Belfast Telegraph

Still time to join forces with Northern Ireland’s biggest green army

By Linda Stewart

It looks like we’re on course to build a green army of at least 3,000 adults and children — all out scouring Northern Ireland to clear it of litter for our Big Spring Clean campaign.

At last count, some 65 clean-up events had been organised by groups, businesses, schools and members of the public as part of the campaign — a joint push by the Belfast Telegraph and Tidy Northern Ireland.

We’re calling on as many people as possible to get involved in litter picks, clearing up areas of the country that have been blighted by fly-tipping and rubbish and freshening our towns and countryside up for the summer.

Latest figures reveal that more than 13,000 people have offered their support for our campaign, including 120 councillors and 30 of the outgoing MLAs, among them Environment Minister Edwin Poots, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Alliance leader David Ford and Green Party leader Steven Agnew.

We’ve joined forces with a host of partner organisations, including Tidy Northern Ireland, DoE Re-Think Waste, The National Trust, Business In The Community, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Conservation Volunteers, RSPB, GAA, IFA, McDonalds and Northern Ireland Environment Link.

We’ve also been supported by the likes of Celebrity Masterchef star Dick Strawbridge, TV presenter Lynda Bryans, TV wedding planner and agony uncle Anthony Miller, presenter Katie Larmour and Belfast Fashion Week director Cathy Martin.

The Big Spring Clean campaign has seen a host of run-up events held at places ranging from Cookstown to Kesh, Whitehead to New Lodge and Sixmilewater to Ram’s Island in Lough Neagh.

And there’s still time to sign up to the Big Spring Clean Week which runs from Friday until April 17.

We’re asking individuals and groups to roll up their sleeves and freshen up those tired-looking street corners, beaches, fields and roadsides.

You can either pick a spot that you think deserves some TLC and organise your own clean-up or visit the Tidy NI site for details of clean-ups that have been organised in your area.

For details of how to get involved in Big Spring Clean Week, just visit www.tidynorthernireland.org/bigspringclean.

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