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Spring Clean is Nearly Here!

Spring Clean is Nearly Here!



There is less than one month to go until the 2017 Waltham Forest Spring Clean, and around 30 different clean-up events have already been planned by community-minded residents groups, schools, businesses and individuals.



Litter picks, planting, pruning and painting will all be taking place during 17, 18 and 19 March, as well as bio-diversity activities and ‘guerilla gardening’ in communal areas. Residents are being urged to register their events by Friday 3 March so the Council can provide any support and equipment they need.



Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment said: “Once again we’ve had an overwhelming response from people wanting to get involved in this year’s Waltham Forest Spring Clean. The event has become a real annual tradition and a great example of the fantastic community spirit that exists in our borough.



“We want to make this year’s Spring Clean our biggest and best yet, and there’s still time to organise an event. So even if you can only spare an hour or two why not get out there and show some love for your local community?”



Residents can register their events by emailing mcdu@walthamforest.gov.uk. Organisers are asked to provide the date, time, location for their Spring Clean event, as well as number of volunteers expected by Friday 3 March.



The Council’s Neighbourhoods team can provide tools and equipment including plants, paint, litter pickers, hi-vis vests and rubbish bags. They can also collect any waste collected after clean-up events.



To celebrate the start of spring there will be a free compost giveaway on 17, 18 and 19 March. Residents can just bring a shovel and help themselves at the following locations:




  • Church Lane car park, Leytonstone (E11 1HE)

  • Langthorne Park car park, Birch Grove, Leytonstone (E11 4YG)

  • John Beanse Waste and Recycling Education Centre Car Park, Pimp Hall Nature Reserve, 48 Kings Road, Chingford (E4 7HR)

  • Stocksfield Road, Walthamstow (by the Brandon Road Car park), E17 3LJ



The annual Spring Clean has gone from strength to strength since first taking place in 2011, with over 10,000 volunteers rolling up their sleeves and doing their bit to spruce up their local communities.



Last year’s Spring Clean resulted in over 50 tonnes of waste being collected by Waltham Forest residents, with green-fingered residents planting over 2,000 bedding plants. Other activities included painting of street furniture, graffiti removal and tree pruning.



Volunteers can also spread the word about Spring Clean and let everyone know how they are getting involved by using the hashtag #WFSpringClean17 on Twitter and Facebook.



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