Jan 21

Communities Invited to Join a Borough-wide Spring Clean

LOVE clean readingRESIDENTS are being encouraged to get together to help clear up their neighbourhoods during this year’s first major Reading RESCUE event.

The borough-wide spring clean, sponsored by Thames Water, takes place every year and includes communities, volunteers and council staff.

This year’s event will be taking place March 4th – 6th to coincide with the national Clean for the Queen campaign which has been launched to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Twelve groups got to work in 14 areas of Reading in the autumn RESCUE event in October, including in Kennet Walk, east Reading; the Baker Street area in west Reading; Waterloo Meadows in Katesgrove and the Thames footpath from Rivermead Leisure Centre to King’s Meadow. They collected a total of 240 bags of rubbish containing 3.26 tonnes of waste.

Organisers are hoping to attract even more people to take part in this year’s spring clean-up which is part of the council’s award-winning Love Clean Reading campaign.

Councillor Liz Terry, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said:

“We have seen great community involvement in Reading RESCUE events over the years.

“A group of people working together can make a huge difference to the appearance of their neighbourhoods in just a few hours.

“We’ll provide the rubbish bags, litter pickers and brooms. All we need are some enthusiastic volunteers to put them to use.”

Neeti Bindra, community investment co-ordinator at Thames Water, said:

“As a major employer in Reading it’s important for us to make sure our surroundings are well cared for. Reading RESCUE is a great community event which allows us to participate and engage with local people and it really does make a difference to the town.

“We’re looking forward to this year’s RESCUE and hope lots of people will join our volunteers who roll up their sleeves every year and fill as many bags of rubbish as they can. Together we can all make Reading a better place to live and work.”

Anyone interested in taking part in Reading RESCUE’s spring clear-up can sign up at www.readingrescue.org.uk or by email to rescue@reading.gov.uk.

The Clean for the Queen campaign is backed by organisations including Keep Britain Tidy, National Trust and Women’s Institute. Full details can be found at www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk.

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