Stand by your brooms, bins and bags – the Great British Spring Clean is coming to a place near you.

Early next month, the campaign – backed by the Keep Britain Tidy Group and a host of commercial household names including Lidl, Costa, McDonalds and Coca Cola – aims to recruit a half million strong army of volunteers nationwide. Their mission – get outdoors,  get active and help clear up the rubbish all around us.

Community groups in and around Manchester have signed up to tackle local clean-up projects over the weekend of March 3th – 5th and organisers of the Great British Spring Clean are inviting more groups to register during the next three weeks leading up to the big event and grab a spring clean kit via the website.

The campaign has one simple ambition – to bring together like-minded people from all walks of life to clear up the litter that blights our cities, towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

“But it’s not just about picking up litter,” said a spokesman. “It’s also about sending a clear signal to those who drop the litter that there is a growing movement of people who find their behaviour unacceptable.

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“We’re calling on individuals, community groups, charities, sports clubs, business, local authorities and many more to sign up and take part.”

Manchester projects registered so far include:

  • A clean up of the Shiredale Estate in Harpurhey organised by the Shout Tenant Management Organisation. Shout – Shiredale Housing Outraged Tenants – having stopped the city council demolishing the estate in 1999, maintain a keen sense of local pride.
  • Pupils from Broad Oak Primary School, East Didsbury, will join forces with local community church volunteers to spring clean nearby Fletcher Moss Park.
  • The Southway Housing Trust is organising a “Love Your Neighbourhood” team to cover the Welsh Estate and Ladybarn, picking up litter and reporting defects in the area. All materials and equipment will be provided on the day.
  • Feel the Rhythm Clean Up will see pupils of Heald Place Primary School, Rusholme, tackling problems caused by fly tipping en excessive littering on a piece of nearby neglected land. They’ll also weed out raised beds and plant bulbs.
  • In Moss Side, a community group will come together to collect litter, sweep and tidy Roberts Avenue and Playfair Street, including the green between Roberts Avenue and Flamborough Walk.
  • The Henderson Street Neighbourhood Ginnel Clean Up will involve local residents collecting litter ahead of a planned Ginnel Festival in May.
  • The Ancoats Canal Project will see volunteers engaged in maintenance and a clean-up aimed at raising awareness of the city’s canals and encouraging more people to use them.

And don’t forget that I Love MCR is organising its own Spring Clean on Sunday, 2nd April to tackle a litter blackspot nominated by you.

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