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community’s environmental group picked up one of the top honours at Keep
Britain Tidy’s Diamond Jubilee Awards Ceremony in Liverpool yesterday.
of Thringstone, Leicestershire, won the Keep Britain Tidy Big Tidy Up Award,
sponsored by Waitrose.
Beginning with litter picks,
this group has gone even far beyond litter. Whether it’s the members carrying
out daily litter picks in the village or producing regular newsletters for
every household, this group is an asset to Thringstone.
group works with local landowners, as well as schools, scouts, Air and Army
Cadets and businesses. It raises its own funds and motivates the whole
community, achieving excellent results for all the members’ hard work.
collected more than 5,600 bags of litter from the village in ten years, the
group was presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2011.
Big Tidy Up is England’s biggest-ever litter pick. Since 2008, more than half a
million people in more than 25,000 groups have collected nearly 120,000 bags of
of Thringstone were among the 11 winners whose achievements were recognised at
the ceremony, in the presence of Environment Minister Dan Rogerson MP and Keep
Britain Tidy’s Ambassador, TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp. The awards celebrated the
exceptional contributions that Keep Britain Tidy’s partners and supporters have
made to the local and global environment.
Barton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Congratulations to the Friends
of Thringstone for winning the Keep Britain Tidy Big Tidy Up Award. It is
fantastic that the group has dedicated the past decade to keeping their village
clean, while working with local businesses and schools and securing sponsorship
for equipment. Well done to all those involved.”
Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Getting everyone involved in improving the
environment and taking pride in their local area is vital if we’re going to
stop people littering.
kind of innovation and creativity shown by the nominees and winners of these
awards plays a huge role in inspiring this action and I congratulate them on
their efforts to keep our neighbourhoods clean and tidy. I hope their success
inspires more initiatives across the country to help manage waste and keep
The runners up in the Big Tidy Up Award category were;
• Rochdale Environmental Action Group
to improve its local area, this group uses regular litter picks to work with
residents and businesses to change attitudes, behaviours and encourage people
to have pride in Rochdale.
award was sponsored by Waitrose, which recently supported Keep Britain Tidy’s
Jubilee Big Tidy Up, helping communities up and down the country improve their
local areas. More than 100 stores took part in tidy-ups alongside schools and
The full list of winners
from the Diamond Jubilee Awards;
Click here to see the Diamond Jubilee Awards gallery from the event
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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