Friends of the Lake District look ahead to the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick

Friends of the Lake District look ahead to the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick

A charity is urging members of the public to join it in an effort to clean up the countryside.

Friends of the Lake District will stage its Great Cumbrian Litter Pick in July, in an attempt to tidy up its ‘glorious county’.

The organisation is hoping thousands of people of all ages and from all communities will rise to the challenge and show their support, getting involved either as a group, organising a community litter pick in their area or as an individual, signing up to join and organised event.

A competition will be held to find out which district can host the most litter picks: Eden, Carlisle, Allerdale, Copeland, Barrow or South Lakeland.

Ruth Kirk, landscape engagement officer for Friends of the Lake District said: “Not a day goes by currently, without more news about the global, harmful effects of plastics and other discarded materials on our environment.

“Litter not only spoils how our beautiful Cumbrian landscapes look, it also creates toxins and pollutants that are harmful to the land, and the wildlife and livestock that live here.

“Unfortunately it’s a really sad fact that we see litter everywhere we go now and so we thought hosting the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick would be an ideal opportunity to get together and make a start for a cleaner Cumbria. Through small, individual actions, we can effect real change.

“Let’s make this a really high profile and well-supported day and show the rest of the UK how proud we are of our county.”

The county-wide clean-up is planned for Friday 6 July.

More details are available on the Friends of the Lake District website.

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