bridge, at Whorlton, County Durham.

All of the events will take place at 10am and organisers are calling on people to join in and sign up for the Big Spring Clean.

The Big Spring Clean itself will take place between April 16 and May 11 and local community groups, organisations and schools are being urged to register.

Gerald Lee, chair of LitterFree Durham said: “Once again we are working in partnership with Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council to organise our Big Spring Clean campaign to remove litter from the highways and byways of County Durham and Darlington.

“We’re calling on local people to help us to help them make a difference to their community by joining us for the 2012 Big Spring Clean.”

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships at Durham County Council, said: “Last year was a brilliant example of people coming together to make their local areas clean and tidy.

“We are inviting those groups and others to join us again and help to make this year’s Big Spring Clean campaign even bigger and better.”

And Cllr Nick Wallis, Cabinet member for leisure and local environment at Darlington Borough Council, said: “The majority of us take great pride in our area and don’t drop litter.

“The Big Spring Clean is a great way for local people to come together and help clean up after the minority who feel it is OK to drop litter in our town.”

Groups are invited to register for the campaign from Saturday (March 10).

To sign up in County Durham email litterfreedurham@durham.gov.uk or ring 01388 728 826.

To sign up in Darlington email litterfreedurham@darlington.gov.uk or ring 01325 347 434.

Further information about the Big Spring Clean campaign can be found at http://www.litterfreedurham.org.uk

via Press Release-Durham County Council.

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