The Great British Spring Clean

Litter is a blight on the countryside and makes our towns and villages look sad and unloved – so, with spring just around the corner, a national clean-up campaign is getting underway.

The joint waste team which covers Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe Districts is backing the Great British Spring Clean 2017 in the hope it will become an annual event and raise awareness to the benefits of keeping our environment litter-free.

The national campaign is run by Keep Britain Tidy and backed by the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses.

Official dates for the Great British Spring Clean are Friday 3 March to Sunday 5 March, but community spring cleans can be arranged at any time with support from the joint waste team, which will provide for free; litter picker sticks, litter sacks and will collect waste and recycling at an agreed location.

Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment Cllr Jean Teesdale said: "I really welcome this initiative. Last year, villages and towns cleaned for the Queen with great success. I have no doubt people will embrace this spring clean with the same enthusiasm.

"Nothing looks worse than litter spoiling our otherwise beautiful surroundings. Some parishes and towns do annual spring cleans and it’s a really positive way to bring people together.

"It can also be great fun – you never know quite what you’re going to find! The support the waste team offers makes it so much easier and I would urge everyone to get involved."

 Volunteers and groups wishing to hold a local spring clean can request support by completing and returning the Great British Spring Clean application form [Word | 102 KB] and emailing it to  There is also a wealth of information and resources, such as downloadable posters, on the campaign’s dedicated website (external website)