How we got involved with the Great British Spring Clean #GBSpringclean

the great british spring clean

We love walking down to our local river and are lucky enough to live very close to it. We heard about the Great British Spring Clean launched by Keep Britain Tidy on social media and we decided that we wanted to be part of it.

the great british spring clean

This is the path leading down to the river and it actually looks really clean and tidy. I thought that we wouldn’t really have that much to clear up as I know that there are groups that volunteer along the river and keep it as nice as possible.

the great british spring clean

The event was held over the weekend of 3rd – 5th March 2017. You could register on the website and make use of all sorts of printable resources to promote what you were going to do.

I printed off some posters there and they also had some printable certificates too which is a nice little boost for kids and adults alike.

the great british spring clean

To be fair it was all a little last-minute and I only got the poster on the path gate the day before the events were taking place. I thought it would be nice if there was anyone who wanted to join in with us. There would already be the 4 of us with me, my OH and the two boys. On the day it turned out that it was just us and another lady who had seen me putting the poster on the day before. She was a teacher and walked down the river most days so liked the ideas of doing her bit.

We all got really stuck into our challenge and the boys and the OH went right into the trees and bank alongside the path. To my surprise the bags were starting to fill up!

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By the time we had finished we had four black bin liners full of rubbish. We even had a competition for who had the most unusual piece that was found. We decided that it had to be the motorcycle helmet as surely you would notice if you had left that behind!

the great british spring clean

In good recycling fashion my OH then sorted the rubbish into what could go in which of our bins – normal or recycling – and we got ourselves cleaned up in time to watch our beloved Bournemouth football team play in the afternoon on the TV as they were away that week.

It was a great way to spend the day and an eye opener to the amount of unnecessary rubbish left around by people, it’s hard to understand how people can just drop things and not seem to care.

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You can see in the short video below Steve Backshall talking about the event and the effects of rubbish on the environment.

the great british spring clean

I’d love to hear if you have been involved in any environmental projects or if you do anything locally within your own community.


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27 thoughts on “How we got involved with the Great British Spring Clean #GBSpringclean”

  1. What a neat idea! I’m ashamed now that the last time I picked up trash along a trail was in school, on Earth Day. That was a long time ago! Of course, I pick up the odd trash and recyclables but never in quantity. I would like for there to be an organization here that could help arrange this kind of thing.
    Kudos on doing your part, and teaching your children to, as well!
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  2. This is a GREAT idea! We always end up picking up bits on our walks and it makes me so grumpy the things that get left behind! If everyone did what you’re doing it would make such a difference! #kcacols

    1. I love that these initiatives are run too. I’m glad I saw it and was able to make it a family affair. Now we can just do it ourselves every couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by, Mainy x

  3. This is such a good idea and also lets kids know that litter dropping isnt good. If more people do this with their kids, then maybe we can fix the environment at least with regards to rubbish!
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  4. What a brilliant idea. Good on you for doing your bit. Im sorry to say the last time I did anything like this was probably about 15 years ago when I worked at a hotel and my manager made me go litter picking in the car park. Like you, I thought it seemed pretty clean at the time so was surprised with how quickly the bags filled up. Thank you for the eye opener – I’ll be sure to make sure I do my bit from now on. #TriumphantTales

  5. What an amazing thing to do, well done you for getting involved and rasing awareness about the campaign too! It’s awful to walk around and see rubbish everywhere, fabulous idea! Thanks so much for linking up to #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx

  6. What a great thing to get involved in. There is so much litter around my local area and no one seems to care… I wonder if you could get people together to do a clean up. I have to admit to being a little bit adverse to getting all mucky though picking up other people’s rubbish! The motorcycle helmet was certainly an unusual find. Thanks for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRT. Hope you can come back next week.

    1. You’re right, a little does go a long way and I’m glad I saw it was taking place, it opened my eyes:)

  7. Oh if everyone could clean up after themselves that country could be so much better. Anyway it’s really good idea to take a kids with you and they can learn something good:) thanks for sharing it with #GlobalBlogging

    1. Here’s hoping that little by little it soaks into them and they can do things like this as a regular event:) thanks for stopping by and commenting x

  8. What a great thing to do and to get the kids involved in too. Cant believe you collected so much rubbish, people really should be more responsible and keep the environment clean!

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