The Great British Spring Clean is returning to Newark and Sherwood

Posted on: Monday, February 27, 2023

Work towards creating a cleaner, safer, greener district continues as the Great British Spring Clean returns to Newark and Sherwood for another year.

Next month, from Friday 17 March until Sunday 2 April 2023, Newark and Sherwood District Council will be taking part in the campaign and is encouraging residents to get involved and do their bit to rid the district of the litter that blights our communities.

And this year the District Council is taking its Great British Spring Clean a step further and bringing a significant number of other green activities and events to the district in its bid to make Newark and Sherwood cleaner, safer and greener! Running in parallel to the community litter pick projects, the District Council is hosting:

  • A Day of Action in Balderton – following nine successful Days of Action organised by the District Council in Newark and Sherwood, nearly 80 tonnes of waste has been cleared on those on days through litter picking with schools and community volunteers.
  • A public consultation for play park developments – residents will be able to discuss exciting plans for a new Castle-themed playground and Fitness Zone at the Green Flag award-winning Sconce and Devon Park and have their views on this heard.
  • An event for the planting of major oak saplings – the District Council is committed to planting more trees having planted over 18,000 trees in Newark and Sherwood over the past few years
  • Litter picking – In 2022 nearly half a million bags of litter were pledged to be collected during the campaign. This included the 232 bags that were collected by the 248 residents from Newark and Sherwood that took part.

The national Great British Spring Clean campaign, now in its eighth year, has always been well received in the district and encourages the public to join forces with a range of partners, from local councils and community groups to larger businesses, to tackle littering in their area.

The District Council works with the volunteers to provide them, and accompany them where possible, with the equipment needed for the litter picking and afterwards come to collect any bags of waste collected and dispose of them.

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “We all want to take pride in the community we live in, and I’m thrilled to see the Great British Spring Clean back again for yet another year to help us do just that.

“Not only is the campaign a brilliant way to create a cleaner, safer, greener Newark and Sherwood but it is also a fantastic opportunity for our communities to come together to achieve something for the greater good.

“We will be carrying out a huge variety of activities this year as part of the campaign and I encourage anyone who can help to get involved where they can, even the smallest actions can make a big impact.”

The District Council offers support all year round to any person, parish council, school or local community group that would like to organise a voluntary litter pick in their area. Support provided includes promoting the pick locally to encourage involvement, providing equipment including black bags and high vis vests for the group, and any waste will be collected by the District Council's waste team. 

For more information on community litter picks visit our website: