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COTSWOLD District Council’s ‘Great Cotswolds Clean up’ prize competition will get underway on Friday March 2.
The council is inviting community groups to clean up their neighbourhoods and possibly share in a £1,000 prize fund.
From Friday March 2 until Sunday April 2, schools, community groups and other volunteers are being encouraged to carry out a litter pick in their communities, take before and after photographs and indicate how they would use the prize money to enhance their environment.
There will be three prizes on offer in the CDC competition, £500 for first, £300 for second and £200 for third.
To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01285 623123 and provide the location of the litter pick, together with the name of a community representative who is willing to liaise with the council.
The council expect that person to take the before and after photographs of the area being tidied, and provide details of the size of the work party. When the competition concludes, a panel of CDC judges will draw up a short-list and visit the finalists to assess the work done.
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for Environment said: “There are so many residents who are enthusiastic about keeping the Cotswolds clean and tidy, and last year’s competition entrants clearly had a lot of fun in the process.
“Running this prize competition is a small gesture to thank everyone for their efforts.
“We can supply bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility jackets for clean-up work, and it will help our environmental team if volunteers could stagger the take-up over the duration of the competition so that we can use our resources to best effect.
“We can also arrange for Ubico Ltd to make special collections of filled bags after litter picks. Please call 01285 623123 if you require assistance with equipment or collection of filled bags.”