The Great British Spring Clean is coming to Balderton

Posted on: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Newark and Sherwood District Council is bringing the Great British Spring Clean to Balderton, and tackling a variety of cleaner, safer, greener issues during an upcoming Day of Action next week.

The event, taking place on Thursday 23 March, will focus on targeting issues identified during a pre-event assessment that was attended by District Council officers and Balderton Parish Council.

The intensive programme of activities for the day includes various cleansing activities, safety discussions and activities to tackle environmental offences, in an effort to create a Cleaner, Safer, Greener Newark and Sherwood for local residents to enjoy.

Activities on the day will include:

  • Community litter picking including local school children
  • A deep cleanse with intensive street sweeping
  • Litter bin replacements
  • Removal of any fly-tipping
  • Tidying parks and open spaces
  • Tree and bulb planting with local schools
  • Responsible dog ownership education
  • Graffiti removal
  • 'Thank You' cards, delivered to well-maintained homes
  • Environmental enforcement activities with partners from Waste Investigation Support and Enforcement (WISE)
  • Repairs to lighting and potholes with partners from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Via

The Balderton Day of Action follows nine highly successful days of action run by the District Council in the last three years, including those in Newark, Ollerton, Boughton, Southwell, Blidworth, Clipstone and Bilsthorpe.

So far, the District Council has removed nearly 80 tonnes of waste during nine successful Days of Action.

The Day of Action is being hosted by the District Council as part of its Great British Spring Clean, a national clean-up campaign that encourages everyone, from councils and businesses to schools and residents, to work together to help keep local communities clean and litter free.

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. In addition to the Balderton Day of Action, the District Council is hosting:

  • 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. The event will take place on Wednesday 22 March.
  • 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. Over 70 Parish and Town Councils in the district have been given a free tree sapling to plant as part of the Great British Spring Clean.
  • Community Garden on land next to the Library – a fantastic new community garden has been developed on the land adjacent to Newark Library, and the space will be open to the public after a formal opening on 25 March. In time and subject to official approval, the District Council is hoping to re-name the garden after the late Monarch Queen Elizabeth II.
  • Community litter picking events - 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.

Find out more about the Great British Spring Clean: