Fenland gets ready to Clean for the Queen

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 February 2016

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Volunteers will be turning out in force in support of the Clean for the Queen anti-litter campaign in March.

Several Street Pride groups have already organised events for the national campaign’s special clean-up weekend of March 4 to 6 and more people are being encouraged to join them.

Organisers hope to get a million individuals involved in the weekend, which aims to tidy up Britain in time for the monarch’s 90th birthday on April 21.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “All our regular Street Pride, In Bloom and Friends volunteers do a fantastic job week in and week out, helping to keep Fenland clean and tidy.

“But this is a great opportunity for a lot of others to lend a hand, too.

“This is a special year for the Queen and the campaign is designed to be both a gift for her and one that will benefit us all.

“We want to play our part and get as many people involved as possible.”

The weekend’s activities will kick off on Friday March 4, when volunteers from the Waterlees In Bloom and Street Pride group will be litter-picking and planting flowers in the area.

Pupils from Orchards Primary School will also be helping. They will meet at the Oasis Centre in Wisbech at 12.30pm.

Two other events are scheduled for the opening day.

The Hereward Community Rail Partnership is holding a community clear-up day at Whittlesey Station, tidying land that will eventually become a community garden. Volunteers will meet at the station car park at 10.30am.

March’s Street Pride group will be out and about as well, meeting at the George Campbell Centre at 10am.

On Saturday March 5, Manea Street Pride will be staging a ‘royal rumble’, litter-picking around the village’s park and the pit. They will meet at Rumours Café at 10am.

Whittlesey Street Pride will also be conducting a general clean-up that day, meeting at the Buttercross at 10am.

Volunteers from the Chatteris Street Pride and In Bloom group will do their bit, too, meeting outside the town council chamber at 10am.

On Sunday March 6, it will be Leverington Street Pride’s turn, meeting at the village’s sports and social club at 10.30am.

Have you got something planned? Call Rebecca Robinett, Fenland District Council’s Street Pride coordinator, on 01354 654321 or email rrobinett@fenland.gov.uk

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