A great campaign has been set up in Chislehurst to try and raise awareness of the issues of litter in and around the area.

The Chislehurst Society – a local conservation and heritage group has challenged local residents to pick up 5 pieces of litter a day this Spring.  The event takes place from 22nd March through to 23rd April – all part of the Keep Britain Tidy British Spring Clean campaign. Read more about this National Scheme here.

The national campaign is calling on #LitterHeroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep. They’re aiming to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible.

Their rally call asks people to stand together and declare that litter pollution, including single-use plastic – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable.

Chislehurst Litter Pick poster

Joanna Friel, Chair of the Chislehurst Society is keen to get local support for this initiative.

“One of the Chislehurst Society’s main objects is to help keep the place we live in clean and green. We want to participate in this campaign to keep driving forward the message ‘Chislehurst is not a dumping ground, take your litter home’ and if it has to be cleaned up let’s enjoy the open air and giving something back to the community we live in. It’s not bad for physical and mental well-being either!”

The Chislehurst Society is also offering a prize for one lucky person who tags the Chislehurst Society (see social media handles on the poster above) on their litter picking photos during the campaign. Just add the hashtag – #ChislehurstLitterHero or alternatively, you can drop them an email at admin@chislehurst-society.org.uk

Steve Backshall is also backing the campaign – check out this inspiring video – Jemma Glitter and the voyage of Bob the Bottle.

It would be great to see other areas across South London taking up the challenge.

Be Part of the Pick! #GBSpringClean #LitterHeroes #ChislehurstLitterHero

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