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  • Writer's pictureNikki Latham

Help Clean Up Dorchester With The Great British Spring Clean

Dorchester Town Council have two dates for your diaries (23rd and 31st March 2023), to help with community litter picks across the town.

Meeting at 10am at the Borough Gardens bandstand, and running until 12 noon, the council will be lending out litter pickers, glovers and other equipment to volunteers to help with the tidy up. Anyone can attend, but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Connie Hollings, Development Assistant for Dorchester Town Council, says “These picks are a great way for people to get involved in the community while doing a bit of good for the environment! We want everyone to love where they live and events like this show the spirit of locals here in Dorchester. Litter has an enormous impact on our beautiful area, every piece that gets picked up will make a difference. Come along and help us tackle the problem head-on.”

If you would like to take part in our litter pick or arrange your own pick, please contact Connie Hollings at Dorchester Town Council by emailing or call Connie on 01305 266861.

If you can't make these dates, Dorchester Town Council loans out their equipment to groups, businesses, schools and even individuals to organise their own litter pick. They can even offer advice on how to organise one.

Dorchester Councillor Frances Hogwood, organises her own litter picking groups in Poundbury and the town centre, she says: “Litter picking is fun as the group of Poundbury litter pickers will confirm - don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You never quite know what interesting discoveries you might make and it’s also sociable: frequently people out walking will want to talk and that’s your chance to pass on the message about plastic pollution. One local firm takes part as part of their community work as well as promoting health and wellbeing through the exercise involved. The initial trigger to organise ourselves was environmental concern as most litter is plastic or plastic based and needs to be prevented from landing up in the sea or polluting the land. The reason we have an ongoing system is because the disgusting habit of litter dropping is an ongoing problem!”

For more general information on litter picking or future events visit Litter Free Dorset's

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